Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts

July 31, 2013

Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: A tasteful upgrade to a classic party hors d'oeuvre. 

Smoked Salmon Toasts from Food52

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WHO: Kukla is a classical pianist living in West Hollywood.

WHAT: A tasteful upgrade to a classic party hors d'oeuvre. 

HOW: Simply mix up your compound butter, spread it on toast, and layer on the salmon. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: Kukla's use of herbs, mustard, and lemon make for a perfectly-balanced compound butter. We love this preparation -- who wouldn't? -- but we also see this butter on top of a white fish, vegetables, or just about anything that needs its rich, herby tang. Since there are so few ingredients, make sure to use the best of each. Party time!

Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts by Kukla

Makes 20

10 ounces of the best quality smoked salmon in medium-thin slices (Norwegian or Wild Alaskan)
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup finely chopped chives or green onions
1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 thin, long French baguette, cut into 1/4-inch slices 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here).

Photo by James Ransom


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JanetFL July 31, 2013
Congratulations, Kukla - it is a fabulous recipe!
Kukla July 31, 2013
Thank you JanetFL!
Kukla July 31, 2013
Many thanks to food52 and the editors for choosing another of my recipes as a WildCard Winner and a special thank you to Mr. James Ransom for as always beautiful photo!!!

I also want to thank Bevi, a devoted food52er, and one of my first friends in our food52 community, who’ve written a wonderful review when this recipe was chosen for Community Pick!
Bevi July 31, 2013
Yay Kukla! It was my pleasure then to review your classy upgrade, and now I am thrilled that you received a WC. It is a lovely recipe.
Kukla July 31, 2013
Thank you again Bevi!!! I feel very fortunate to be a part of this wonderful community and have such friends like you and many, many more!!!
marialissio July 31, 2013
Lovely recipe Kukla. All my favorite flavors. Well deserved. I do think Bevi is an accomplished cook. I am working my way through her collection. She, like you Kukla, has a true palate combined with a bag loads of technique.
Kukla August 1, 2013
Thank you marialissio for your kind comment from myself and from Bevi!!! I am honored that you find similarities in our cooking style!
cookinginvictoria July 31, 2013
Congratulations on the WC win, kukla! This looks like the perfect summer appetizer. I especially love your version of the compound butter. Can't wait to try this!
Kukla July 31, 2013
Thank you so very much cookinginvictoria! Hope you'll like it.
EmilyC July 31, 2013
Congrats Kukla!
Kukla July 31, 2013
Thank you kindly EmilyC!
aargersi July 31, 2013
Yay congratulations! I would happily eat this any time of the day!
Kukla July 31, 2013
Thank you Abbie! Hope you try it!
drbabs July 31, 2013
Congratuations, kukla! Love this!
Kukla July 31, 2013
Thanks a lot Barbara!
inpatskitchen July 31, 2013
Congratulations Kukla! What a great take on a classic!!
Kukla July 31, 2013
Thank you Pat!! I like sometimes to give a classic recipe a makeover.
dymnyno July 31, 2013
Congrats on the Wildcard win! Once again a showcase of your creative and delicious recipes!
Kukla July 31, 2013
Thanks dymnyno! It’s such a pleasant surprise and pure luck this summer to win a contest and two WildCards!