How to make smoked salmon roses as garnishes for a charcuterie board, salmon salads & dishes, and small ones for appetizers & canapés.
There’s no need to prep or cook smoked salmon – it’s sliced and ready to eat so you can impress your guests in no time with your gorgeous smoked salmon roses.
Wear latex gloves when handling smoked salmon so the smokiness doesn’t rub into your skin.
4 Steps to Make Smoked Salmon Roses
Cut smoked salmon into strips.Smoked salmon is usually pre-sliced at about 1/8″ thick. If making small roses for appetizers or canapés, cut it into strips 1 – 2″ wide. Vary the widths and leave the jagged edge – it helps with the rose-like appearance.
Roll a smoked salmon rosebud.A long strip is best for the center of the rose. Beginning with widest end, tightly roll and place flat end on work surface. (If you are adding this to a salad, appetizer or canapé, this may be the size you want.)
Add petals to rosebud center.Wind a salmon strip around the rose center, flat side down against work surface, jagged side up. Keep this loose so it folds open like a rose petal. Add shorter pieces with very jagged edges on each side of the rose formation to add fullness. If you want a bigger rose, keep adding outer “petals” with the center of the new layer covering the seam from the end of the last petal until is it the size you need.
Make smaller ones for a garnish or appetizer, and fuller ones for display or a charcuterie board.
Avocado Boats with bacon, dill and a smoked salmon rose where the pit was removed is an example of a small rose for an appetizer or salad.
Make a large rose as a garnish for charcuterie boards and appetizer displays.
Want more? See How to Make a Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board.
Make smoked salmon rose canapés: spread melba toast squares, 1.5″ brown bread circles or crackers with spreadable cream cheese, sprinkle with dill weed & top with rose.
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Appetizers should be served with every party! They keep the crowd happy if things are running a little late. They are perfect for nibbling while standing up during meet-and-greet. They allow a little taste of a lot of different foods.
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