If you’re someone who likes to have friends come over often, party food ideas and recipes are an indispensable part of your entertainment arsenal. Canapes are a great way to keep your guests happy, because, well, anything that contains pastry, meat, and cheese in one bite is always a hit. You can use this smoked salmon canapé with cream cheese recipe from redonline the next time you’re entertaining.
A fine wine to pair these with is just as important. Chris Murphy, Marks & Spencer resident wine guru, advises that when finding a splendid wine pairing, the first thing you should always do is match the textures of the food with that of the wine. For a smooth, creamy, and fresh-tasting hors d’oeuvre like salmon canapés, you’ll never go wrong with a light and crisp white wine. Whites with fresh grassy aromas and a hint of summer fruits will go great with light canapés, as well as other summer salads and delicate fish starters.
Smoked Salmon Canapés with Cream Cheese
This recipe serves 12
Preparation time is around 10 minutes
800 g smoked salmon
Small round slices of pumpernickel bread
4 tbsp crème fraîche
2 8oz. tubs of cream cheese
Lemon juice and zest from 4 large lemons
2 bunches of dill, finely chopped
1. In a large bowl, combine the crème fraîche, cream cheese, lemon juice, half of the lemon zest, dill, and a pinch of black pepper.
2. On two serving trays, place the small round slices of pumpernickel bread. Place an appropriate amount of cream cheese filling on top of each.
3. Slice up the smoked salmon and twist the slices, then place on top of the bread crisps.
4. Garnish with sprigs of dill, then top with lemon zest.
Another general rule on wine pairings is to match up reds with dark meat, and whites with seafood. An exception can be made, however with lighter reds and stronger whites; delicate reds may be paired with rich seafood dishes and strong whites can actually go well with meat.
So, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can try a light red wine to complement your salmon canapés.
This post was written by a contributing author.