Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Smoked Salmon Appetizer Plate

There was a time in my life when I could eat bagels like it was going out of style.  You know, those teenage to early twenties years.  And when I did, it had to be bagels and lox (cold-smoked salmon) with all the fixings.  The soft yet crunchy Everything Bagel, the juicy tomato, the spicy red onion, the salty capers and of course, the wonderfully smoky and rich salmon.  It. Is. Heaven.  Sadly, the bagel free for all had to come to end, so I needed to figure out how to get my smoked salmon fix handled.  Enter my Smoked Salmon Appetizer Plate.  It has everything you could want on a bagel with lox, except it is served with crackers and cucumber slices for a low-carb option.  I serve this at every holiday because it looks kind of fancy but really could be simpler.  The trick is you want to buy high quality Nova Scotia Salmon (Trader Joe's and Costco both have delicious and affordable choices) and everything else just falls into place.  This is a fast, no-cook appetizer that looks impressive and is super delicious.  Perfect for a busy holiday or dinner party!

This is what you need:

1 package of Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon
1 block of Cream Cheese
1 English Cucumber
1 Tomato
1 Red Onion
1 jar of Capers
1 package of large Crackers

This what you do:
Slice the tomato and the red onion into thin rounds, then slice the cucumber into 1/2 inch slices.  Arrange all the fixings on a platter to allow you and your guests to build their own cracker or cucumber how they like it. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 8-10 guests as an appetizer

First thing to do is slice the tomato and onion into thin rounds.  Cut the cucumber into thicker rounds so they are more sturdy if someone wants to use it as a low-carb cracker. 

Arrange everything on a platter and you are done!

I build mine as follows: cream cheese then capers, then onion, then tomato then the salmon.  It helps keep everything in place.  

This is so simple yet a bit fancy and impressive.  Even if not all of your guests are seafood fans, the ones that are will love this appetizer.  It can also be served with mini bagels or the wonderful endive cups.  My husband and I may or may not have had this whole platter for dinner last night...with wine.  And it was wonderful!  Hope you make it and love it!