Friday, 2 March 2012

Smoked Salmon Blinis with Vodka Crème Fraîche and Beetroot

It’s always good to start with a nibble.  Just a little one, nothing too big.  A small bite to get your mouth watering, but nothing to suppress your appetite.  A tease for what is to come.  Something to help stop you getting too tipsy with pre-dinner drinks.

Smoked Salmon Blinis with Vodka Crème Fraîche and Beetroot

The canapés for my St. Valentines Dinner was these delicious Smoked Salmon Blinis with Vodka Crème Fraîche and Beetroot.  The idea for this came from the BBC Good Food website, where there was a similar recipe for a starter and I adapted it into this. 

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The blinis I made from Heston Blumenthal’s new book Heston At Home.  They were so simple, easy and fast to make.  The quicker I was cooking them, the faster my niece and nephew were eating them!  I made these a week before, and kept them in the freezer.  All I then needed to do was to defrost them a few hours before preparing them.

When it come the to smoked salmon to top them with, I have for a while seen some that I wanted to try.  It was in my favourite butcher and fishmonger (who I have just discovered supplies the only 2 Michelin Star Pub – The Hand and Flowers), and they smoke the salmon themselves.  This was the perfect opportunity to buy it.  I can honesty say this is probably the best smoked salmon I have ever had.  It was so smooth, luxurious, perfect balance of smoke and very tasty.  I don’t believe I will ever by smoked salmon from anywhere else for a long time.  Phil Bowditch Fresh Fish and Butchers is based at Emmett’s Farm Shop in Little Marlow.  Unfortunately neither have a website to show you, but trust me, if you are in the area go and visit.

Vodka Crème Fraîche

The vodka crème fraîche takes minutes to put together.  Just mix a 200ml tub of crème fraîche with 3 tsp. vodka, 2 tsp. hot horseradish sauce and some salt and pepper.  Pop it all back into the pot the crème fraîche came in, and put it the fridge until needed.

Then it comes to the beetroot.  Something that I don’t ever look forward to preparing.  Always looks like some accident has taken place.  So there I am, wearing thin latex gloves, beetroot in one hand and knife in other….. I’m ready.

Beetroot

The assembly of the canapés were simple.  Spread a little of the vodka crème fraîche on to the blinis, a few slithers of smoked salmon and a couple of pieces of beetroot that have been cut into small matchsticks.  Finally, sprinkle over a few dill sprigs.

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18 comments:

  1. These look wonderful and really enticing to eat, though I'm not a Smoked Salmon lover this is a recipe both my sister and brother-in-law would really love. Great that you can make all the components before hand and then its just a case of assembling them.

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    1. Thank you Gardenteacakesandme, it is very good that you can prepare everything before hand and then just assemble them. Means you can spend more time with your guests, rather than being in the kitchen.

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  2. A feast for the eyes, the vodka creme fraiche sounds a perfect match for smoked salmon.

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    1. Hi Maggie - They are a perfect match, especially with a little bit of hot horseradish sauce in it. When I made this as a starter this first time, serve with a shot of ice cold vodka. :)

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  3. These look so good! I adore smoked salmon and your blinis are such a great way to serve it.

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  4. I love the beet and smoked salmon together. I'll have to make these for my next cocktail party.

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    1. marthameetslucy - thank you. The beetroot cuts through the richness of the smoked salmon.

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  5. Oh these look delightful - all my favourite ingredients in one :)

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    1. Thank you Jaime - your blog is great, so glad I found it.

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  6. Oh, I adore smoked salmon! Looks fantastic!

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  7. Hi! I love the look of those little treats you'd made! So colorful!Bet they'll be a hit in parties!

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    1. Thanks Jeannie. Maybe we should hold a party to find out?!

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  8. I especially like you include beetroot into this classic recipe, sounds delicious.

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  9. So simple yet when done right, so perfect! Love smoked salmon and for a recipe like this, it's great that you got such high quality pieces so it can really shine.

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  10. James these look great! I have some of my own caught trout being smoked at the moment and now I have a perfect recipe to try it with! Bookmarked for when I it back :)

    Giles at Anyone For Seconds?

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