Friday, December 30, 2011

Salmon and Cream Cheese Bites for New Year's

Today Jamie and I ran some errands to get some last minute accessories for our New Year's Eve outfits - we're going to a friend's house tomorrow night for a 90's themed party.  Jamie asked me tonight what I drank in the 90's - my answer was that since I was still 17 when I graduated high school in '96, I wasn't drinking anything!  I'm one of the few who actually never had a drink until I was 21.  And even then it wasn't exactly wild - a Bacardi and Lemonade at Applebees with my sister on my birthday.

As far as the party, Jamie's outfit is going to be completely awesome - he put a lot more effort into his than I put into mine - and I'm sure I'll share a picture or two next week.

A few nights ago, I made these little appetizers to snack on before dinner, and while combining cream cheese and salmon isn't exactly an original idea, it's worth mentioning since it's so yummy and so easy.

Most people would use smoked salmon for this, but we had grilled some salmon the night before and had leftovers in the fridge, so I used that.  Either will work just fine.

A little cream cheese with lemon, green onion, salt and pepper was just the right thing to top the crackers - and it was a cracker I just discovered - Pecan Wheatables.  They may be my new favorite cracker now.  I've also been eating them lately with hummus, which is also delicious.

These would be fantastic for a New Year's get together - they're easy and quick to put together, and everyone (everyone who loves salmon, that is) will love them.

And for a few other appetizer ideas from previous blog posts...

Caprese Salad Bites
Goat Cheese, Caramelized Leek and Turkey Bacon Dip with Crostini
Roasted Artichoke with Spicy Aioli
Tomato Olive Bruschetta
Salmon, Mango and Cucumber Bites

Salmon and Cream Cheese Bites
printable recipe

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 green onions, white and green parts, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • small pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a box of your favorite crackers
  • 8 ounces smoked, baked or grilled salmon, flaked

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, lemon zest and juice, green onions, parsley, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper.

Spread about a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture on each cracker.  Top with the salmon.  Garnish with a few more sliced green onions and freshly cracked black pepper.

Yields 40-50, depending on the size of the crackers.