courtesy of The Food Network.com
These sandwiches were made in honor of the Seattle Seahawks, for Super Bowl XLVIII (I made Cowboy Beans in honor of their opponent, the Denver Broncos). They turned out so pretty and would be perfect served for Easter brunch, a bridal shower or even for a Mother’s Day luncheon. If you want all the flavors without the fuss, serve the cream cheese mixture in a bowl, with the salmon and some crackers on the side. Enjoy!
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 Tablespoons minced chives
2 heaping Tablespoons horseradish
pepper and salt to taste (smoked salmon is very salty, so go easy on the salt)
zest of 1 lemon
pumpernickel cocktail loaf (you will not need the entire loaf)
8-10 ounces smoked salmon
6-8 chives, green parts only, cut into slim 1 inch match sticks
1. Combine cream cheese, minced chives, horseradish, pepper, salt, and lemon zest.
2. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on a slice of pumpernickel cocktail bread. Top the cream cheese mixture with a piece of crispy lettuce, followed by a thin slice, or chunk of smoked salmon. Garnish the sandwich by placing a small dollop of the cream cheese mixture on top of the salmon and placing 2 pieces of the 1 inch chives in the dollop.