New Years Eve Apps: Smoked Salmon & Avocado Tartare

I have made so many different versions of smoked salmon tartare over the years.

I usually fill them into cucumber cups, but I was smitten with these pre-made mini pastry cups and knew I would find a good use for them.

This is a lighter version than my usual, since it has no mayo.

It's zingy and holds up well in the mini shells.

These can be made 2 hours before, but wait till the last minute to dab on the creme fraiche.

Here's how:

6 oz. of good quality smoked salmon, chopped fine
2 tsp French grainy mustard (the kind with the seeds)
1 tbsp capers
1 tbsp minced red onion
juice of a fresh lime
handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 ripe avocado, cut into small dice
black pepper
1 tsp olive oil
creme fraiche, lime zest and cilantro for garnish

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and carefully spoon into pastry cups or cucumber cups.

Can be refrigerated at this point (but if using cucumbers, only make an hour before or they will get soggy).

Dot with some creme fraiche, lime zest and a cilantro leaf to garnish.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Love, S.S.


Natalia said…
I'm a big fan of smoked salmon so this appetizer is #1 in my book, because not only does it use smoked salmon but it's also fun. I've never thought of using capers along with lime and cilantro together - sounds interesting. I have some friends who are gluten-free so I'm wondering if I could use polenta rounds in place of the pastry cups. What do you think?

Happy New Year to you Stacey!
lisa is cooking said…
Love these flavors, and the cups make them party-perfect.

Happy New Year, Stacey!

Eileen said…
What a great appetizer! I'm using smoked salmon in my New Years Day Brunch's first course... Happy New Year, Stacey!
domenicacooks said…
Happy New Year, Stacey!