Smoked Salmon Puffs

These are irresistible little Smoked Salmon puffs, filled with a delicate cream made of smoked salmon. Excellent as an appetizer with a glass of Champagne!

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Smoked Salmon Puffs

Natalija
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 40 small puffs

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 200 ml water or milk
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • 120 g all purpose flour
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk (optional)

Salmon filling

  • 250 g smoked salmon cut into pieces
  • small onion minced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 100 ml heavy cream( 35%) very cold
  • Some fresh dill, or chive, minced
  • Few pinches of paprika for decoration

Instructions
 

Dough

  • Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  • Add flour and mix well, until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
  • Add the eggs one by one. Stir well. The dough should become smooth and shiny.
  • Place saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  • Transfer the dough to a piping bag.
  • Pipe puffs (no bigger than a walnut). Space the puffs on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
  • Lightly brush the top of puffs with egg yolk.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let them cool down completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.

Smoked salmon filling

  • In a food processor, combine the smoked salmon with the onion, garlic, sour cream and olive oil. Process until smooth.
  • Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix once more.
  • Whip heavy cream, until soft peaks form.
  • Gently fold in salmon mix into the whipped cream. Add the minced fresh dill.
  • Cut puffs in half. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag and fill the puffs. Replace the top.
  • Dust puffs with paprika. Serve right away or keep in the refrigerator.
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Baked Feta (Psiti)

Baked Feta (Psiti) is a traditional Greek dish. It is very easy to prepare at home and will become one of your favorite appetizers.

Baked Feta (Feta Psiti)

Natalija
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Servings 6 servngs

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g feta cheese (in one block)
  • 2 pinches oregano
  • Some chili pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Place the feta in an oven-proof dish. Add the oregano and chili pepper flakes followed by the olive oil.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with fresh bread or pita.
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Easy Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks

These crispy, flaky, cheesy sticks require just a few ingredients and 15 minutes of your time. Very easy to put together with absolutely no experience needed. They go with dips, salads, soups, beer and yet, kids favorite crunchy snack.

More recipes with puff pastry on my cooking blog.

Easy Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks

Natalija
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 50 g shredded cheese
  • Some Herbes de Provence or any herbs of your choice
  • freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a parchment paper roll out the puff pastry.
  • Whisk the egg yolk and spread evenly over the puff pastry.
  • Sprinkle cheese, herbs and pepper on top of the yolk mixture. Slice with a pizza cutter into 1 cm strips.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes.
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Creamy And Buttery Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are the perfect healthy appetizers and always welcome at a party. This is very easy recipe of stuffed eggs with softened butter and a bit of garlic.

Stuffed Eggs

Natalija
To cook a perfect boiled eggs, simply place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Cover pan with a lid and bring to a boil over high heat, boil for 6 to 7 minutes over medium heat for perfect hard boiled eggs.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 tsp softened butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • fresh dill

Instructions
 

  • Carefully peel the eggs and slice them in half lengthwise. Remove yollk and transfer it to a medium bowl.
  • Mash the yolk with a fork until crumbly.
  • Add the mayonnaise, butter,garlic, salt and pepper and combine until incorporated.
  • Place the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a medium tip (or teaspoon), pipe the yollk mixture into the whites.
  • Garnish with fresh dill.
  • Refrigerate before serving.
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Tuna pate with smoked salmon

Delicious Tuna and Smoked Salmon Pate is an amazing appetizer served with fresh or toasted bread.

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Tuna pate with smoked salmon

Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 160 g tuna in water drained
  • 5-6 slices smoked salmon
  • 160 g mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh dill to taste

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine together mascarpone cheese and tuna, mash it with fork.
  • Add chopped dill and minced onion, salt and pepper.
  • Add finely chopped smoked salmon and stir together.
  • Transfer to a small dish and garnish with chopped fresh dill or with thin slices of salmon. Cover with food plastic wrap.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours.

