For Mother's Day I can think of nothing sweeter than waking up to home made cards and love notes from my four children and then maybe enjoying a relaxing brunch with my mother. Most days breakfast means oatmeal, eggs or cereal straight out of the box for the kids and maybe a banana and coffee for me. Although I try to be better, there are just so many easier options available when trying to get everyone out of the house by 8:00 a.m. intact and with both shoes on the correct feet. So when it comes to Mother's Day, even though I want to show my own mom how much I love her by enjoying a gourmet brunch that we both love so dearly, I have to relinquish to the fact that I'm just to tired to make anything fancy and just to poor to afford a resort style affair.
So when I made these darling little appetizers for a recent party I had, I knew I couldn't wait for an excuse to make them again. I brought these to our family Easter get together and we enjoyed them with a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio out on my sister-in-laws patio looking over one of the many gorgeous Phoenix golf courses and mountains.
When my mom and I both were popping these into our mouths faster than I could arrange them on a plate for my guests, I knew I had a keeper. Smoked salmon is one of my favorite treats and the remaining short list of ingredients in these petite bites pair together so wonderfully you will savour each and every single salivating chew.
Lox, Dill and Capers on Persian Cucumber
with whipped cream cheese.
Now, on a sadder note, my favorite online photo editing program has come to an end. Picnik has been my savour when it came to making the food shots that come out of my point and shoot look presentable. Doesn't it seem that just when you really get comfortable with something it tends to change or vanish all together? I don't get attached very easily when it comes to inanimate objects but Picnik was this non-techy girls best friend. I suppose I will just have to be a big girl and really learn how to use the Photoshop that has been hanging out somewhere in my computer for the last few years.
Lox on Pumpernickel
I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day and get to spend time showing those you love how much they mean to you and hopefully enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation!
You Will Need:
1 petite loaf of pumpernickel bread
1- 14 oz. container of whipped cream cheese (you will not need all of this)
6 oz. salmon lox (smoked salmon)
2 Persian or English cucumbers (seedless)
1/4 cup minced red onion
Putting it all together:
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the rind off of the cucumber leaving thin strips for appearance sake. Slice cucumber 1/4 inch thick. Using a small food processor, mince onion. I mixed some of the onion right into my cream cheese.
Using a spoon, spread a bit of cream cheese (whipped works best) onto 1 of the sliced cucumbers and the pumpernickel, reserving 1 of the sliced cucumbers for layering on the bread.
For the cucumber bites, simply top with cream cheese, salmon lox and a bit of fresh dill.
Look for packages of salmon lox that say 'Pre-Sliced' then you simply have to pull them apart and fold them on top of your hors devours/.
For the pumpernickel bites, top with cream cheese, cucumber, salmon lox then garnish with a bit of minced onion, capers and a fresh dill sprig.