With the New Year upon us, I thought sharing an easy appetizer was in order. A killer cheese plate and spinach artichoke dip are my go to starters for parties, but I also love to serve something just a little bit lighter on its feet.
This bite is especially great because it involves no cooking, doesn’t require a recipe, and delivers when it comes to flavor.
At the forefront of this appetizer is smoked salmon. I like to use pepper crusted salmon by Rushing Waters, a local company. They are a great source for fresh trout, but also make smoked fish and spreads.
To make this, you will need the following:
- Handful of fresh herbs (I like to use dill, cilantro, and parsley)
- Softened cream cheese
- Dash of Milk
- Cucumber Slices
- Smoked Salmon
- Sriracha or other hot sauce
I start this by adding the cream cheese, herbs, and a little milk to a food processor. Process this until the herbs are chopped. The mixture should thin enough to easily dollop, but thick enough to hold itself on the cracker. This can be done in advance and the easy assembly can be done before serving. Perhaps the perfect task for the early party guest that is eager to help in the kitchen.
To put these together, I top the crackers with the cream cheese mixture and place a cucumber slice on each cracker. After that, add some smoked salmon to each piece and finish with a little squirt of Sriracha. I think these would be great garnished with sesame seeds as well. If you want to lighten this up, you can even omit the cracker and use the cucumber as base.
I hope this party bite tip finds you well and that everyone has a very Happy New Year!
As always, cheers!