Salmon in Puff Pastry

Who says you need to make a special dough for amazing appetizers? Thank goodness for puff pastry! It is so easy to use and you can buy it in the freezer section at any grocery store. I want to introduce you to this delicious puff pastry packets that are filled with salmon, sour cream and herbs. And can be served with any green salad of your choice. It’s great for brunch, lunch, or light dinner. This will definitely be on my holiday table this year.

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Salmon in Puff Pastry

Course Appetizers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 200 g fresh salmon skinless, boneless
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Some fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add finely chopped onion cook and stir until tender.
  • Cut salmon into small cubes. Season with salt and pepper, add sour cream, cooked onion and fresh dill. Gently mix.
  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Gently roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Using 8 cm round cookie cutter carefully cut out circles.
  • Place pastry rounds on a flat surface, divide salmon mixture between them and spread one tea spoon over pastry, leaving a 1/2 cm border all around.
  • Brush pastry borders with water. Top with pastry rounds and press edges together firmly to seal.
  • Place the pastry packets on baking sheet and brush with egg yolk.
  • Make a small hole in the middle of the top of each lid. Use a paring knife to score the top of the pastry as desired. Be careful not puncture through.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

Fresh Vegetable Salsa

Fresh Vegetable Salsa is great for a Mexican style party, as well as for spicy dish lovers. This traditional Mexican sauce can be served with corn chips and tortillas. But also very good with meat, fish or simply as a summer salad.

Fresh Vegetable Salsa

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If you don’t have jalapeños, you can use chili powder. Lime can be replaced with a lemon. The taste will be different, but still delicious.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tomatoes diced
  • 1 english cucumber diced
  • 1 sweet pepper (any color) cored and diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper diced
  • cilantro chopped
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 lime

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, then serve.
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Chunky Guacamole

The secret to perfect guacamole is ripe avocados. If you prefer a smoother guacamole, use a blender. Personally, I prefer avocados crushed with a fork with finely cut tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

 

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Chunky Guacamole

Guacamole can be served not only with tortilla chips, but also with fresh sliced vegetables, such as radishes, cucumber, or celery.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 lemon (or lime)
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1/2 oignon
  • 2 cloves clove garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper (or chili powder)
  • Fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Slice the avocados in half along its length and dispose of the seed and skin. Crush the flesh of the avocado using a fork. Drizzle with the lemon juice.
  • Chop the onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Crush the garlic.
  • Mix all the vegetables and avocados together. Salt, pepper, and add the cayenne pepper.
  • Put the guacamole in a bowl and serve along with tortilla chips or sliced vegetables.

Avocado Boats With Balsamic Vinegar

You are missing out if you haven’t made this incredible snack from ripe avocados. Anybody can make it, even my 7 year old makes it when she comes home from school. This is her favorite way to eat avocado. Split it in half and fill the center stone hole with some balsamic vinegar. Enjoy this healthy, delicious snack or appetizer.

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Avocado boats with balsamic vinegar

Eat avocado halves with tea spoon.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • salt and freshly ground pepper optional
  • 6 tsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Cut the avocados in half lengthwise, remove pits but do not peel them. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar in each hole, and serve.

Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese

It’s a super simple and fantastic 10 minutes appetizers, that I could eat a plateful. And when it comes to cheese, you are the boss. You can choose any hard/firm cheese that you like, as long as you’ll be able to grate it.

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Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese

Please don't use store-bought shredded cheese, it will not taste the same trust me, it is not so hard to shred the cheese after all.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 4-6 tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to aste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 100 g hard cheese
  • some olive oil (optional)
  • some fresh herbs parsley, green onion, dill,

Instructions

  • Wash and cut the tomatoes into circles and layer them on the plater. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Grate garlic, using microplane, sprinkle it on top of the tomatoes. Using the same microplane shred the cheese. Evenly layer on top of the tomatoes.
  • Drizzle with some olive oil and garnish with fresh herbs.

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