Smoked Salmon Crisps

Photo © Quentin Bacon

Need a great, no bake, party app idea?  Take one from me and Thomas Keller, this will be a hit.  I often have people tell me they “hate cooking” “don’t know how” or  “f*%k it up every time”  well then, this ones for you.   Follow these steps to an easy, frustration free, party hors d’oeuvre.

Go the store and buy:

  • 4 oz  sliced smoked salmon
  • 1 large shallot
  • Sesame and seaweed crackers
  • 1 lemon
  • chives
  • 4 oz of crème fraîche or if you can’t find it, sour cream will do just fine.

To assemble:

1. Dice the smoked salmon and place in a medium-sized bowl.

2. Mince the shallot,  add to the bowl.

3. Mince 1 tbsp of chives, add to the bowl

4. Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice.

5. Add a few pinches of white pepper, if you have it (no need to buy, just to add)

6. Give it a quick toss.

7. Lay out the sesame-seaweed crackers on a platter, top each cracker with a tablespoon of the salmon. Dollop with a small amount of crème fraîche and garnish with a 1″ piece of chive.  Serve right away.

My finished product; a bit rushed on presentation, but the flavor was all there!

Let me know how it turns out! I hope you enjoy…

Adapted from Thomas Keller’s, The French Laundry Cookbook

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Toasted Almond and Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Crispy Prosciutto.

Easy party food. I’ll keep this short and to the point.  10 minutes to prep, 20 minutes to bake and voila!

  • 20 pitted, dry, dates
  • 3 oz of good, pungent Gorgonzola cheese
  • 20 or so raw almonds, rough chopped
  • 1pkg sliced prosciutto
  • tooth picks

1. Rough chop almonds and toast them over low-med heat in a saute pan. Once they begin to brown evenly remove from heat.

2. Slice dates on one side and pull open, add a small sliver of cheese, just enough to stuff it.

3. Sprinkle a few almond pieces on top of the gorgonzola and close the date back up.

4. Roll the stuffed date in a 1″x4″ piece of prosciutto and secure with a toothpick.

5. Repeat until all dates are stuffed.

5. Bake in a preheated 350*F oven for 15-20 minutes or until prosciutto looks crisp.

This small bite hits every taste bud in your mouth; salty, sweet, crispy, nutty, soft, chewy and layered with flavor.  A  really quick and tasty app for your next party!

“One of the best hors d’oeuvre I’ve ever had!”- anonymous friend