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A fun, decadent and delicious appetizer that's easy to make and tastes great. Serve it alongside some of our other menu ideas for A Modern Caviar Cocktail Party.


  • 2 hot house or English cucumbers, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • Homemade Crème Fraîche*
  • 1 jar of Petrossian Caviarcubes
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh tarragon or dill, finely chopped

*Note: Any leftover crème fraîche can be added to a soup or atop smoked salmon.


Using a melon baller, scoop out some of the cucumber flesh, leaving the bottom intact, for all of the slices. Then add a dollop of crème fraîche inside each cucumber cup. Top with a caviar cube and then a pinch of tarragon or dill.

Serve immediately, or wrap loosely and store in the refrigerator.

Salmon Cakes with Cucumber-Roe Sauce

A beautiful bite-sized appetizer for your next gathering. This recipe also makes larger cakes for more of a meal.

  1. 1 3-inch piece English cucumber, peeled and seeded
  2. Zest form 1/2 lemon
  3. 1/3 cup sour cream
  1. 1 1/2 pounds fresh salmon
  2. 1 scallion, white and light green parts, finely chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped
  4. Zest from 1/2 lemon
  5. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  6. 1/2 -1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  7. Freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  8. 2 tablespoons vegetable (or canola) oil
  9. Smoked trout roe caviar, plus extra for garnish

1. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a double layer of paper towels and place over a bowl. Grate cucumber into strainer and allow cucumber to drain for about 30 minutes. Once drained, squeeze out any additional liquid from cucumber and place into a separate bowl. Add lemon zest and sour cream and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

Makes approximately 18 cakes.


Below is a collection of what we have found to be the top 16 cucumber appetizer recipes. All these recipes link to the original recipe.

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1. Cucumber Shrimp Avocado Appetizer

Cucumber Shrimp Avocado Appetizer Bites – Blackened shrimp, creamy avocado atop fresh cucumbers slices make these the perfect choice as your appetizer for any event or holiday gathering.

2. Cucumber Bites With Feta

Cucumber Bites With Feta: Cucumbers appetizers are a great healthy alternative to using regular cracker style appetizers

3. Shrimp and Cucumber Roll

Shrimp and Cucumber roll – a great cucumber appetizer choice for spring.

4. Cucumber Cups With Tuna

Cucumber Cups With Tuna – There is nothing yummier or more healthy than using cucumber cups for your appetizers. This cucumber cup is filled with delicious and also healthy tuna!

5. Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Spicy Crab

Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Spicy Crab Spicy crab is a popular filling for sushi creations and it works perfectly when you stuff it into hollowed out cucumber cups, a great cucumber appetizer!

6. Cucumber Mint Appetizer Rolls With Feta

Cucumber Mint Appetizer Rolls With Feta – light and refreshing, a perfect cucumber appetizer for spring or summer gatherings, this appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party!

7. Cucumber Appetizers With Smoked Salmon

Cucumber Appetizers With Smoked Salmon – These stunning looking cucumber and smoked salmon appetizers will impress your guests with their look and flavor. Great starter or party nibbles, this classy looking cucumber appetizer is very easy to put together.

8. Cucumber Sandwiches Appetizers

The classic cucumber sandwich is still one the most popular cucumber appetizers you can present to your guests at a spring or summer gathering. Extremely affordable to make, refreshing on the palate and can be whipped up in no time at all! don’t underestimate this simple cucumber appetizer!

9. Cucumber Shrimp Wasabi Appetizer

Cucumber Shrimp Wasabi Appetizer – This one will wow your guests, it looks amazing and is surprisingly simple to put together, perfect cucumber appetizer for summer or spring

10. Caviar Cucumber Boats

Caviar Cucumber Boats – A gorgeous little cucumber appetizer. Very refreshing and topped off with Red Salmon Caviar to provide a bit of class and style

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I have discovered something in previous attempts at making these add the milk before the butter. Add your butter last or the sugar and flour will soak it up leaving a dry mess. Do not just throw everything in one bowl without having an order to it.

I have made the pecan version multiple times. They are amazing! I have started adding unsweetened shredded coconut and it is sooooo good. Definitely try adding some coconut.

only made the batter, already atrocious. I could kill my 5th husband with this and I wouldn't have to add anything.

