Bite Sized Appetizers: Smoked Salmon Mousse

Bite Sized Appetizers: Smoked Salmon Mousse

I have a serious thing for little handheld appetizers. I mean, they’re just so damn cute! I really can’t help it but seeing a plate full pretty little tasty bites just makes me so happy. I think I might have a problem. Bite Sized Appetizers: Smoked Salmon Mousse

These little guys are super flavourful with a tiny bite from the horseradish. Crispy filo cracker + creamy smoked salmon mousse + a playful pop of flying fish roe = the perfect appetizer. Bite Sized Appetizers: Smoked Salmon Mousse

Recipe inspired by A Food Centric Life

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Bite Sized Appetizers: Smoked Salmon Mousse
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The perfect little bite sized appetizer
Recipe type: Appetizer / Canapé
Makes: Makes 1 cup of mousse
  • 3 sheets filo pastry and a few tablespoons of melted butter
  • ½ cup smoked salmon
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup cream cheese cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, or more to taste
  • Optional garnishes: flying fish roe (my fav), dill, lemon zest, capers, finely minced red onion, tiny slice of lemon, freshly grated horseradish, anything else your mind can dream up :)
  1. Carefully lay one sheet of filo pastry on your counter and brush lightly with melted butter. Lay a second sheet over the first and again brush with butter. Finally place the third sheet on top of the other two and press together gently. Using a cookie cutter, carefully cut out small round shapes. Place cut filo on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake according to package directions. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine smoked salmon, cottage cheese, cream cheese, lemon juice, dill, horseradish and salt and stir to evenly combine. Place in a pastry piping bag and set aside in your fridge.
  3. Just before serving, pipe a small amount of mousse onto each filo cracker and top with a garnish of your choice.
Mousse can be made 1 day ahead and stored in your fridge. It is actually better the next day as the flavours have time to develop. You can also make the filo crackers 1 day ahead and store them in a sealed container. They are delicate so be careful with them!


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About Kristen

Kristen Stevens is the creator and editor of The Endless Meal. She is also the owner of a small underground restaurant in Vancouver, Canada.
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  1. says

    I totally get why you love bite sized apps… how could you not?! They’re So flippin cute!!! These look great. I’ve never worked with filo… always wanted to though! I might leave off the roe. That’s the one food I’ve never really cared to eat. I TRY to like it when I eat sushi, but just don’t like the texture. This will still be yummy anyway! :) :)

    • Kristen says

      Definitely only add what you love on top of these little guys. Would be just as great with a couple capers or a pinch of lemon zest :)

  2. says

    I know exactly what you mean about the appetizers–these look downright addicting! I don’t usually have the patience to work with filo pastry, but these might be worth it (or a box of crackers will do until I get my lazy bum out to the store). Thank you for sharing these gems!

    • Kristen says

      Hey Ala,

      I usually find filo pretty fussy too, but these are actually quite easy. Crackers would be great with this too though!!


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