Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Smoked Salmon stuffed with Cream Cheese, Scallion and Panko Quenelles



Like many of you, I've been contemplating appetizers for Thanksgiving Day. Those little bites you display on dishes and trays around the house, so that people can nibble away in anticipation of the main event!

I think the trick in the hors d'oeuvres department is to keep things light...after all...the last thing you want is for guests to arrive at your table with a belly full of bread! So here is one (of probably a few more to come) we'll be serving that day. 

The creaminess of the cheese, hint of scallion and subtle crunch of panko all snugly wrapped in a luscious slice of Hickory-Smoked, Wild Alaskan Salmon...is rich enough to satisfy anxiously awaiting palates while still leaving room for Mom's homemade mashed potatoes!

Smoked Salmon stuffed with Cream Cheese, Scallion and Panko Quenelles

Ingredients:
High Quality Smoked Salmon
Cream Cheese, Only Philadelphia Brand!
Panko Crumbs
Scallion, finely diced

Directions:
Mix together scallion and panko on a flat dish. Take two long iced tea spoons and shape cream cheese into quenelle shapes using a back and forth motion.

Roll the cheese quenelle in the scallion and panko mixture.

Carefully wrap smoked salmon around cheese. Plate and serve.

*Could serve as is (shown here) or atop an English cucumber slice, cracker or toast point. Top w/Salmon caviar for an extra special presentation!

18 comments:

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

These look really delicious and I am NOT a salmon fan at all. But I'd try them for sure! Beautiful!

Jennifurla said...

Colorful, Tasty, Gorgeous and bitesized. I love this.

Katerina said...

I make these quite often. They are great appetizers. Try adding some fresh dill to the cream cheese it really adds to the taste. I like your adding of scallions too.

Courtney said...

These are so cute! (And look absolutely divine.) I would expect nothing less from you! :)

Clint said...

After knocking myself out sans success on Google trying to discover the definitions of "panko" and "quenelle", I said the AH with it and decided to go with my impression of your picture and the appeal of the recipe.

Voila! Looks marvelous, light and tasty. Very good choice for appetizers!

Simply Life said...

Oh those are so cute and look soooo good!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Thanks all! So this was a practice run, which was fun to do! :)

Good idea for the dill Katerina!

Garnish with lemon is nice too...

Clint, Clint, Clint....panko = Japanese rice "bread" crumbs
Quenelle - football shape :) LOL!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

This is probably the most gorgeous appetizer I've seen posted this year! And while I am sure it tastes absolutely delicious it seems completely doable and not too fussy. Truly a great recipe - you have outdone yourself lady! I want to pop the bubbly and nosh on some of these right now! Thanks for sharing;)

The Food Hound said...

These look delicious and INCREDIBLY easy! I will have to try them! I love smoked salmon, and it's so special for a party...or breakfast :)

laurie said...

Your photo is stunning! What a perfect appetizer.

Pam said...

This looks great and bet it is delicious! We're having smoked salmon that a friend of my sons' makes that is outstanding. I definitely have to try this just because of the cream cheese!

Mary said...

I adore salmon, fresh or smoked and think these sound just wonderful. Your photos are lovely. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Joanne said...

Ooo I adore smoked salmon and these sound like the perfect pre-dinner treat! Although I might eat about twenty of them. So much for that whole "light" business...

Chow and Chatter said...

beautiful like little rose buds

Magic of Spice said...

Those look just beautiful...I would be happy with just these for dinner :)

sweetlife said...

my parents love salmon, so these would be greatly apprecitaed in my home..

sweetlife

Jenn said...

Now those are absolutely beautiful. Almost to pretty to eat.... almost :)

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I find appetizers to be some of the most frustrating parts of menu planning. These are fabulous and beautiful at the same time. Who could resist?
Sam