I created this recipe for Smoked Salmon Dippers with Grissini after looking at pictures of our European vacation from last Spring.
We had enjoyed a lovely al fresco snack high on a cliff on the coast of Sicily one sunny afternoon. And while I was taking a walk down memory lane, I came upon the picture the waiter had taken of us. I was greedily scooping up a creamy concoction of smoked salmon and vegies with a crunchy breadstick. I have to admit, I looked really happy frozen in that moment in time!
So, after remember how fabulous that glorious afternoon was, I set about trying to recreate the recipe and came up with Smoked Salmon Dippers with Grissini. I’m not sure how similar it tastes to the original, but I will tell you, it turned out fabulous!
I remembered that the creamy sauce in Sicily’s version of this dish had a deep tang that I definitely had to reproduce.
And having over 30 years of catering and party planning under my belt, I knew they had used creme fraiche. It’s got a distinguishable taste and tang that’s a perfect foil to the rich smokiness of the salmon.
To give my sauce more body and even a little more tanginess, I blended cream cheese into the mixture. With some plain Greek yogurt and a nice hit of prepared horseradish, the sauce turned out to be even better than the original!
One caveat, you’ll need to make your creme fraiche at least 24 hours before starting this recipe. It takes that long sitting on your counter to develop the creamy, tangy flavors and thickness.
I give you instructions on how to make creme fraiche on the printable recipe card at the bottom on this post.
I remembered how much fun it was using my grissini as a spoon, enjoying the azure skies that sunny day in Sicily.
So, I decided to use tall clip-top jars to transport my Smoked Salmon Dippers to picnics this season. They keep everything tidy, and are a fabulous hostess-helper, since they’re already “pre-portioned” for your guests to grab.
I do however, pack a handful of long iced-tea spoons, just in case anyone finds it too difficult to eat with their breadsticks.
Even if you’re not planning a picnic soon, why not whip up a batch of Smoked Salmon Dippers with Grissini for cocktail hour this weekend? Remember Sicily?
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HOW TO MAKE CREME FRAICHE - make at least 24 hours prior to making recipe
1 cup heavy cream / 2 Tbsp. whole-fat buttermilk
1. Combine heavy cream and buttermilk in a pint mason jar or clean glass container
2. Stir well, cover, and let stand at room temperature for 8-24 hours, OR until
3. Refrigerate creme fraiche once it's sufficiently thickened.
4. Creme fraiche will last up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
Calorie and fat counts will vary with serving size and specific ingredients used.