Smoked salmon canapes

Simple and elegant: smoked salmon canapes.
Simple and elegant: smoked salmon canapes. Photo: Marco Del Grande

An easy canape to serve with champagne. Other ingredients that go really well with smoked salmon and can be incorporated into these canapes - by either mixing into the sour cream or creme fraiche, using as a garnish on top or substituting for the toast - include dill, capers, boiled and finely chopped eggs, cucumber, chives, lemon and beetroot.


One thin baguette (French stick)

Sour cream or creme fraiche

Smoked salmon

Salmon roe*

Freshly ground white pepper

Sea salt

*Salmon roe is sold at many fishmongers.


Slice baguette into 5mm-thick slices. Place them on a tray and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and season. Toast in a moderate oven for 5 minutes or until crisp and the edges have begun to turn golden. Remove and allow to cool. Cut into rounds. (These toasts can be used for a variety of other canapes and store well in an airtight container.)

Spread each toast with a little sour cream or creme fraiche. Cut slices of smoked salmon in half and twist around your finger to fit neatly on top of toast and achieve some height. Place a small dollop of sour cream on top and garnish with salmon roe. Season with white pepper and sea salt.