An easy-to-put-together cold appetizer like this is key for cocktail parties, since all the elements can be made ahead, refrigerated, and then assembled at the last minute. This simple, sophisticated recipe is practically foolproof—all you have to do is combine the ingredients in a food processor, pipe onto English cucumber rounds, and top with your favorite caviar. It’s worth spending a few dollars on a star piping tip to make the presentation extra beautiful, and don’t skimp on the quality of either the smoked salmon or the caviar.
What to buy: Fromage blanc, a fresh cream cheese, can be found at cheese stores and gourmet markets. Good-quality whipped cream cheese is your best bet for a substitute.
Special equipment: You’ll need a large piping bag and a 1/2-inch star piping tip for this recipe.