Looking for something fancy and seemingly decadent to serve? I whipped up these elegant canapés for an Academy Awards Party on Sunday. The cucumber and radish slices are wonderfully crunchy and refreshing and the creme is brightly flavored and tastes decadent. None of your guests will even notice they’re eating their veggies. Ha! The veggie ninja strikes again.
1 bunch radishes, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
Sprinkling of sea salt
Sprinkling of ground black peppercorns
1/3 c raw cashews, soaked overnight, soaking liquid reserved
2-3 tsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 tsp white miso, or nutritional yeast
2-3 tsp horseradish mustard
1 dash sea salt
Or several wee dill sprigs (check out my photo on Instagram to see these cuties!)
Or several wee parsley sprigs
1. Place all ingredients for Horseradish Creme in a blender or Vitamix. Blend until smooth. You may have to add a bit more of the cashew soaking liquid to get a smooth texture. Adjust seasonings to taste. You can always add fresh horseradish if you love it really spicy. Add more miso for a cheesier flavor, add more lemon juice to brighten it up, or add more mustard if you just love mustard. Like me, I love mustard.
2. Thinly slice the radishes into rounds. Slice the cucumber into rounds also – slightly thicker than the radishes. Place the cucumber slices on a plate and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. I ground these Tasmanian Black Peppercorns from Savory Spice Shop onto my cucumber slices. These peppercorns add a lovely red hue when freshly ground.
3. Top each cucumber slice with a radish slice and add a dollop of cashew creme. I filled my pastry bag with the creme and used the star tip to make those adorable dollops. Also I love the word dollop. Sprinkle with your garnish of choice and wow your guests with something that looks like you slaved away for hours… or maybe…. 12 Years.
Soundtrack: Happy by Pharell Williams