One of the best things about this time of year is gathering with friends to raise a glass and celebrate. Food is always an important part of this but truly I get a little tired of the fried food and cheese plates that can make up a lot of what is being served. Don't get me wrong I adore cheese etc but I'm so often left craving something really fresh.
These are one of my favourite healthy canapés and the perfect simple bite to serve up as you get merry with loved ones. A combination of greeny goodness and wholesome salmon that is addictivly tasty and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Cucumber makes the perfect lo-carb alternative to crackers or bread. Because lord knows there are no shortage of carby treats through-out the silly season.
Sweet broadbeans and peas are spiked with garlic, herbs and lemon. They are the perfect base for hot smoked salmon. I use Regal Salmon's beautiful wood roasted fillets for this. They are already one of my favourite ways to eat salmon and make this little snack a breeze to put together.
You can enjoy also this combination on toasted rye bread or stirred through steamed quinoa.
Have a wonderful silly season. Kelly x
Cucumber rounds w/ smoked salmon and crushed herby broadbeans
Serves 6-10 as a snack / canape
500g frozen broad beans
1 cup (150g) frozen peas
2 cloves garlic – finely diced
Juice of 1-2 lemons
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Handful fresh parsley leaves – roughly chopped
Handful fresh basil leaves - roughly chopped
¾ teaspoon sea salt
Cracked black pepper
1 telegraph cucumber - cut into 7.5mm slices
Place broad beans in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for five minutes before draining well. Remove the skins of the broad bean and discard the skins.
Cover the peas in boiling water for three minutes. Drain well and place in a food processor along with the broad beans, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper. Process until the broad beans and peas are pureed but still have a little chunkiness.
Blot the cucumber slices with some paper towels to get rid of excess moisture. This important - the canapés may seem soggy otherwise.
Spoon a rounded teaspoon of broad bean spread onto each piece of cucumber and top with a piece of smoked salmon fillet. Top with a tiny basil leaf, piece of parsley or a sprig of micro-greens .
Can be assembled up to 20 minutes in advance.
The broadbean spread can be refrigerated for up to two days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Thank you Regal Salmon for sponsoring this post.
And thank you dear readers for supporting the companies that support what I do. Kelly x