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Delicate Mini Smoked Salmon and Caviar Appetizer

If you are looking for big, hearty appetizers, this is probably the opposite to what you had in mind, but these amazing salmon and caviar appetizers have their own merits. Perhaps you are tired of chips and dips, sliders and potato skins, and would prefer something a bit different this time, in which case have a look at this recipe. It could be that you were looking for something dainty and elegant, in which case this is ideal.

You can make these little treats up to an hour ahead, as long as you keep them refrigerated, and you need very few ingredients. Serve this in glasses or in large Chinese-style spoons, as you prefer. It is better in glasses though, so the attractive layers are visible.

This appetizer is basically a layered amuse-bouche (a pre-appetizer) and it is small and light enough to serve with a cocktail before your main appetizer. Two kinds of caviar are layered with sour cream and then topped with smoked salmon and chives. The concept is simple but the result is incredible. A quick word about the caviar: match it to your budget – you do not have to bankrupt yourself. Fish eggs range from the economically priced to the extortionate, so buy whichever you can afford. Even the cheap ones taste nice and only a connoisseur can appreciate, or even identify, the truly expensive ones.

Delicate Mini Smoked Salmon and Caviar Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
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  • 2 oz red caviar
  • 2 oz black caviar
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 4 oz chopped smoked salmon
  • Chives, for garnish
  1. Divide ¼ of the sour cream between 4 small glasses.
  2. Top with ¼ of the black caviar, then ½ of the red caviar.
  3. Repeat these layers, finishing with a layer of black caviar and finally a layer of cream.
  4. So the layers will be cream, black caviar, red caviar, cream, black caviar, red caviar, cream, black caviar, and cream.
  5. Top with the salmon and chives.
  6. Serve these delicate appetizers with dainty little spoons.

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You might think this looks like a lot of sour cream and caviar, until you realize you are looking at a glass which is not much larger than a shot glass and a spoon. This appetizer only gives you a couple of mouthfuls, but great things come in small packages, and you are sure to enjoy every bite of this fantastic seafood treat. Choose the glasses over the spoons though, unless you do not have enough, because being able to see the red, black and white strips is a large part of the appeal of this delicious smoked salmon appetizer. If you are serving wine with this, pick something dry like a Sauvignon Blanc. This appetizer gives you a thrilling taste of the ocean and you will love the creaminess and contrasting saltiness.


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