Smoked Salmon Appetizer
2 Tbsp chopped scallion
1/2 lb fresh mozzarella cheese slices
2 tomatoes, sliced
2 apples, sliced
2 large red onions, sliced
1 package smoked salmon
lemon juice to taste
In a small, individual serving size Pyrex custard dish:
Spread bottom loosely with chopped scallion
Top with thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese
Top with thin slice of tomato
Top with thin slice of apple
Top with thin slice of red onion
Top with smoked salmon
Repeat layering above
Drizzle a little lemon juice and place in frig to meld for a while.
When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator. Use a knife to create air pockets. Then tip over and place in middle of your serving dish.
Dice enough cucumber to spread a loose circle around the appetizer.
Mix cucumber with a little bit of olive oil, capers, salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon the garnish around the appetizer.
All the flavors together are delicious!
Note: Health officials have come out very vocally to tell people it is CRITICAL to eat salmon. They point out that both amounts of dioxins (in both farm and wild salmon) are below FDA requirements and that it is well proven that the omega-3 oils in salmon are critical for a healthy heart. They say that 1 out of 2 people dying today do so for heart reasons. To sacrifice your heart health for a slight, long term, unproven risk of cancer would not be wise.
Some people feel that eating wild salmon is healthier than eating farm raised salmon because farm salmon are stuck in a pen and are more likely to pick up toxins. However, wild salmon can be four times the price of farm raised salmon. Really, you should try to get salmon into your weekly diet however you can afford it. The many benefits you get from salmon's omega three oils far outweigh any tiny risk you might get from contaminants in the water. If you were going to take that approach, you would not eat any vegetables, fruit or meat at all because all of them are exposed to toxins in our modern world :)
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