Reviewed years ago and feel compelled to leave a second review. Come on, folks. Let’s employ some perspective here. This recipe is from an old cookbook of classic American recipes. This recipe is a great representation of what muffins actually were - prior to the oversized hunks of cake laden with corn syrup, preservatives and trans fats so commonly found in supermarket bakeries, Costco and Starbucks today. They are not cake and they are not oversized. And they come from a time well before before nearly half of Americans were considered overweight. It is totally cool to prefer large, sugary, cake like muffins. But it’s not cool to rail on a recipe that is something entirely different than that (and some might argue much closer to what an actual muffin is supposed to be.) I can see a low rating given your personal preference, but OMG - demanding that epicurious remove it from this site? Seriously?

These muffins were brutal. The was no vanilla extract, leaving them tasting quite bland. There is to much flour. The batter was so thick I thought I was making bread, it was as thick as play-dough. There was also a lot of baking powder.

I signed up just to give this review. This recipe was just brutal. Followed the recipe to a tee and it plainly sucks. Bland, tasteless and all the wrong ingredient measurements.

these muffins have WAY too much flour, too much baking powder and is overall just not a good recipe. even after adding a bit more liquid, they were still terribly tough, sour and had a terrible consistency. i would never ever make this recipe again.

This is exactly what is it: a basic muffin recipe and it is great! The first couple times I baked these, they were bland, and I thought, "Well, they're not very good." Then I realized that this recipe was the starting point for me to be creative. I have made several versions of this with different flavor combinations. I have used orange and lemon zest, almond and orange extract, blueberries, raspberries, brown sugar, even BACON! The recipe, as is, will produce a very good quality, but bland, muffin. Think of it as a canvas for creating new recipes. ENJOY!

Saw this for what it was - a basic muffin recipe to base your own flavours on. Added vanilla essence, blueberries from the garden and brown sugar on top. Perfect.

Caviar Spread and Toast Points Recipe

Caviar Spread with Toast Points is an easy to make, but also very gourmet recipe. A spread or dip is a great way to introduce caviar to your guests. You will find this to be a great starter dish for the “grandest” of affairs.

Be sure to add this spread to your future party menu ideas. It is also a great way to extend the use of this expensive delicacy. You can choose to make it with either red or black roe allowing you to color coordinate with your party theme. The spread is spiked with fresh green dill and grated onions. There is something about dill and fish that make the perfect taste sensation.

Because it is easy to make and an impressive appetizer, bring this caviar dish to your next party, serve it at your next holiday gathering (such as New Year’s Eve), or try it at your next Mother’s Day tea party. Everyone feels special when caviar is on the menu.

Photo from Cordon Noir Gourmet Club.

Check out more of Linda’s Appetizer Recipes. Learn all about American Caviar.

Dilly Cucumber Bites

Parties and get-togethers are a great excuse to make some of my favorite more indulgent treats, like brownies and cookies and cheesy dips. But this past month I had so many occasions to make snacks that I actually got a little sick of eating junk. Can you believe it?

So I wanted to make a healthy, but still delicious, appetizer to take to a recent potluck. Though I haven’t had many weird cravings during this pregnancy, I have been pretty thirsty since the very beginning.

My thirst has me reaching for juicy foods like watermelon, oranges and cucumbers. Sometimes I’ll just eat a cucumber as if it were a banana. Can’t get enough of those suckers.

(In related cucumber news, have you guys seen the Cats vs. Cucumbers videos? Look them up on YouTube! Hilarious. I tried it on my cat but she just looked at me like, what’s wrong with you? Typical cat move.)

Anywho, we have a ton of fresh dill growing in the garden right now and it’s one of my all time favorite herbs. Last year it bolted as soon as it got hot out, so I’m trying to take advantage while it’s still cool and use all the dill I can.

Dill and cucumber go together like PB&J (hello, dill pickles), so I thought a dilly cream cheese or yogurt would be perfect for topping some cukes. I ended up using a little of each, plus some ranch dressing mix for extra flavor.

These little bites were so tasty and I didn’t feel too bad eating a million of them since they are mostly veggies! They were the perfect healthy snack and everyone loved them.

Make sure that you use the powdered Ranch dressing mix in a packet– not an actual bottle of Ranch dressing, otherwise your topping will come out way too wet. I like this organic ranch dressing mix, but you can use any brand! If you don’t have grape tomatoes, you can quarter cherry tomatoes, or even cut large tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.

