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Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and it is time to plan those New Years Eve parties!

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

This year, like every year, I will spend the evening with my family before returning home to ring in the new year with my husband and dogs.  It is our little tradition.  My mom serves the traditional NYE line up – cabbage, black eyed peas, and all sorts of yummy nibbles.  When we get home I like to have a few more munchies to help soak up the champagne.  This year my midnight munchies are elegant and delicious.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

Two years ago I had my first taste of cold smoked salmon and I have never been the same.  The glistening coral color of the salmon is bewitching to me, and I love to find new ways to use it.  This time I decided to make rich, yet light, cream cheese pancakes flavored with chopped chives for an herbal freshness.  Lightly dolloped on the pancakes is a horseradish sour cream sauce.  It serves to hold the salmon in place, and it adds some tangy heat.  Last, I garnish with a more freshly chopped chives.  Heaven, or bliss, are the best ways to describe these.  Easy also works, since the pancakes can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to a day, along with the sauce.  Champagne is all you need to go with these.  Happy New Year!

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon    Serves   10 to 12

For the pancakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
1 ounce cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
8 ounces cold smoked salmon
Freshly chopped chives, for garnish

For the sour cream sauce:
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon horseradish
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Begin by making the pancakes.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and chives.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

In a small bowl cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add the egg and whisk until completely incorporated.  Whisk in the milk.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until just incorporated and no large lumps remain.  Do not over-mix.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Spray lightly with non-stick spray then scoop the batter by the tablespoon into the pan.  Cook for one minute on the first side, flip, then cook for an additional thirty seconds, or until the cakes are golden brown and spring back when gently pressed in the center.  Remove to a plate to cool while you prepare the rest.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

While the cakes cool prepare the sour cream sauce by adding the sour cream, horseradish and salt to a small bowl.  Whisk to combine then let stand ten minutes.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

To prepare, spoon a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of the sauce onto the center of the cakes.  Top with a piece of the salmon.  Garnish with the chives.  These can be assembled up to one hour in advance.  Serve at room temperature.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon


Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

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43 Responses to “Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon”

  1. These are so cute! I would love to serve them on new year’s!

  2. Jim Mosier says:

    If you like cold smoked salmon, wait until you can find candy. Very rare salmon portion.

  3. rebecca says:

    wow these pancakes look amazing

  4. The first time I had cold smoked salmon was on a transatlantic flight – believe it or not, it was the best thing I had ever tasted! Yes, it was airplane food, but they did a pretty good job with it. Since then salmon has been my favorite fish. So this little gem of yours is right up my alley – looks beautiful!

  5. Victoria says:

    Happy New Year! These look fantastic! I’m a huge smoked salmon fan too, and these are seriously elegant bites :)

  6. Jun says:

    So beautiful! And I bet it’s really delicious!

  7. Ilke says:

    Very nice presentation! I was hesitant to try smoked salmon at first too, then it all changed.
    I will definitely try for New Year’s party. I bet I can combine the pancakes with other topping too, so it will be a good base this year! Thanks!

  8. Grace says:

    So elegant, perfect with champagne. The flavour combination sounds amazing!

  9. Gorgeous! And they sound pretty much to die for!

  10. Totally elegant. I love how everything else plays so well with the salmon. We’ve got some interesting salmon hors d’oeuvres on the menu for NYE and I think I’ll make these along with the others.

  11. Beautiful! The pancakes are so cute and fluffy.

  12. Great flavor combinations for smoked salmon Kelly. I would even do them for breakfast!

  13. Carolyn Jung says:

    Wow, I want to be at your house at midnight! These look so divine, and teeny pancakes are the fluffiest I’ve seen. Happy New Year! ;)

  14. Joy says:

    This is a great app. I may try it this year for NYE

  15. what a great idea! usually i just put salmon on toast, but this looks so much better !

  16. Alison says:

    These look unbelievable.

  17. Peggy says:

    These are adorable! I’m sure they’d be a hit at any party!

  18. Leela says:

    Great recipe and brilliant photographs! I feel like I could reach into the computer screen and make these beautiful things disappear into my tummy, one by one by one by one …

  19. Cindy says:

    I can eat at least 20 of these at once!
    So good!
    Btw, Happy New Year!

  20. Chef Dennis says:

    Wow..what a great presentation!! I can just imagine how tasty those little treats were!
    Congrats on the top 9 and wishing you and your family a healthy and happy new year!

  21. Christina says:

    These look fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  22. Janice says:

    ooh and I have some smoked salmon in the fridge. These sound perfect. Thanks.

  23. Jason Phelps says:

    What a great combo. We have the smoked salmon on hand but we are planning a trip to a coop market in a little while to be inspired for our NYE eating. A variation of these is starting to develop in my head. Much thanks.

    Happy New Year!


  24. I love any smoked salmon appetizer, but on a fluffy mini pancake? Amazing!

  25. Mei Teng says:

    Super delicious looking. I love salmon – raw and smoked. Beautiful food photo.

  26. Annette Mary says:

    My lord these look lovely and like something I could devour. I really have to try these.

  27. shannon says:

    great recipe. These cream cheese pancakes look wonderful!!!

  28. Kelly, these are absolutely beautiful! I am tempted to make these for an afternoon of snacking at our house.

  29. These look delicious! I ordered a bunch of good quality smoked salmon online a few days ago. I am so making this.

  30. EATnLISTEN says:

    These are RUKIN spectacular!

  31. Liz says:

    Another one like this is with bagels, capers, salmon, and cream cheese. So yummy!


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