Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups – A Festive Party Appetizer

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These Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups are the ideal party appetizer at festive gatherings and make great hors d’oeuvres for dinner or brunch. Created in just 20 minutes using cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, and crunchy crackers to serve, your guests are sure to love them!

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

These smoked salmon cream cheese cups are an elegant and festive appetizer that is perfect for holiday parties.

They’re easy to make, simple to transport, and hard not to love. The best part? You can make them ahead of time which means you’ll be able to enjoy your party as much as the guests!





Depending on the type of event you are catering for, you can make this appetizer in different size cups.

Shown in our photos are 5-oz cups that are a little more substantial and make a great pre-dinner appetizer or starter.

For a party, why not use 3-oz cups, which will yield more from this recipe (which is pretty easy to scale up as required).

You could even serve small bites of the smoked salmon and cream cheese on tasting spoons for an elegant cocktail party.


The Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays! You can check out Create the Holidays from 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013 and 2012  for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups

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Recipe Tips

  • For planning purposes, suggest one cup per guest when using the larger 5-oz. appetizer cups as shown. If desired, smaller 2 or 3-oz. cups or decorative tasting spoons would also work well with this recipe to increase the yield.

How Do I Make Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups Recipe

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups are the ideal party appetizer at festive gatherings and make great hors d'oeuvres for dinner or brunch

Ingredients

  • 16 oz (450g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup heavy cream (double cream)
  • 3 oz smoked salmon, chopped
  • ¼ cup capers, well drained
  • Chives, for garish
  • Crackers, to serve

Instructions

  1. Add the cream cheese and heavy cream to a large bowl and beat for 2-3 minutes with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Scoop the whipped cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe cream cheese into the bottom of each cup until about ¼ full, being sure to fill in the corners. Then add a layer of the chopped smoked salmon and one teaspoon of the drained capers.
  3. Repeat this process one more time and then conclude with a final layer of whipped cream cheese and one teaspoon of capers on top. Garnish each cup with a couple chives and serve immediately with crackers. Enjoy!

    Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cups Recipe
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 586Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 1374mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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