It’s easiest to make the topping with an electric or stand mixer, but if you don’t have one, don’t fear! Just make sure the cream cheese is extra soft at room temperature, and mix it the old fashioned way with a spoon and a little elbow grease.

You can buy cheap disposable piping bags which are great, but if you don’t have a piping bag, you can use the old Ziplock bag trick. Just put the topping mixture in a gallon sized Ziplock and snip a small corner off the bottom of the bag. They won’t be as cutesy without the star tip on a piping bag, but they’ll be every bit as delicious!

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar aka Texas Caviar is the delicious Southern cousin of Mexican Black Bean Salsa made with black-eyed peas, sweet corn, diced red plum tomatoes, chopped spicy jalapeño peppers, crisp celery, diced cucumber, red onions, finely sliced green onion, chopped fresh cilantro, and served with crunchy tortilla chips.

Southerners love their black-eyed peas, and the state of Texas is the birthplace of Cowboy Caviar , aka Texas Caviar. Cowboy Caviar aka Texas Caviar was created in the beautiful state of Texas around 1940 by Ms. Helen Corbitt, the director of the food service for the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. Here’s the twist Y’all, Ms. Helen Corbitt, was a native of New York, not Texas.

I don’t know about all of you, but I can surely forgive Ms. Corbitt for not being a native Southerner since she created one of my favorite Southern iconic appetizers bless her little heart, if it weren’t for her we might not have ever thought of this fantastic concoction made from black-eyed peas on our own. So a big thank you is going out to that lovely fiery redheaded Northern gal.

Ms. Helen Corbitt was notoriously famous for being the director of the food service at the Zodiac Room, in the Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. She first served her well-known Black-eyed Pea Salsa on New Year’s Eve at the Houston Country Club. Ms. Corbitt, would later also serve the Black-eyed Pea Salsa at the famous Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, where then dubbed by its nickname, “Texas caviar,” as a humorous poke at real caviar, an expensive hors-d’oeuvre of salt-cured fish roe.

Did you know, Mr. Stanley Marcus had once declared Ms. Helen Corbitt, the creator of Texas Caviar, “The Balenciaga of Food”? While Mr. Earl Wilson would describe her only as “The best cook in Texas.Ms.Helen Corbitt has been said to be to the American’s what Julia Child is considered to be the French. Ms. Corbitt’s forte was in her exquisite presentation of new and unusual flavor combinations, and vibrant colors like you will notice her famous Cowboy Caviar aka Texas Caviar.

Among her most famous food creations like her Texas Caviar, are her famous Snowballs recipe, Flowerpots with Baked Alaska recipe made in small clay pots, and poppy-seed dressing. Did you know that Helen would be credited with creating this fantastic Poppy-seed Dressing but denied the accolades due to only making the recipe accessible over the years?

You’ll find many versions of this beautiful tasting Cowboy Caviar , aka Texas Caviar on the web, but here is my favorite way to make this fabulous appetizer. Just be prepared for it to fly off the table in no time. Serve it with crisp tortilla chips and watch the family dig into it.

Mini Lasagna Cups

Mini Lasagna Cups are the perfect appetizer addition to your parties, or even just a new easy way to put together lasagna for dinner! So delicious, and so much fun!

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Mini Lasagna Cups are the perfect appetizer addition to your parties, or even just a new easy way to put together lasagna for dinner! So delicious, and so much fun!

I know how much you guys have loved my lasagna recipes. You have raved over my Lasagna Stuffed Chicken and every day I’m getting new reviews of my Most Amazing Lasagna with people swearing they will never use another recipe again. Seeing as how much ya’ll have loved my lasagna recipes, I thought this recipe would fit right in.

These mini lasagna cups are way too much fun. They even have layers of deliciousness. They are pretty easy to put together too and require just a handful of ingredients. A lot easier to make and a lot more simple than a whole lasagna, but still the same great flavor. In fact, my son couldn’t get enough of these and said they were better than my regular lasagna.

I’ve chosen to make my lasagna cups using lasagna pasta sheets. If you need a fast, more simple option, you can always use wonton wrappers. Just slide one in the bottom and layer on meat sauce, cheese, and more meat sauce. You won’t get the same clean layers, but it would save you a few minutes. I still recommend spending the extra time to make the layers.

