Mini Tree Canapes

Mini Tree Canape recipe

You will need:
Cream cheese softened
Juice of 1 lemon
Pepper to taste
1/2 package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
1 egg beaten
Thinly sliced deli smoked ham or smoked salmon cut into small pieces
3 tsp Salmon Roe (Optional)
Thick slices semi-hard cheese (provolone or gouda work well) cut into stars

Heat the oven to 400°F.  Stir the cream cheese, lemon juice and black pepper in a small bowl.
Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Using a round cutter, cut the pastry sheet into 2-inch circles.  Place the pastry circles onto a baking sheet. Poke the pastry circles thoroughly with a fork. Brush with eggwash
Bake for 12 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
Slice cucumbers thinly lengthwise.
Spread about 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture on each pastry.  Top each with 1 thin layer smoked ham.  Attach the cucumber slice on top with a toothpick weaving from largest to smallest Top with the caviar, if desired. 
Cut tiny stars with a small cookie cutter or knife and attach to the top of the tree.

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