Cucumber Radish Canapés

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Exciting news… I am harvesting from my tiny garden already! Lettuce, swiss chard and radishes. I planted the radishes to give myself some instant gratification, since radishes only take about 35 days to transform from seeds into spicy, crunchy little treats.

Typically I eat radishes as a healthy snack with a little salt, or throw them into a green salad – but when I saw my chives blooming this weekend, I got inspired to make some little canapés. So easy and refreshing – these pretty appetizers would be perfect to pass around at a baby or wedding shower – or to kick off a summer meal on the patio.

Chive blossoms are edible and quite delicious. It’s best to use small flowers, but if the blossoms are large,  just break off the individual petals to garnish each canapé.

I used a petite seeded French baguette from LaBrea for this recipe, but any small French baguette will work just fine. What a fun way to celebrate the first crop of the season!

Cucumber Radish Canapes
 
Light, refreshing, and beautiful. Cucumber Radish Canapes are perfect for special occasions like baby showers and wedding receptions - or a garden party in your own back yard.
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Recipe type: Appetizer / Starter
Ingredients
  • 1 French style baguette
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 10 radishes
  • Small bunch fresh chives, including blossoms if available
  • 4 oz. spreadable light cream cheese
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Wash the cucumber and slice it thinly. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt and set aside.
  2. Wash the radishes and slice thinly. Set aside.
  3. Chop two tablespoons of chives - reserve some stems for garnish. Combine the chopped chives with the cream cheese and stir to combine.
  4. Slice the baguette thinly.
  5. Spread a layer of cream cheese over each baguette slice. Top with a cucumber slice and three radish slices.
  6. Garnish with additional chives and chive blossoms if desired.
  7. Best if served immediately - but you can make these ahead - wrap tightly with plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 hours.

 

4 comments

  1. Uncle Dave says:

    If it fits, it ships’ watch mail for June 1 as we mail on 31st. Treasure also included from Grandma’s collectibles. D&L

  2. Uncle Dave says:

    My apologies for not getting Grandma Martha Chives to you.
    I know, I’ll move them into a virtual pot [plastic sack] hydrate well and send by overnight mail, you can place in ground or pot for a piece of your family cooking history. No chance of a Seattle trip any time soon. I’ll also send the starts of the Chinese Chives.
    Good Cooking!

    • MaryMiller says:

      I look forward to re-making these canapés with Gramma’s chives! I will also be posting about their historical significance! Let me know when they go into the mail and I will keep my eyes out for them! Thank you, thank you!

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