Smoked Salmon and Olive Appetizer on Pumpernickel Bread

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An appetizer is a small first course of an overall meal. Common examples include: shrimp cocktail, calamari, salad, potato skins, mussels, bruschetta or cheese and crackers.  In many cuisines they are refered to as Hors d’oeuvre. Since appetizers are usually served before the main course, there is usually some waiting period before meal starts and guests arrive.  These little “bites” as I call them,  also serve the purpose of sustaining guests during the wait.  Hors d’oeuvre are sometimes served with no meal afterward, we actually had these fancy bites for breakfast and four of these little pieces would be equivalent to one breakfast sandwich or “Byterbrod” as we Russians call it.

Appetizers in general  may be served at the dinner table as a part of the meal, or they may be served before seating.  ”Hors d’oeuvre prior to a meal are either rotated by waiters or passed.  Stationary hors d’oeuvre served at the table may be referred to as “table hors d’oeuvre”.  Passed hors d’oeuvre may be referred to as “butler-style” or “butlered” hors d’oeuvre.”

“Though any food served prior to the main course is technically an hors d’oeuvre, the phrase is generally limited to individual items, not crudités, cheese or fruit. For example, a glazed fig topped with mascarpone and wrapped with prosciutto is considered an “hors d’oeuvre,” whereas figs on a platter are not.”

Source: Hors d’oeuvre.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appetizer.  Retrieved July 2, 2013

 

I have created numerous amount of appetizers, they are so fun to make and everyone loves them.  You can really use your imagination and recreate this dish even in so many different ways.  Anyway, here is the recipe and believe it on or not it takes only 10 minutes to make!

Ingredients:

1 Teaspoon of Cream Cheese
1 Teaspoon of Artichoke and Garlic Cream
Few Strips of Smoked Salmon (can use any other smoked fish)
1 Piece of Pumpernickel Bread (can replace with 4 large crackers)
Freeze Dried Red Onions (can use fresh)
Free Dried Scallions (can use fresh)
Fresh Chives for Garnish
 

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer

How to make this  Appetizer:

1.  Cut your Pumpernickel Bread into four equal bite size pieces.  While this bread is perfect for appetizers since it is quite dense and thin, you can always substitute it with regular bread, crackers or bruschetta.

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer, Bread Cut

2.  Then take out your Artichoke and Garlic Cream and spread it to only 1/2 of your sandwich bites.  This spread tastes amazing!  I have tried it once at Fairway Market and have been buying it since.  Here is the link for it if you need more info.

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer

3.  Now spread your cream cheese to the other half of your sandwich.  Any cream cheese will work or even any other kind of spread:) Use your imagination.

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer, Cream Cheese Spread

4.  Then sprinkle your dried onions and scallions.  I prefer to buy Freeze Dried Herbs and Onions because when a little bit of moisture is added, they taste like the real thing.  They are also always available in my pantry and that is it’s major benefit!:) But if you do have some fresh herbs handy you always replace them, up to you.

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer, Freeze Dried Herbs

5.  Take our your smoked salmon, cut it in the long thin strips and roll them up in a rose shape.  Then carefully place each rose in the middle of your bread.  You can replace this fish with any other smoked fish, I am sure it will taste just as good.

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer, Smoked Salmon

6.  Take out your olives and slice few thin slices of a cucumber.  Place the cucumber slightly under the fish to secure it and stand up the olive next to the rose.  They should hold on just fine, since cream cheese mixture is a little sticky.

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer, Olive and Cucumber

7.   You are almost done.  Final step is to cut few pieces of chives and stand them up in the back of the rose.  You can use herb snips or a sharp knife to cut them.  If you don’t have chives available you can replace them with a parsley leaf or a small branch of dill.

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer, Chives

8.  Your appetizers or Breakfast Bites:) are now ready!  I hope you will enjoy this recipe.  Let me know what you think and please share your photos and ideas if you try this, we love to hear back from you!

Olive Lox Salmon Pumpernickel Bread  Appetizer

Love,

Natalie

Smoked Salmon and Olive Appetizer on Pumpernickel Bread
 
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Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Olive Appetizer on Pumpernickel Bread. Served with Artichoke and Garlic Cream and Cream Cheese.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon of Artichoke and Garlic Cream
  • Few Strips of Smoked Salmon (can use any other smoked fish)
  • 1 Piece of Pumpernickel Bread (can replace with 4 large crackers)
  • Freeze Dried Red Onions (can use fresh)
  • Free Dried Scallions (can use fresh)
  • Fresh Chives for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Cut your Pumpernickel Bread into four equal bite size pieces. While this bread is perfect for appetizers since it is quite dense and thin, you can always substitute it as you see fit.
  2. Then take out your Artichoke and Garlic Cream and spread it to only ½ of your sandwich bites.
  3. Now spread your cream cheese to the other half of your bread.
  4. Then sprinkle your dried onions and scallions on the top.
  5. Take our your smoked salmon, cut it in the long thin strips and roll them up in a rose shape. Then carefully place them in the middle of your bread.
  6. Take out your olives and slice few thin slices of a cucumber. Place the cucumber slightly under the fish to secure it and stand up the olive next to the rose. They should hold on fine, since cream cheese mixture is a little sticky.
  7. Final step is to cut few pieces of chives and stand them up in the back of the rose. You can use herb snips or a sharp knife to cut them. If you don’t have chives available you can replace them with a parsley leaf or a small branch of dill.
  8. Your appetizer is done! Enjoy!

 

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