Smoked Salmon and Cheese pastry spoon appetizers

Smoked Salmon and Cheese pastry spoon appetizers

By 27/02/2015

Don't you love spoiling yourself with an aperitif and nibbles from time to time? Of course I have to indulge often when I am in Italy in "the land of aperitives" but for special occasions I treat myself at home too.

I made these spoons out of pastry which made my friends smile when I put them on the table. They are pretty much straightforward to prepare and they look elegant and cute. I have served them with soft cheese mixed with chives and salmon, one of those classics flavours most people like.

Appetizers need to be served with a good quality aperitif wine so I have paired my appetizers with an elegant vintage Champagne from Tesco: Cristal Champagne a full bodied champagne, fresh, brimming with candied peach fruit and toasted hazelnuts flavours.

I love the idea of elegance when it comes to aperitives, after all it is all about celebrating and for that we want something special!

If you like to add an extra crunchy bite to your spoons you can add 2 tbsp of chopped nuts or sesame seeds to the pastry.

  • Prep Time : 35 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10-12 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Let's make the shortcrust pastry.

On your worktop put the flour in a heap with the egg, salt and butter. Mix with a fork and then working quickly with your hands make a ball. Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.

Dust your worktop with a little flour then with a rolling pin roll the pastry to about 4 mm thick.

Rest a teaspoon on the pastry with the concave part facing downwards then with a sharp knife cut all around the spoon.

cutting pastry cutting pastry

Press with a finger or with the spoon over the pastry to obtain the concave part.

pressing pastry

Do the same with the remaining pastry then line your pastry spoons on your baking tray over a sheet of baking paper.

Cook for 10-12 minutes at 180C or 356 F.

Mix the soft cheese with the 2 tbsp of chopped chives, slice the salmon into strips and roll them with a piece of chive.

rolling salmon

When the spoons are cooked let them cool down then place the cheese and the salmon on each spoon and serve them with your aperitif.

salmon and cheese appetizers

salmon and cheese appetizers

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10 Responses to Smoked Salmon and Cheese pastry spoon appetizers

  1. Louise

    Oh my gosh, Alida!
    Aren’t they delectable! What lucky friends you have:) Thank you so much for showing us how to do it. It actually looks fairly easy. (not for me of course because I’m a klutz, lol)

    Thanks so much for sharing, Alida…

    • Alida

      Thank you Louise! I know you are a very good baker too 🙂

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    They look beyond delicious! And those bread spoons are such a fun way to serve the smoked salmon.
    Have a lovely weekend, Alida!
    Angie

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie x

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Fabulous! I never would have thought to make the spoons. They look awesome. I absolutely have to try these. My mom’s 86th birthday is coming in March and we are having the whole family over as well. I think I will try these and I am sure my family will love them. They do not look hard, but I am not sure if I can get that spoon not to break. I will have to practice before hand. The salmon, cheese, and chives are a wonderful combo and they look so pretty on the plate. With some wine or Champagne, it will hit the spot. Thank you for sharing this post. Have a wonderful and fun weekend.
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Hi Dottie,
      If you roll the pastry thick enough (and you could do it thicker than mine if you like) the spoons won’t break. Mine didn’t. I was only testing these for a ceremony I am going to have later on and I was pleased with the result.
      Your mum deserves a fab party at 86, it is nice you are all planning it together x

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Complimenti Alida, sei piena di belle idee, questi cucchiaini di frolla sono belli anche da vedere, bravissima! Un abbraccio!

  5. Catherine

    This is a wonderful appetizer and looks adorable. It is good to treat yourself. xoxo Catherine

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