Clay's Kitchen : Cucurbitaceae Recipes (Cucumber, Melon, Gourd, Pumpkin, and Zucchini Recipes)

Cucurbitaceae Recipes (Cucumber, Melon, Gourd, Pumpkin, and Zucchini Recipes)

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Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Tramezzini

Servings: 4 sandwiches

Tramezzini are the little caffè sandwiches of Italy. They are skinny and usually filled with purées, patés, or thin slices of meat, vegetables, or soft cheese. They are eaten as a late afternoon snack, along with a glass of wine or an aperitif.

The bread used is pane in cassetta, which is basically a white sandwich bread. Typically the crust is removed and the sandwich is cut into four little triangles. If you can find a bakery that makes a high-quality square sandwich loaf, that is the best thing to use here (slice it thinly and remove the crust). Pepperidge Farm's sliced white bread is the next best choice.

1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 ½ tablespoon olive oil
pinch salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 thin slices good quality Italian bread
6 ounce thinly sliced smoked salmon or lox
½ cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup watercress or basil leaves, or mixed baby lettuces

Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and several grindings black pepper.

Lay out 4 slices of the bread and brush lightly with some of the dressing. Top with the smoked salmon, cucumber and greens. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and cover with the remaining slices bread. Press down lightly and cut into halves.


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