This recipe calls for ground Italian sausage. If you don’t eat pork, or need to stay away from sausage for other reasons, you can always use ground beef in the same amount. I recommend using a lean ground beef like 93/7 to cut down on the grease.

PRO TIP: Freshly shredded cheese melts a lot better than the pre-shredded bagged stuff you get in the grocery store. Why? Chemicals are added in with the pre-shredded cheese to keep it from clumping and sticking together as well as to prevent mold. These chemicals interfere with melting. For best results, always use freshly shredded or grated cheese in recipes, particularly ones that involve melting.

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Best Caviar Appetizers

Caviar appetizers have always been served at the most exclusive affairs and glittering galas. These divine taste treats were once reserved exclusively for the most refined palates, but the modern epicurean movement has made caviar appetizers much more accessible. Gourmet chefs have developed easy to prepare caviar appetizer recipes that allow anyone to incorporate caviar into their party fare in delicious offerings that are certain to impress. To help you develop an unforgettable appetizer menu for your next entertainment, we’ve assembled some scrumptious caviar appetizers that will have your guests convinced your event was catered by the finest chefs.

Caviar and Smoked Salmon on Blinis
This simple caviar appetizer is an elegant favorite that is always a hit. Using prepared blini cuts the preparation time on this traditional recipe to just minutes.


  • 24 mini French blini
  • 11 ½ ounces smoked salmon
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 4 ounces crème fraiche
  • 3 ounces caviar
  • Fresh dill, to garnish
  1. Wrap room temperature blinis in foil and warm on the high shelf of a 275 degrees F oven for 10 minutes
  2. Lightly fold the sour cream and crème fraiche to blend
  3. Top blinis with a delicate roll of smoked salmon, dollop of crème fraiche, and ¼ teaspoon of caviar.
  4. Garnish with sprig of dill

Purple Potato Chips with Crème Fraiche and Caviar

If you are looking to make a one of a kind impression, this fast, easy caviar recipe is a gourmet crowd pleaser. It pairs the traditional tastes of caviar, crème fraiche, and potato in a fun and uniquely colorful way that is certain to set any celebration apart.


  • 1 medium purple potato (3 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraiche
  • 3 ounces caviar
  1. Slice potato paper-thin on a mandoline. Dissolve salt in the hot water add potato. Soak about 20 minutes, until water cools completely.
    2. Heat 2 inches of oil in large heavy-bottom pot until it reaches 350 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Drain potato slices pat dry. Fry in batches until crispy but still purple (approx. 1 minute). Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. When cool, top each with 1/4 teaspoon crème fraiche and 1/4 teaspoon caviar. Serve immediately. (Yield: Makes 24)

Recipe courtesy Martha Stewart Weddings

Of course, a classic caviar appetizer is the iconic Caviar bar, with gleaming caviar pearls offered in crystal serving bowls, nestled on ice in a sterling silver bowl. Provide Mother of pearl spoons for serving with blinis, toast points, and crème fraiche to bring out that sensuously rich caviar taste. Surround with a tasteful selection of your choice of garnishes. Traditional parings include minced onions or chives, chopped eggs, and paper-thin cucumber slices.

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

This is one healthy recipe you’ll keep coming back to.

We adore the cool, sweet and tangy crunch of pickles so much that we often find ourselves wishing that we could just make a meal out of them. Well, we’ve come pretty close! This Refrigerator Cucumber Salad uses the same process for making a quick refrigerator pickle and adds a few other veggies for a healthy and yummy side dish that you can keep coming back to.

A refrigerator pickle is a method of pickling a vegetable without out any of the hassle of canning. You create a simple brine and pour it over your veggies and stick the whole thing in your fridge. Voila, pickles!

This salad borrows that basic method which is absolutely wonderful because it means that this stuff will keep in a jar in the fridge for two months. We doubt it will stick around that long (it sure never does around here) but it’s awfully nice to have a healthy snack or side in the fridge to heap on your plate any time of day.

It doesn’t hurt that it’s super tasty either. Tangy, sweet, and crunchy, the cucumbers and peppers in this salad stay wonderfully crisp. The longer it sits, the more deliciously pickled it becomes, but we find we can’t help opening up that jar for a few bites as soon as it becomes chilled.

This lovely little salad is comforting in its scrumptious simplicity. It’s fresh, easy, and while it could last for months, we find there’s just never quite enough for that to happen!