Easy and tasty appetizers are something I am always on the outlook for, because we love having friends over, but also enjoy having time to entertain them when they first arrive. With this easy and crisp salmon avocado appetizer you’ll have time to actually spend time with your guests when they arrive instead of being caught up by time-consuming starters. Karen-Anne and I came up with this yummy recipe last time she came to visit as we found ourselves with too much salmon and a ripe avocado on our hands, and good food does not deserve to go to waste!
These crisp salmon avocado appetizer bites are little flavor-packed mouthfuls and along with a nice cool glass of white or rosé you’re all set, and your guests will feel pampered even if you still have to stir one or two things up for the main dish. Salmon is usually a crowd-pleaser and everyone I’ve served this to has loved it. However, if you’d like to add an alternative that is also easy to make in advance, check out our little heavenly ricotta cream bites, another awesome appetizer, but without any fish:
Salmon hors d’oeuvres (serves 4)
4 oz (100 g) sushi grade salmon, or good quality gravlax
1 topped tbsp finely chopped red onion
1-2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1 large avocado
1 topped tbsp crème fraiche or sour cream (preferably 38% fat)
Salt and pepper to taste
30 small pieces of bread chips (from rye or wheat bread) or crostini
1 oz salmon roe (optional)
1. Chop the salmon finely and put it in a small bowl. Add the red onion and cilantro and mix it up with a spoon. If you use raw salmon, you need to season the mix. However, that is not necessary if you use gravlax as this is saltier. Put the salmon mix in the fridge to rest.
2. Scoop the avocado flesh into another bowl and add the crème fraiche. Blend the two ingredients with a handheld blender until the mixture is velvety smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. On a large serving platter, place the bread chips or crostini. Place a small teaspoon of the avocado cream on each piece. Then add a small teaspoon of the salmon mix on top. (If the mix is really sticky it might be easier to use serving tongs to do this). If you like you can carefully place a bit of salmon roe on each piece just before serving.
In the mood for more appetizers? We’re happy to share a few of our favorites: