A delicious and oscar-worthy hors d'oeuvre for Academy Award night, or in fact any time at all, these gorgeous star-shaped Smoked Salmon & Caviar appetizers make a sensational addition to any festive celebration. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter and firm pre-sliced dark pumpernickel bread makes all the difference, as the canapés hold their shape better, and the dark base contrasts well with the caviar. I also like to layer the canapés with 2 slices of smoked salmon which makes the stars appear more evenly coloured and substantial. An extravagant garnish of black caviar is the crowning touch to these bite-size beauties but doesn't have to break the bank — by simply using lumpfish caviar, it's an affordable luxury at just $3.99 a jar! Topped with a thin slice of lemon zest for a little extra zing, these little canapés are sure to be the star of any party.
Smoked Salmon & Caviar Star Canapés
Makes 12 appetizers
6 slices of pumpernickel bread
1 cup Boursin or garlic and herb cream cheese, at room temperature
8 oz package thinly sliced smoked salmon
1 lemon, zested into strips
1.7 oz jar of black Lumpfish or Sevruga caviar
Lay the pumpernickel on a clean surface and spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of Boursin or herbed cream cheese over each piece, covering them edge to edge. Top with 2 slices of smoked salmon, trimming to fit as necessary. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, press out as many stars as possible from each slice — I managed 2 stars per slice — then garnish with a small dollop of caviar in the centre and top with a thin strip of lemon peel. Arrange on a decorative platter and serve.