Sarasota's Smoked Salmon Shooters

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"There are literally ' tons' of recipes for these on line; but, this is a really easy - elegant - and, delicious appetizer. And literally, it takes no time to put together. Now, for a group; simply get the plastic shot glasses at any local liquor or party store. I can even find them at Walmart, Target, etc. Prep all the ingredients earlier that day; and, simply assemble them before the party. They are the perfect make ahead appetizer. Now, depending on the size of the glass you use; you can make 10-20 of these 'SHOTS.' Remember, you can add as much of each layer, as you want. And, you can also garnish it to your liking too. Cooking time does not include time for the ingredients to 'chill' before assembling the shots."

Original recipe yields 6-10 servings
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  • Serving Size: 1 (142.1 g)
  • Calories 238.2
  • Total Fat - 14.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 47.3 mg
  • Sodium - 851.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.8 g
  • Sugars - 1.4 g
  • Protein - 23.1 g
  • Calcium - 561.9 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Salmon ... Add the salmon, red onion, and lemon to a small bowl; and, toss to combine. Just a small squeeze of lemon is all you need. Cover with plastic wrap; and, refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 2

Cucumber ... Add the cucumber to small mesh strainer; and, lightly toss with salt. Let the cucumber rest in the strainer 10-15 minutes; then, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to dry. Then, transfer to a small bowl with the capers; and, toss to combine. If you don't have a strainer; simply add the cucumbers to a plate lined with a couple of paper towel - this will also work.

Step 3

Cheese ... Add the cheese, whipping cream, scallions, dill, lemon zest, cayenne, salt and pepper; to a small bowl; and whisk until creamy and smooth. Make sure to refrigerate until firm. Then, add the mixture to a ziploc bag so you can pipe it into the shot glasses. Once the goat cheese has firmed up a bit; cut the bottom tip off of the ziploc bag, and squeeze the mixture into the shot glass. You can use a pastry bag too; but, the 'baggie/ziploc' works just as well.

Step 4

Shooters ... Remember, there is no RIGHT or WRONG, as to how you layer these. I like a little of the cheese mixture on the bottom, salmon, cucumber; and finish with more cheese.

Step 5

Now, you can always add a layer of one of the garnishes ... olives, tomatoes, or eggs ... that is totally up to you. I try to keep it simple with the 3 layers; then, have fun with the garnishes.

Step 6

Again, depending the size of glasses you use; the amount of each layer and garnishes is up to you.

Step 7

Serve and ENJOY! ... Bagel chips or sticks are really fun; bread sticks, pumpernickel crackers, garlic chips, pita; even celery sticks. Have fun with it. And, definitely make them your own. Note ... Every time I make them - they always seem to be a bit different.

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