I needed a treat for a fancy little soiree (that’s an exaggeration; it was only a few girl scout moms planning camping trips and cookie sale strategies). No time for a grocery run and subsequent cooking, my mind raced through the items in my fridge. Aha! I already had all the ingredients for THESE.
Lucky for me, trying out an antique recipe for tartare sauce resulted in way more tartare than we can eat. In addition, I had some leftover smoked salmon, cucumbers from Saturdays farmers market, and lemons, chives and green onions from my garden (woohoo!).
The antique recipe for tartare sauce (White House Cook Book, 1887) is here. Make that first. Then, slice your cucumbers (pretty thick so they are sturdy) and use a cookie cutter to make your shapes. Use whatever cookie cutters you have on hand that are small enough to fit within the circumference of a cucumber slice. As a mom with two daughters who love sugar cookies (and play dough), we have a hoard of cookie cutter shapes.
Swipe, Smear, and Shred!
On a serving tray of your choice, lay out your cucumber shapes. Swipe a smear of tartare sauce on the cucumber to act as a glue to help the salmon stick.
Next, shred your smoked salmon. You can use a knife but I tear it apart with my hands. Lay salmon, oh so nicely, on your cucumber flowers. Drop a dallup of tartare on the salmon. Sprinkle with green onions, chives and lemon zest (zest is optional, but does add a nice zing). You don’t need both onions and chives but since I have them in my garden, I like to use them. Helps me justify why I need all those plants.
They are quick to make and elegant, quite fancy pants if I do say so myself! We also tried them on chips with capers … equally yum!
Delicious smear of tartare sauce holds the cucumber, smoked salmon, and chives
- 3 ounces smoked salmon
- 3 cucumbers
- ½ cup tartar sauce
- small handful of chopped chives or 4 finely chopped green onions, or both
- 1 tablespoon of capers (optional) - use sparingly
- 1 teaspoon of lemon zest (optional)
- Slice cucumbers.
- Use cookie cutters to make cucumber shapes.
- Lightly smear tartare sauce on cucumber shapes.
- Lay shredded salmon.
- Place a small dallop of tartare sauce.
- Top with 1-2 capers (optional).
- Top with chives, or green onions or both and lemon zest (optional).