Smoked Salmon Crostini

For those that know me well understand my love of appetizers and snacks. I could just snack all day instead of a traditional big meal. The best part of snacking for me is just being able to nibble on small bites for some variety. That said, my favorite snack lately is simple - a toasted piece of bread or crostini, schmeared with cream cheese, topped with smoked salmon and a garnish of fresh snipped chives. Easy, right?! These Smoked Salmon Crostini are fantastic all on it's own and with enough on your plate, it can easily be considered a meal!

If you're hosting a summer get together or thinking about taking an appetizer for a potluck, this dish is a wonderful choice. It's easy, quick and delicious too. It's not so much a recipe I can credit to anyone - it just happens to be what I like, so feel free to play around with it!

You can do a spin of lox & bagels by topping with finely diced red onion, some capers, thinly sliced tomato... or even substitue the cream chese with mashed avocado!

Want to go a bit on the wild side? Try a flavored cream cheese like garden vegetable, chive & onion, or chipotle.

When it comes to the salmon, you might be asking yourself what's the difference between smoked salmon, lox, gravlax, etc. Here's the rundown:
- lox is from the salmon belly and unsmoked
- nova lax is from the salmon belly and cold smoked
- gravlax is any part of salmon and unsmoked, but seasoned with spices
- hot smoked is is any part of salmon and smoked similarly to bbq

For this recipe, I used hot smoked salmon for flavor but you can certainly use the other times of salmon if you prefer!

Smoked Salmon Crostini

French bread slices, cut on a bias and toasted
Cream cheese (low fat works great!)
Smoked salmon, flaked
Chives, snipped for garnish

Spread the cream cheese on the toasted bread; top with salmon and garnish with chives.

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