Appetizers are great anytime, but we make them more often during the festive holiday season. On weekends, we’re either hosting dinners for friends and family or we’re visiting friends and family as guests. Either way, we like to serve an appetizer or bring something savoury (or sweet) to share when we’re the guests.
The extra nice thing about this goat cheese spread is that it’s perfect to use like we did in the picture, spread thick on top of a quality piece of smoked salmon, or, as a vegetarian option, simply spread onto a crostini or flavoured cracker. With the spread ready, the serving options can vary to your liking. Oh, and you can make the spread the day before you plan to serve it and keep it in the fridge.
One word of caution…we like garlic! A lot. And there’s plenty of it in this recipe. So, if you think you’ll be standing under the mistletoe or having any close intimate conversations after eating this, you might opt to go lighter on the garlic. If you’re like us, and enjoy the flavour…then go for it. Otherwise, don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😉 This is my PSA for the day…”enjoy responsibly”.
Whether you’re serving it up for a party or chillin’ in front of the TV on a Saturday night, this is a nice (only looks like it took a lot of effort to create) treat. And you deserve it. Am I right? Yup…I thought so.
Happy whatever you’re celebrating today…eat well, friends!
- 225g (8 oz) goat cheese
- 2 tbs plain yogurt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbs fresh chives, chopped
- ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
- 12 plain crackers (if flavoured, make sure the cracker flavour compliments the salmon and cheese flavour... oh shucks, you'll have to taste test :-))
- 120g (4.5 oz) Smoked Steelhead Salmon (you can use other smoked salmon options, we just love the taste of this one)
- Add all but the crackers and salmon to a small food processor (a regular size food processor will also work)
- Process until the cheese mixture is smooth.
- Place 12 crackers on a plate.
- Fold a thinly sliced piece of salmon in two or three and place on a cracker.
- Repeat the last step for all crackers.
- Using a teaspoon, spoon out a small portion of the cheese mixture.
- Using a second teaspoon, spoon out the cheese from the first spoon. Repeat this until you've formed a tiny football shaped portion of cheese mixture.
- Place the cheese portion on the salmon.
- Repeat until all crackers and salmon have cheese.
- Garnish the tops of the cheese with 1 inch lengths of chives. Enjoy!