Cucumber Fans

Cucumber Fans

These canapé Cucumber Fans are a delectable and stylish treat. 

Cucumber Fans
 
Yield: 6 canapés • Preparation: 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 6 slices very thin firm white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm
  • 1 recipe Matcha Aïoli (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: 6 fried caper blossoms*
Instructions
  1. Using a 3¼-inch triangular cutter, cut 6 shapes from bread. To prevent drying out, store bread triangles in a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Cut cucumber into 5-inch sections. Using a mandoline, cut 30 paper-thin vertical slices from cucumber sections.
  3. Spread Matcha Aïoli onto bread triangles. Top each with 5 cucumber slices, overlapping and fanning slices. Turn canapés over, cucumber side down. Trim and discard excess cucumber from canapé edges to neaten. Turn canapés back over, cucumber side up.
  4. Referring to photograph for placement, garnish each canapé with a fried caper blossom before serving, if desired.
Notes
*To fry capers, heat 1 inch canola oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Rinse capers, and pat dry with paper towels. Fry until capers open like blossoms. Drain on paper towels.

Matcha Aïoli
 
Yield: ⅓cup • Preparation: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped capers
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon matcha green tea*
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, capers, lemon zest, matcha, salt, and pepper, stirring until blended and smooth.
  2. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a day.
Notes
* Matcha is a finely ground tea powder. For testing purposes, we used Harney & Sons Matcha Jobetsugi, available at harney.com.

 

From TeaTime, July/August 2015

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