Smoked Salmon Canapes with Whipped Chive Cream Cheese // Video

Light and healthy, Smoked Salmon Canapes with Whipped Chive Cream Cheese are the perfect brunch food.  Perfectly portioned on slices of pumpernickel cocktail bread and topped with an airy yogurt/cream cheese spread.


Ever been to a bris?  I have been to exactly one in my entire life.  A close friend of our’s had a baby boy and 8 days later we went to their lovely home to attend the event.  If you’re unfamiliar with what a bris is….let me clue you in.  A bris (or brit milah) is a religious ceremony specifically for boys where a mohel performs a circumcision in front of an entire room of friends, family and, in this case, professional acquaintances.  It’s a big deal.  (So…now you know why the girls don’t get their own bris and frankly, as a newborn female I would be relieved.) I know what you’re thinking….this is not brunch conversation, but just wait….I’ll get to that in a moment.

The ceremony is then followed by a ridiculous spread of amazing food. Latkes, brisket, smoked salmon…basically anything you’d find at a Jewish deli during the breakfast hours.  It’s pretty insane.  And filling.  And a great deterrent to the main event…which I couldn’t watch.  One, I just couldn’t watch because I’m a squeamish person and all I could imagine was face planting on the living room floor because I saw a speckle of blood.  Two, I was really hungry….and this event, to me is slightly humiliating to the baby.  That’s a private moment and the amount of people that attended to watch him get snipped was a little overwhelming.  So, I did what many others did that day and retreated to the kitchen as soon as the mohel gave the baby his pain reliever….a drop of WINE!  Seriously…if I’m ever going under the knife for any reason, a drop of wine is just not going to cut it. For the record, I’m not jewish so I may not fully appreciate the religious meaning behind the bris….and so, I eat.


I’ve always loved smoked salmon…in small amounts.  Some of these people were loading up their bagels with heaping piles of salmon, that’s a bit much for me.  I like a perfect blend of flavors with my salmon, a little bit of this and a little of that.  Little light bites of perfect flavor harmony.  That’s when I decided that smoked salmon would be better topping a tiny canapé. So, today I’m bringing you Smoked Salmon Canapes with Whipped Chive Cream Cheese. They’re the perfect light bite for a Mother’s Day Brunch, Wedding Shower, Baby Shower or….bris.  Perfectly portioned, you won’t have guests hovering around a tray of salmon and it’s accompaniments for long periods of time.  They’re layered with fresh ingredients and the glue that holds it all together….a yogurt cream cheese that’s whipped until light and airy, then folded carefully with a sprinkling of chives.  I used a room temperature cream cheese and combined it with greek yogurt to make it smooth and creamy. Perfection.


So easy to make and even easier to eat.  They’re amazing with a pitcher or three of my Bloody Margaritas. And if you’re looking for a few more easy brunch ideas….these deviled eggs are always a huge hit as is this Mimosa Fruit Salad!


Smoked Salmon Canapes with Whipped Chive Cream Cheese #BrunchWeek

the perfect appetizer for a get together!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 canapes
Calories 135 kcal


  • 6 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons plain low fat greek yogurt I used Stonyfield
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 6 ounces smoked salmon
  • 1/2 english cucumber sliced thin
  • 1/4 red onion sliced thin
  • 1 plum tomato seeded and diced
  • 12 slices cocktail pumpernickel bread
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • chopped chives for garnish


  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and yogurt until light and fluffy. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the chopped chives.
  • Spread a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture onto each slice of bread and then divide the salmon among them topping each with a sliver. Top each canapé with cucumber, red onion and tomatoes. Season with a little bit of kosher salt and pepper. Garnish with the remaining chives. Serve immediately.
  • Note: The cream cheese mixture can be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored in an airtight container refrigerated.



Serving: 1gCalories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 313mgPotassium: 134mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 285IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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21 comments on “Smoked Salmon Canapes with Whipped Chive Cream Cheese // Video”

  1. I’ve got to make these, they look delicious! I think I’ll be adding it to our Mother’s Day brunch menu 🙂

  2. So pretty! The whipped chive cream cheese sonds great.

  3. I have been to a bris. It was over quickly and the little guy was soothed immediately at his mom’s breast but it certainly makes you cringe for the little guy. Your canapes are perfect.

  4. I would be one of those piling on the smoked salmon, but these more lady-like canapes look fabulous, too!!! P.S. I’d probably be in the kitchen with you, too 🙂

  5. I also love smoked salmon in small amounts! These look awesome. I have never been to a bris but good to know what they are – never knew!!

  6. I adore both smoked salmon and anything labeled as a canape. These particular canapes look absolutely perfect for brunch!

  7. These look fantastic – I’d gladly eat a tray full of these!

  8. Love these! They are almost too pretty to eat!

  9. I love a good balance with my lox, too – this looks like exactly the way I’d like to enjoy some.

  10. I think that I would be hiding in the kitchen during that too!

  11. This is seriously my perfect bite!! I go nuts for anything with salmon on it!

  12. I would be right there n the kitchen with you, stuffing my face and eating trying not to cry. If you have to cut off the end of your kid’s privates, it should at least be in private I agree. And maybe use anesthesia, do they do that? OMG, I can’t think about it. I’m not Jewish and have no understanding for the ceremony either. But your photography is gorgeous!!!!

  13. The photos are STUNNING! I’d be right with you and Angie in the kitchen – I couldn’t watch the snip. But these canapes are EVERYTHING – they look perfect and I love how you incorporated the yogurt!

  14. So elegant! Perfect for Mother’s Day!

  15. I’m 99.9% sure that you’d have to hid these canapes if I came over or you’d end up with nothing left to serve the rest of your guests! I’m a bit of a salmon hoarder! 😀

  16. I have to try these! SO many great recipes on this site. One of my new favs!

  17. Craving a couple of these canapes right now.. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with the combination of smoked salmon, chives and cream cheese!

  18. Oh man, smoked salmon and cream cheese! Does it get any better? I’m madly in love with your canapes!! Makes me want to have brunch for every meal 🙂

  19. Love your post. Love your recipe, smoked salmon canapes with whipped chive cream cheese. The perfect combination of smoked salmon and whipped chive cream cheese. Who will not love it? I should make it. Thanks for sharing.

  20. One of the best appetizer I ever made for my Christmas party My family really like it a lot. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
    – Natalie

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