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!