It’s a Christmas classic, piled on toast with soft cheese and lemon juice. But if you want to get more imaginative this year, try these…
1 Sushi rolls
A welcome alternative to calorific, pastry-laden party bites, these make a great starter or light lunch, too. Sprinkle freshly cooked sushi rice with a little rice wine vinegar and leave to cool. Spread the rice over nori (seaweed) sheets and cover with thin slices of smoked salmon. Put a thin smear of wasabi at one end and top with strips of cucumber. Tightly roll up, then cut into 3cm slices. Serve with a reduced-salt soy sauce and ginger dipping sauce.
2 Posh canapés
Top mini shop-bought blinis (mini pancakes) or oatcakes with ruffles of smoked salmon. Add a spoonful of finely shredded celeriac mixed with a little Dijon mustard, reduced-fat crème fraîche and chopped fresh parlsey.
3 Chilli and lemon spaghetti
Toss freshly cooked wholewheat spaghetti with lightly cooked tenderstem broccoli, chopped red chilli to taste, lemon zest, a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and strips of smoked salmon. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve with a green salad.
4 Leek and pea risotto
Cook onion, garlic and sliced leeks in a little olive oil until soft. Add risotto rice such as arborio (about 50g per person) and stir well to ensure it’s coated in the oil. Add hot reduced-salt fish stock (about 200ml per 50g rice), a ladleful at a time, stirring frequently, making sure all the liquid is absorbed before adding more. When the rice is almost tender, add frozen peas and cook for 3 min. Stir in a little pesto to taste, then add chopped smoked salmon and serve topped with a handful of rocket.
5 Speedy pâté
Blitz equal quantities of smoked salmon (cheaper trimmings are ideal) and quark or ricotta in a food processor. Stir in horseradish sauce to taste and snipped fresh chives. Line individual ramekins or a loaf tin with clingfilm, then line with slices of smoked salmon. Spoon in the pâté, then cover and chill. Turn out, remove the clingfilm and serve with extra chives, lemon wedges, slices of toasted ciabatta and watercress.
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