Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Cool Cucumber Canapés. (They're 5-star & super easy)

Don't let the fancy word canapé fool you; this is just a modernized version of deviled eggs!

Can't remember where I got this recipe--a magazine? Anyhow, it's nutritious and has a surprisingly wonderful texture. It's best if you assemble it at the last minute, but that takes no time at all. The topping is easily made ahead and it keeps well. (Makes great sandwiches too.)

1 tbsp Spanish Onion, finely minced
3 tbsp Mayonnaise (the real stuff makes all the difference)
2 tsp. Dijon Mustard (we hatesesss it preciousss! I substitute mustard powder-1/2 tsp)
Approximately 1 tsp Dried Dill (fresh is even better--1 tbsp then)
Approximately 1 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley (dried if you don't gots it)
Pinch o' salt
fresh ground pepper
4 hardboiled eggs, finely-minced (love those Born3 eggs!)
4 radishes finely minced
1 large cucumber scored (with a fork/zesting tool) & sliced (a wavy cutter looks cool & helps the topping stay on.)

Combine finely-minced onion with mayo, mustard of your choice (Dijon, dry, French's, or none; it's good like that too.) Save a wee bit of radish and herbs (only if fresh or they feel pasty) for garnish. Add dill, parsley, salt & pepper, and finely chopped radishes.

Finely mince the hard boiled eggs & combine with above; mix it up! :0)

At the last minute:
Score and slice your cuke. Pat the tops dry a wee bit. Use star tip in piping bag to pipe onto cukes (or use a plastic baggy as a piping bag or plop it on with a spoon.) Garnish with the chopped parsley & fresh herbs.

Alternatively: egg mix can be piped into red bell pepper wedges or celery sticks
One small shredded carrot can be substituted for radishes (that offers a nice texture too.)

[Chicken variation (though I can't vouch for this one, not sure I like canned chicken--kinda dry): Substitute 2 cans (6 ounce/170g ea) chunk white chicken (drained & finely chopped) for eggs. Increase mayo to 4 tbsp and add 2 tbsp milk to the chicken mix.]

:o) Mel

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