To get ahead, you can prep everything in advance, but for best results, assemble just before serving. Save any leftover chives for sprinkling on the celery root soup.
Discard any damaged outer endive leaves. Trim the root end and separate the leaves. You should end up with 35 to 40 large leaves (save the small inner leaves for a salad). Arrange the leaves on a baking sheet.
Put the crème fraîche in a squeeze bottle or a small piping bag. You can also make a piping bag by trimming one corner of a small zip-top bag). Pipe a small dollop of crème fraîche on each endive leaf. Gently arrange a small pile (about 4 strips) of the sliced salmon on top of the crème fraîche. Season the salmon with some black pepper and a little squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle a few chives on top (you may not need them all), arrange the leaves on a platter, and serve.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on 40 servings, Calories
1, Fat Calories
10, Saturated Fat
1, Monounsaturated Fat
1, Polyunsaturated Fat
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