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2 lovely and festive appetizers!

on 07/01/2011

delightful avocado, cucumber & smoked trout appetizers!

tasty smoked duck appetizers!

I made these tasty & lovely appetizers on Christmas & everybody loved them! Check them out! 🙂

Appetizer 1: This is a mix of cucumber with avocado’s, garlic, lemon juice and dried dill, topped with smoked trout filet pieces, if you serve for vegetarians: don’t add the smoked trout filet.

For about 33 little appetizers


2 ripe Hass avocado’s, cut into 2, pit taken out, with a spoon you can easily spoon out the avocado flesh

1 large cucumber, peeled and seeds taken out, cut into pieces

juice of 1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons (2 x 15 ml ) of a fruity extra virgin olive oil

2 fat cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and finely cut up

finely grinned black pepper

Maldon sea salt flakes, if you don’t have it another good sea salt

100 gr of smoked trout filet

dried dill, at least 1 to 2 level tablespoons

** To serve: Haust little toasts or another good brand or gluten-free mini toasts


1. Take a food processor and place the avocado flesh, the cucumber pieces, the lemon juice, the garlic pieces, the dill, all equally divided in the food processor. Blitz until it all comes together. Scrape the sides of the food processor and blitz again until completely smooth.

2. Now, add a few grinds of black pepper and some Maldon sea salt flakes. Blitz again and check the seasoning. It has to taste fab! It mustn’t taste bad! Add a bit more dried dill or pepper or salt if necessary.

3. Scoop with a spoon into a pot with fitting lid and place into the fridge for at least 1 hour or 2 so that the flavours can blend in.

4. 30 minutes before serving, take the smoked trout filets out of the fridge and out of the plastic package so that the fish can breathe and doesn’t taste of plastic!!! Now you can slice the trout into 33 little pieces, square. See picture above.

5. Take a lovely toast and smear a dollop of the green mix on it and top it with a piece of the smoked trout filet.

If you serve this for vegetarians, you don’t add the smoked fish on top.

This appetizer is also great as a good dip. Place the green appetizer mix in little bowls and give nice Italian grissini with olive oil in them to dip.

Appetizer 2: Italian grissini with olive oil, broken in half and smoked Maigret duck breast filet in slices wrapped around it.

For 36 appetizers:

Italian grissini with olive oil, broken in half and smoked Maigret duck breast filet in slices wrapped around it.


About 18 Italian grissini Torino with olive oil in them, broken into 2/ or gluten-free bread sticks , broken into 2 or home-made/ I prefer them without herbs!

2 packets of smoked duck breast filets in thin slices/ I buy it vacuüm packaged


1. First, thoroughly wash and dry your hands.

2. 30 minutes before serving, take your duck breast filets slices out of the package and lay them on a chopping board. After those 30 minutes, you can easily separate the thin duck slices away from each other with a sharp knife. 3. Take 1 half of the bread stick and wrap the duck slice around the top of the bread stick. Just push the duck breast with your fingertips on, around the top so that it sticks on it.

Serve on a nice plate and enjoy it too with a good Champagne Brut or a good Spanish Cava Brut like Finca Más Macià. This cava brut originates from Catalonia, Spain. 6.99 Euro in Spar shops in Belgium. Great value for money.

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You might like other lovely appetizers on my blog:

1. Beetroot appetizers

2. Wild boar paté served with home-made fig chutney

3. Scottish oak smoked salmon appetizers with wasabi & fresh dill

4. Cheezy ham & pesto appetizers




104 responses to “2 lovely and festive appetizers!

  1. Daily Spud says:

    Hey Sophie, hope you’re happy in your new WordPress home! I love the sound of your appetizers, especially the avocado and smoked trout – I think I could eat all 33 of them 🙂

  2. Sophie I love your new look! One thing, when I visited from Mozilla it didn’t render correctly, the background of beer images covered the entire page.

    Internet Explorer works fine though and the page renders with the white background in the middle of the page.

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks, Tom!

      I just changed my background theme & My beer is just once in the middle of the page & it fixed & doesn’t make any chaos anymore!

  3. You’ll love WordPress. Welcome! 🙂 The avocado and trout combination is a good one. Very refreshing and reminiscent of the summer.

  4. Robin Sue says:

    Great appetizer ideas and the duck one is so simple! Happy New Year to you!

    PS I am a huge fan of Cava, so good!

  5. Sophie33 says:

    Thanks, Robin Sue! Who doesn’t love a good cava or champagne?

  6. Love your new blog, Sophie! Love appetizers!

  7. boeddhamum says:

    Hi Sophie,

    I love the transfer to WordPress, very light and crisp.
    Why did you, can I ask you that, are there advantages?
    And again, have a good gluten free year!!



  8. Sophie, love the new site! Hope you’re happy on WP, I think they’re a wonderful host! 🙂

  9. Patty says:

    Hola Sophie,

    Feliz año nuevo!
    (Thanks for your sweet comment on pattycake – your español es muy bueno!)
    Love the new blog – fresh and clean. 🙂
    Mmmm the smoked trout salad sounds amazing. Trout is one of the few things I miss from up north – but since I can get such wonderful fresh Caribbean seafood I’m not missing it that much. 😉

    Have a healthy delicious happy 2001 amiga!

    xo Patty

  10. Koko says:

    Sophie!! Your new site looks faaaaaaaabulous!! i really like it.

