If you’ve been looking for recipes using smoked salmon then look no further! This recipe makes the perfect salmon appetizers that you can make again and again!
Smoked Salmon Pesto Crackers are an easy no-cook appetizer perfect for any potluck, party, or afternoon snack that everyone will enjoy! For such a easy appetizer they bring multiple flavors together. They are also healthy and only take 15 minutes to prepare!
Tis the season for holiday parties, potlucks and the need for quick and easy appetizers. Seriously, I don’t know a single person who has time to create, bake or cook anything elaborate during the month of December, including food bloggers that generally prepare all of their posts in November cause December is crazy! But I also get a ton of those fancy food towers as gifts. More than I can usually eat. Those poor pears, I try to figure out so many creative ways to use them.
I figured out two fabulous ways to use the smoked salmon other than putting them on a bagel with cream cheese. One is an easy appetizer recipe: Smoked Salmon Pesto Crackers and the Other Smoked Salmon Rigatoni in Cream Sauce. Both are super easy recipes and both help you use up all of the smoked salmon!
Smoked Salmon Pesto Crackers use just a small amount of pesto, any kind you like- sun dried tomato, classic basil with pine nuts or any other type of pesto you can find. Mix it with plain Greek Yogurt and top on crackers with toasted pine nuts. So easy!!!
Is smoked salmon raw? Well there are two ways to smoke salmon. Hot smoked or cold smoked. The most common is cold smoked in which case the salmon in not cooked but just smoked to add the smokey flavor to the fish. Hot smoking does cook the fish but it becomes less moist and and firmer.
You can use any type of cracker you want, but I prefer Triscuits. I feel like they hold up well, at least better than some other more flimsy cracker options. I like to make a well balanced appetizer tray with a variety of options. Goat Cheese Zucchini Rolls, Sopressata Finger Sandwiches make for the ideal and colorful appetizer tray!
If you liked this smoked salmon appetizer, check out these other easy smoked salmon recipes:
Tools for making Smoked Salmon Pesto Crackers:
In a medium bowl, mix Greek yogurt with pesto. Set aside.
Roll each thin slice of salmon into a roll. Using kitchen shears, cut into 1 inch pieces. The uneven ends are what will give you the rose effect.
To assemble, place a dollop of pesto cream on each cracker, press one salmon roll on each cracker. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts, Maldon sea salt and dried parsley.
Serve and enjoy!