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Smoked Salmon Cocktail Crêpes

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Yields 16 to 24 bite-sized hors d’oeuvres

  • by from Crepes: 50 Savory and Sweet Recipes

The classic salmon-cream-cheese-dill combo is so delicious; this recipe adds a little mascarpone for creaminess and wraps it all up in tender crêpes.

  • 5 oz. hot-smoked salmon, skinned and flaked into small pieces
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. mascarpone
  • 1 tsp. lightly packed finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill, plus tiny sprigs for garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, or dash of hot pepper sauce
  • 4 Brown Butter Crêpes 

Put the salmon, cream cheese, and mascarpone in a small, shallow bowl and mash them together with a fork until just combined. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and dill and season well with salt and cayenne. Mash again until well blended. Taste and adjust the seasoning to balance the filling nicely.

Lay a crêpe presentation-side down on a clean work surface and gently spread with one-quarter of the filling, taking care not to rip the crêpe as you spread. Neatly roll the crêpe into a tight cylinder, and then transfer it to a large plate. Repeat with the remaining crêpes and filling.

Wrap the plate of crêpes in plastic and refrigerate until the filling is firm, at least 30 minutes or up 8 hours.

When ready to serve, cut each crêpe crosswise on the bias into bite-sized pieces, so that one side of each piece is flat and the other side is angled. Arrange the crêpes on a serving tray or platter so they’re standing on the flat side, with the angled side pointing up, and garnish each piece with a small sprig of dill. Serve chilled.

Photo: James Baigrie

I served this at my Mother's 70th birthday cocktail party to rave reviews and many people asking for the recipe. I did not use mascarpone cheese (only because I did not have it), and cannot believe that it would add anything. I added a tiny splash of sweet mustard to the layer of filling just prior to rolling. This is my new "go to" recipe. I will absolutely be making this again very soon.

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