Elegant Smoked Salmon Canapés

A tray of smoked salmon canapes.

It’s awards season – and none is bigger than the Oscars.  Even people who ignore other awards shows, will take a peek to see the stars in all their finery or to see how Chris Rock handles the #OscarsSoWhite fiasco during the show.  And there are the awards themselves.  All in all, a very festive evening.  At least for those lucky few with a Golden Ticket.  

mini potatoes.
thinly slicing potatoes on a mandoline.

As for us?  Well, our dresses may not be couture, our jewelry probably hasn’t been lent to us by Harry Winston, and I doubt that Wolfgang Puck has created the party menu for our festivities.  So what?  It doesn’t mean we can’t get out the champagne flutes and enjoy the show from the comfort of our collective sofas, right?

you can also use the ridged attachment.
brushing potatoes with oil salt and pepper.

It’s a festive night, and we can have our own little party right at home.  Invite a few movie-buff friends or your favorite Joan-Rivers-esque, smack-talking gal-pal, pop the cork on some sparkling wine and start the revelry.

roasting the potatoes for the canapés.

Make the occasion just a little more special, with these elegant smoked salmon canap?s.  Far from the average chips and dip, these briny nibbles will wow your guests and they’re simpler to make than you might think.  

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caviar for topping the smoked salmon and creme fraiche.
roasted potato rounds with smoked salmon and caviar.

And before you lay into me for the price of caviar – let me stop you right there — it’s domestic caviar and I spent about $7 for this two-ounce jar — you won’t need more than that.   A small spoonful of roe tucked into a dollop of creme fraiche makes these delicious little bites really  special. And they’re good for more than just the Oscars.  I made a bunch for my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary last month and they were a hit!

assembling the canapés.
serving smoked salmon canapés,

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Smoked Salmon And Caviar On Crispy Potatoes

They look fancy, but they’re pretty simple to assemble and will definitely impress company. Best when assembled just prior to serving.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword caviar, potato, smoked salmon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6


  • 6 baby dutch potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sprinkle sea salt
  • sprinkle black pepper finely ground
  • 3 ounces smoked salmon thinly sliced
  • ½ cup creme fraiche
  • 1.9 ounces domestic caviar such as Herruga
  • Sprigs dill for garnish, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Using a sharp knife or mandoline, slice the potatoes lengthwise into 1/4″ slices. Drizzle potato slices with olive oil and toss to coat with your hands. Place potato slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and flip potatoes over. Return the baking sheet to the oven and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are golden and crisp. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Slice the smoked salmon into 1/2″ wide slices. Top each potato round with a slice of smoked salmon, folding it over on itself to create some height.
  • Dollop the salmon with a scant teaspoon of creme fraiche and about 1/4 teaspoon of caviar. Garnish with a sprig of dill. Arrange on a platter and serve with champagne or cocktails.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    The canapés turned out beautifully. Thank you.

  2. These look amazing! Can you make the potatoes ahead of time?

    1. You can make the potatoes ahead of time, but I’d rewarm them in a hot oven for about 5-8 minutes just before assembling to get them crispy on the outside…

    1. it’s not hard, and they’re really tasty!

    1. Well, if I can do it, anyone can! And I’m not a professional.

  3. Salmon+Potato chips interesting and YUMMY! Both are my favorite. These looks amazing! Yes, perfect for the Oscars night 🙂

  4. Natasha @ Salt and Lavender says:

    5 stars
    These look fabulous! And less effort than blini. I bet these taste delicious!! Perfect for the Oscars on the couch 😉

  5. I really need to purchase a mandolin… the potatoes look fabulous for these. We bought a smoker last year and love it with Salmon. Looks like I’ll have another use for the leftover salmon …thanks

  6. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence says:

    I like the use of crispy potato slices here! I’ve made something similar with little pancakes, and it took forever to make all of them. Need to give this a try.

    1. I’ve done it with blini (little pancakes), but I like the crispy potatoes better. Enjoy!

  7. April @ Girl Gone Gourmet says:

    These look totally Wolfgang Puck/Vanity Fair Oscar party worthy! They are perfect little bites 🙂

    1. Wow! Thank you! It’s not hard when you’re working with good ingredients, though, right?!!