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Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites (Easy Entertaining)

Cucumber Mousse And Dill Prawn Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent prawn and the freshness of dill.
These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill.

Honestly get in the kitchen, get your retro on and make these Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites today!!

Cucumber Mousse And Dill Prawn Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill.

Have I mentioned how much I love canapés? Maybe once or twice eh? 😉

Well today I am bringing you something a little bit different, these aren’t my normal quick and easy to prepare canapés. Oh no these Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are easy and slow 😉 Ha, please don’t flick off my page, I am just kidding, these are quick and easy to prepare but you need to start them in advance because the mousse needs to set for at least 4 hours. (I leave mine overnight.)

These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill.

I love how retro these are. Well retro in modern form. Do you remember the fish shaped mould of the 70’s? Or fish covered in cucumber ‘scales’ and then glazed in aspic?? These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sort of reminiscent of those, but there isn’t a fish mould in sight 😉

Cucumber Mousse And Dill Prawn Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent prawn and the freshness of dill.

To make these little mini bites I used my silicone mini muffin tin, actually I used one silicone mini muffin tin and one metal mini muffin tin. The silicone was definitely easy to pop the mousse out of, but with a bit of care they do come out of the metal ones.

I know a lot of people are a bit weary of gelatine, but I promise this recipe makes it simple to use. The key is not to be scared, I am convinced that gelatine is a bit like a snake, it can sense fear 😉

(disclaimer: I am not sure snakes can sense fear, but I tell myself they can when I am trying not to be scared of them!!!)

These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill.

 So don’t be fearful!!! Just mix it up, get it in the microwave and don’t panic. The worst that happens is you waste a little vinegar and gelatine and you have to start again! But I have made these over 10 times now and I haven’t had any issues with the gelatine. Just go for it! I promise these Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are worth it!

These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill.

The little toast circles can be made in advance, and then kept in an airtight container, but don’t assemble these until you are ready to eat as the toast starts to go a bit soggy.

The recipe makes 16 mini bites, which I think is enough for 4 people if you are serving it as an appetiser, if they are canapés at a party then it depend on what else you are serving. But I wouldn’t want to only eat one 😉 so maybe 8 people?

These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill.
Look at that beautiful soft green mousse, honestly these Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are deliciously elegant.

If you are serving these at a party, you could double the recipe or make something else as well. If you want more canapés and nibbles then check out my canapé collection here. There are several recipes in there that are simple to make and would go perfectly with these Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites. My suggestion would be the Sheet Pan Potato, Basil and Chive Frittata Squares. They are easy to make and bake in the oven!!! Or make a big batch of my Louisiana Hot Shrimp Dip, it is a crowd pleaser!!!!

Enjoy x


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These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Prawn Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent prawn and the freshness of dill.
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Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill.

Servings: 4 As an appetiser (16 bites)
Author: Claire McEwen
Ingredients
  • 5 tbsp  (100ml) white wine vinegar (see notes)
  • 1 tbsp  powdered gelatine (see notes)
  • tsp  caster sugar (super fine sugar)
  • 1 large continental/english/hot house cucumber
  • 1 cup/250g cream cheese (at room temp)
  • 1/2 cup/125ml sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt (or table salt)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • oil spray
  • slices bread
  • 16 cooked shelled shrimp
  • fresh dill sprigs
Instructions
  1. Pour the white wine vinegar and sugar into a small ramekin and stir to dissolve.

  2. Sprinkle the gelatine over the top and then heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds to ensure it dissolves.

    Stir it well. And set aside to cool whilst you prepare the mousse base.

  3. Trim the top and bottom of the cucumber and then peel it in alternating lines so that you have stripes of skin.

  4. Cut the cucumber into into chunks whizz in a food processor (or blender) until you have a rough puree. 

  5. Add cream cheese and pulse for 10 seconds. Add the sour cream and blitz again until well combined. (Scape down the sides as needed)

  6. Add in the gelatine mixture and pulse to combine.

  7. Add the  fresh dill and seasoning and give it a final pulse to combine. 

    Taste your mousse - you might need additional salt as celery salts vary in saltiness.

  8. Spray your mini muffin tins with a neutral flavoured oil and then carefully spoon the mixture into the holes.

  9. Chill 4 hours or overnight. 

To make the toast rounds
  1. Place the bread in the toaster on low and toast at least twice until lightly coloured and quite crispy.

    Use a cookie cutter to cut small circles from the bread (I get 4 from each slice) To ensure your circles are about the same size as your mousse place the cookie cutter over one of the holes of your tin. You want them to be similar sized.

To Serve
  1. Remove the mousse from the fridge and then run a thin knife outsides and check that each dome is loose. 

    Place a sheet of cooking paper over the top of your muffin tin and then top with a chopping board. Quickly invert the tin. The mousse should come slide out easily. (See notes for trouble shooting this step)

  2. Use a flat knife to carefully lift each mousse bite onto a toast round and then top with a shrimp and a sprig of dill.

Recipe Notes

If you are using a silicone mould and some of the bites didn't slide out easily carefully push the bottom of the mould to ease out the bites.
For a metal muffin tin, I have found the best way is to use a small knife to ease them out onto my hand.

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These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Prawn Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent prawn and the freshness of dill. From https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com.auThese Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill. From https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com.au

These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill. From https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com.au

These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill. From https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com.au

These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill. From https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com.au

These Cucumber Mousse And Dill Shrimp Bites are sublime. The subtle and refreshing taste of cucumber combined in a soft heavenly mousse, sat on top of a crispy toast circle and topped with a succulent shrimp and the freshness of dill. From https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com.au

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    • Nancy Kenny
    • November 4, 2017
    Reply

    Hi. I’ll be making these for a tea party for 60. I have two questions. Can I make two days in advance, pop out of the mold and make more while storing others in fridge with plastic wrap on them? Your instructions say to take out of the oven. You meant fridge, right? This looks perfect for my rustic Christmas tea.

    1. Reply

      Haha, yes I meant fridge! Thank you, will change the instructions.

      They will definitely keep, covered in plastic wrap for 2 days in the fridge. I would lightly oil the tray or plate so you can easily move them onto the toasts when you serve them. Maybe even lightly oil the plastic wrap too.

      Hope they go down well at your tea party 😀

  1. Reply

    These are so perfect! I’ve been on the lookout for stuff like this for a tea themed baby shower party I’m planning and I need more savory ideas!

    1. Reply

      They are so yummy and also perfect for a part as you can the mousse them in advance 😀

    • Calli
    • August 1, 2017
    Reply

    When do you add the gelatin to the puréed cucumber?

    1. Reply

      Hi Calli,

      It is added after the cream cheese and the sour cream.
      I missed a step in the recipe, thank you for noticing. I have amended the recipe now.
      Thank you again.
      Claire x

  2. Reply

    Claire, you are so tempting me with all your latest posts. Shrimp and dill mousse, what’s not to love. Give me a plate of these and a glass of wine and I’m a happy gal, as long as you are they to share with me.

    1. Reply

      You have yourself a deal Dorothy!!!
      One day we will have a drink and we will have such a long list of foods to eat together we will have to spend a week together 😉

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