    I also really like these appetizers. Trout is a fish I would really like to try!

  11. clém' says:

    I love your new look and these appetizers look delicious ..
    XoXo, have a good day! =)

  12. Barbara says:

    I love your new site, Sophie!

    And both appetizers are appealing, but I’m really crazy about the grissini! You so often see Prosciutto done this way…I much prefer duck.

  13. Namitha says:

    Congrats on your new domain 🙂 Lovely and yumm appetizers 🙂

  14. Erica says:

    Love the new look of your site!!!!Those appetizers look delicious!

  15. Welcome to wordpress daaaaahling! I love your new home, looks fab 🙂
    *kisses* HH

  16. Juliana says:

    Sophie, I love your new look…the appetizers look awesome, I love finger food 🙂

  17. Paz says:

    Lovely and delicious-looking! Congratulations on your new home! It is very nice here. 😉


  18. Michelle says:

    I love your new blog, Sophie!! Those appetizers look so yummy and it’s not good that I am looking at this now on a hungry stomach! Hope you had a wonderful New Year!! xoxo

  19. Alisa says:

    These look amazing. I love the new look of your blog!

  20. judi says:

    i want to stay subscribed

  21. Much clearer look on your new site sophie and esier to navigate as well. Love these two appetizers, the first one especially with that avocado cream! would be snapped up in a minute!

  22. Margaret says:

    Great new site Sophie. The appetizers are lovely.

  23. junglefrog says:

    Love the look of your new site Sophie! It’s much cleaner and easier to look at I would say. Plus your appetizers look amazing too… 🙂

  24. Christine says:

    Hi Sophie! Happy New Year and new blog site! I love your new look and will put your new address in my reader right now.
    My best to you, Christine

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  26. Cheryl says:

    Sophie, I love your new look and switch to WordPress! Good for you!

  27. Kristen says:

    Absolutely Super!!!
    You’ve done good, now go reward yourself with a beer 😉
    Happy New Year

  28. gattina says:

    Your appetisers surely are the big hit on a party table!

  29. Sophie33 says:

    @ Ellie: thanks!
    @ Buddhamum:I transferred because My rss didn’t updated my feeds. It was a chaos in the writing & editing department too! I wanted a change!
    @ Celia, Patty, Koko, Clémence, Barbara, Namitha, Erica, Heavenly Housewife, Juliana, Michelle, Alisa, Judi, taste of Beirut ( Joumana ), Margret, Simone, Christine, Cheryl, Gattina & Kristen: I am glad that you all love the new site. I haven’t figured out all of it yet but I will!

  30. Natasha says:

    Like the look of your new site Sophie! And I look forward to all your dishes, like these two pretty appetizers!

  31. Louise says:

    Kudos to you Sophie!!! I’ve been contemplating a make over myself. Yours looks GREAT!!! Keep us posted on how its going in the new format.

    As for those appetizers, YUM!!!

    P.S Happy New Year!!!

  32. The last post telling us you had moved did not show up on the my feed, and I thought you were unusually quiet so I smartly thought to check it out. Love the new blog and am so glad to be reconnected to my friend. If I did not have a regular dose of your wonderful recipes, I’d be in trouble.

  33. grace says:

    very nice, sophie–they’re elegant yet easy, simple yet delicious!

  34. theUngourmet says:

    Your new spot is great! I’ve been thinking about switching over. Your appetizer looks terrific as well! I’ve never tried smoked trout this way. How fun…and yummy!

  35. Claudia says:

    Happy new home,Sophie – it’s just lovely. I really like the sound of the avocado with the trout. It’s sort of a healthy guacamole on toast with some savory smoked trout to add a new dimension.

  36. Oh Sophie, your site looks so good! …and so do the appetizers. The smoked trout ad avocado combo sounds delish!

  37. Blond Duck says:

    Congrats on the new blog!

  38. whathappensafter5 says:

    These are adorable!

  39. Hi Sophie!

    What a nice site, lots of hard work too!

    I LOVE appetizers, and want to try yours soon….

    Thank you for for stopping by site for a visit!

    Lisa 😉

  40. Sophie, I love your new look. Very appetizing.

  41. Beth says:

    Your appetizers look great! Yum!

  42. Alissa says:

    Wow so simple, yet so yummy looking! I can’t wait to try these out!

  43. love appetizers, especially anything with avocado. I can eat avocados straight up 🙂

    Happy belated New Year to you too!

  44. Such a clever idea wrapping grissini in duck breast! I’ve seen it done with prosciutto but duck breast would be so lovely too! 🙂

  45. Beautiful new home you’ve got here, love the new look. Lovely appetisers too, what a great idea.

  46. Sophie33 says:

    @ Louise, Claudia, Natasha, Oyster Culture, the Ungourmet, Grace, Sommer, The Blond Duck: thanks! Enjoy!

    @ What happens after 5: Welcome to my blog & do enjoy those appetizers!

    @ Lisa, Sam, Beth, Alissa, Olga: thanks!

    @ 2 Australian friends( Lorraine and Anna ): Yes , it has been a long time, my friends but I haven(t visited you lately because I had to study for my Spanish exam but I can tell you that I had
    74 %!!! Enjoy those tasty appetizers, girls!

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    Very creative and elegant!

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