Sunday, April 29, 2012

Salmon Cucumber Sandwiches (and an OXO giveaway!)

I have a minor obsession with things that are miniature. I can’t explain why but if I have the choice between an individual mini item and a piece of something cut from the whole I will choose the mini version. Every time. Sandwiches are no exception; finger sandwiches are unsafe around me.

I took my sister-in-law to afternoon tea at a local hotel recently. It was filled with mini scones, canapes and desserts. It was a miniature-lovers dream. One of my favorite things served was a salmon cucumber sandwich; I couldn’t stop thinking about the taste. I knew that I had to have this again, and soon.

It was right about then that I got a box dropped at the front door from OXO. I had completely forgotten that I was selected to be a part of their blogger outreach program. The tool that arrived was a handheld mandolin. I was intrigued. I already have a mandolin, of another brand, and it is incredible difficult to setup and use. This one is one piece, no setup required, and can be placed directly above a bowl to catch the slices. It’s genius! This is so thoughtfully designed that I gave my other mandolin to the local thrift shop.

The mandolin was perfect to slice up the cucumbers for my salmon cucumber sandwiches. The  three thickness settings are clearly marked allowing me to choose which was best for me and clear surface allowed me to decide when  to stop slicing. I put it directly on top of my bowl to catch the slices and drop them directly into the vinegar bath. The best part? I got 2 of these mandolins, one to use and review and one to give to you!

Giveaway details–

1. Leave a comment telling me what you would like to make using an OXO handheld mandolin.

Want some extra entries? Leave a comment for each of the following. Who doesn’t love more chances to win? Leave a comment for each extra entry!
1. Like Cats in the Kitchen on facebook
2. Follow us on twitter and tweet about the contest. Leave a link to your tweet :)
3. Like OXO on facebook
4. Follow OXO on twitter and tweet about the contest. Leave a link to your tweet.

The contest will be open until 10am CST Saturday May 12 when will give me the wining number. So if you don’t win take your pitchforks and angry villagers on over to that way, but for heavens sake there will be more giveaways.




Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. OXO provided me with a mandolin to use and review and another to give away to a Cats in the Kitchen reader. All opinions here are strictly my own.


Salmon Cucumber Sandwiches

Yield: 6 sandwiches, cut any way you like

salmon cucumber sandwich

Note: If you aren’t a fan of cream cheese you can substitute butter, plain or compound with garlic. Keep in mind that this is really more than just for taste, it acts as a barrier between your bread and the things inside your sandwich. Having this barrier keeps your bread from getting soggy, no one likes a soggy sandwich.


1 ½ lbs salmon filets
Dash each salt and pepper
1 lemon (zested and sliced into rounds)
Handful sprigs of fresh dill
1 cucumber, sliced thinly
1 c vinegar (I used tarragon infused vinegar)
2 c water
8 tbsp cream cheese (at room temperature)
½ tsb garlic powder
12 slices of bread


Prepare your salmon:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the salmon with a dash each of salt and pepper then add the zest of 1 lemon. Divide the 4 or so fronds of the dill along the salmon and then top with the rounds of cut lemon. Put this into the oven, covered, for 45 minutes.

While your salmon is cooking prepare the cucumber. Using a vegetable peeler score the cucumber twice, this will not only make it pretty but also help it soak up more flavor from its upcoming vinegar bath. Grab your mandolin and slice your cucumber into thin rounds (you could use a knife here but the mandolin makes this such easy work!). In a bowl large enough to hold the cucumber and bath combine vinegar with water and then add the cucumber. Submerge all slices and then let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Put your soaked cucumber slices between paper towels to drain, Combine the room temperature cream cheese with garlic powder and stir it to combine.

When the salmon flakes with a fork it is completely cooked, take it out of the oven to cool. When it is completely cooled throw away the lemon slices and flake the fish. You can choose to either take the dill out or leave it in, I prefer to leave it in the flaked salmon.

Smear the cream cheese mixture on each piece of bread. Top 6 slices with your cucumbers then top with salmon and place the remaining bread on top. You can cut the sandwiches any way you like them, I think that diagonally into 4 pieces makes them so much more fun to eat.



18 Responses to “Salmon Cucumber Sandwiches (and an OXO giveaway!)”

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — May 1, 2012 @ 2:09 am

    Hello :)
    I’d LOVE to make potato chips! Yep that is what I want to make most. I just love those crunchy, salty chips and would make them as soon as I unwrapped it. (OK I’ll wash it first :)
    What a fun giveaway!
    Looking forward to meeting you at campblogaway!

    • catsinthekitchen replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 3:38 am

      Looking forward to meeting you as well!! I love making chips as well, especially since you can play with your own flavor combinations :)

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — May 1, 2012 @ 2:10 am

    I like you on facebook!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — May 1, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    I am now following you on twitter

  4. 4

    Diane {Created by Diane} — May 1, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    I like OXO on facebook :)

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — May 1, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    I’m following OXO on twitter, they have great items!

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    Kathy S — May 5, 2012 @ 4:10 am

    I’d make Oriental Cole Slaw

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    Kathy S — May 5, 2012 @ 4:11 am

    Like OXO on FB

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — May 7, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    Yummy sandwiches Beth Anne!!! I’d slice the heck out of some carrots. I’ve been wanting to make some carrot chips for awhile.

    • catsinthekitchen replied: — May 11th, 2012 @ 1:17 am

      Delish!! I love carrot chips.

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    manda — May 9, 2012 @ 1:08 am

    I would love to make fresh salads!

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    manda — May 9, 2012 @ 1:09 am

    I like OXO on FB!

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    manda — May 9, 2012 @ 1:10 am

    I follow OXO on twitter.

    • catsinthekitchen replied: — May 15th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

      Congrats, Manda. You won! Please email me your mailing address to get your OXO handheld mandolin :)

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    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — May 10, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Oh! I would totally go to town on some zucchini! Great looking blog btw! I love your header! Oh, and I am so glad I got to meet you at Camp Blogaway!

    • catsinthekitchen replied: — May 11th, 2012 @ 1:16 am

      I was so overwhelmed with the whole experience! In a good way obviously. I wish that I had gotten to spend more time chatting with you :)

  13. 13

    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — May 10, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    I now follow you on twitter!

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    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — May 10, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    I now follow you on FaceBook!

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