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Smoked Salmon Crostini

Learn how to make crostini in less than 30 minutes! These smoked salmon crostini are the simplest, yet most flavorful appetizer you can offer at the cocktail party.

Learn how to make crostini in less than 30 minutes! These smoked salmon crostini are the simplest, yet most flavorful appetizer you can offer at the cocktail party.

Boy, do I love smoked salmon!

I’ve already shared a few of my favorite smoked salmon recipes here and here. Yet I could still post hundreds more.

Today, first let’s talk about crostini. What is crostini, you ask? They are basically small slices of bread, usually baguette, toasted with some olive oil and topped with different veggies, meats, or whatever you heart desires. Actually, topping is not required, seasoned with simple salt and pepper, plain crostini are just as good. Sounds like bruschetta, doesn’t it? Well, they are pretty similar, but the main difference between the two is their size.

Bruschetta is usually made from a bigger slice of rustic Italian bread, while crostini are made of small, thin slices of fine-textured bread.

Learn how to make crostini in less than 30 minutes! These smoked salmon crostini are the simplest, yet most flavorful appetizer you can offer at the cocktail party.

Dressed up with various toppings, crostini are absolutely perfect appetizer! The best part is that you can totally make everything in advance, and put them together right before serving. Or better yet, have your guests to put their own crostino together.

For this recipe, you will need cold-smoked salmon. I explained what are cold-smoked and hot-smoked smoked salmon, and their differences here. Check it out.

Learn how to make crostini in less than 30 minutes! These smoked salmon crostini are the simplest, yet most flavorful appetizer you can offer at the cocktail party.

And here are the step-by-step photos how to make crostini. Super simple, yes?

Learn how to make crostini in less than 30 minutes! These smoked salmon crostini are the simplest, yet most flavorful appetizer you can offer at the cocktail party.

As I mentioned earlier, you can prepare everything a day in advance. Simply assemble the crostini before serving, or layout everything on a platter for your guests to assemble themselves.

Learn how to make crostini in less than 30 minutes! These smoked salmon crostini are the simplest, yet most flavorful appetizer you can offer at the cocktail party.

Everything in this recipe compliments each other. Crispy toast works great with buttery texture of the salmon. Creamy cream cheese filling with capers and dill is soft and doesn’t overpower the delicate salmon flavor. Ah, that tomato and red onion relish is soo good too.

Learn how to make crostini in less than 30 minutes! These smoked salmon crostini are the simplest, yet most flavorful appetizer you can offer at the cocktail party.

Bon Appetite!

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Learn how to make crostini in less than 30 minutes! These smoked salmon crostini are the simplest, yet most flavorful appetizer you can offer at the cocktail party.

Yield: 30

Ingredients:

For tomato/red onion relish
  1. • 2 medium tomato, chopped
  2. • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  3. • ½ teaspoon salt
  4. • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
For cream cheese filling
  1. • 8oz (230gr) cream cheese, softened
  2. • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  3. • 1 tablespoon capers, finely minced
  4. • 1 teaspoon dill paste
For crostini
  1. • 1 white baguette
  2. • Olive oil
  3. • 10oz (300gr) cold-smoked salmon, thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. 1. In a medium bowl, mix together chopped tomatoes, chopped red onion, salt and pepper. Let stand for at least 15 minutes to marinate.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, lemon juice, capers and dill paste and mix until well combined.
    3. Slice the baguette into thin slices ( and drizzle with olive oil. Warm up the skillet and toast the bread slices on each side until nice and toasty, about 2 minutes on each side.
    4. To assemble, spread the cream cheese filling over the toasted bread then top with tomato/red onion relish and smoked salmon.
  1. Shinee’s Note: You can make the step 1-3 one day in advance. Store the cream cheese filling and relish in the fridge. Toasted bread will keep well in an air tight container.

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10 comments

  1. Can I use fresh dill instead of dill paste. I cannot find dill paste in the grocery stores. If so how much fresh dill would I need for the recipe ?  

  2. This might be a silly question but if you make the bread a day in advance, do you heat it up again before serving? And wouldn’t it be really hard? They look delicious so I would love to make this in advance.

    • Hi, Christi. I don’t heat up the bread again the next day, they aren’t very hard, just crunchy. But if you want, you probably can pop them in the hot oven for a couple minutes to warm it up. If you make these crostini, let me know how did you like them. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  3. Just beautiful! And I know they are delicious. I was wondering what the dif was between a crostini and a bruschetta, thanks for the info. Pinned 🙂

    • Hi, Pat! Basically, the main difference is the size and type of bread. Bruschetta is typically made with a big slice of bread, like sourdough. Crostini, on other hand, made with small, thin slices of baguette.

  4. Love crostini! One my favourite appetisers! So good, loving all the flavours!

  5. I could definitely devour a couple of these smoked salmon crostini’s right now..they look so delicious! Lucky that I have all the ingredients on hand to make them!

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