salmon paté | the quickest + easiest + tastiest ‘no cook’ canapés

Origin night. Game 3. 7 kids under 4 tearing round the house while us adults try and sneak in a couple of drinks before the wheels fall off and it’s home to bed for the littlies. The perfect way to end the weekend.

I made homemade burgers and chips for a cas’ ‘stand around the kitchen bench’ kind of dinner, which were yummy and went down well. As always though, these lovely little salmon bites were the star of the show.

My secret starter, they taste so good – they’ll be gone before you know it. Taking no time to prepare, you can throw them together when your guests arrive. The ingredients are ones that you can always have in the pantry on standby and although I’ve made little bread casings before, these crunchy little baby toasts do the job just nicely. Annabelle is obsessed with them and eats them just as they are.

So next time you’re invited round to a friends place for a barbie take these salmon bites along for a change. They look impressive and like you’ve gone to a lot of effort, when really, they are the easiest thing in the world to make. My secrets out.

Now all we need is a Blues win.

C’mon!

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salmon paté (serves 4-6 adults as canapés) 

1 x 210 gram tin of red salmon, drained and large bones discarded
2 x tablespoons of whole egg mayonnaise
1/2 a Spanish onion, finely chopped
6 x gherkins, finely diced, plus extra sliced gherkins for garnishing
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
1 x teaspoon of parsley, finely chopped
1 x packet of mini toasts, for serving

  • In a bowl, mix together the salmon, mayo, onion, gherkins, lemon juice, salt, pepper and parsley using a fork.
  • Spoon a small teaspoon of the salmon mixture on to a toast and top with a sliced gherkin.

Lo’s tips

  • Optional – add the tiniest bit of Spoonfed Foods garlic jam on top of the salmon mixture when serving. It adds this sweetness that is delicious. You can buy this from Knights Meats in Wagga.
  • You probably should make a double mixture of this salmon pate as it really is so delicious, your guests will be wanting more. I also make this and leave it in the fridge for sandwiches. Smeared on some fresh bread with lettuce and sliced cucumber – it makes for a really nice lunch.
  • Pink salmon is a lot cheaper than Red salmon but really doesn’t taste as nice, so try and get Red if you can. They are often on special.
  • Whole egg mayonnaise is so much nicer than other types in my opinion. Buy the good stuff for these.
  • When I buy fresh parsley, I freeze the leftover chopped parsley and keep it in a snap lock bag in the freezer to have on standby.

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If you make these salmon bites, please leave your comments below. xx

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