Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and it is time to plan those New Years Eve parties!

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

This year, like every year, I will spend the evening with my family before returning home to ring in the new year with my husband and dogs.  It is our little tradition.  My mom serves the traditional NYE line up – cabbage, black eyed peas, and all sorts of yummy nibbles.  When we get home I like to have a few more munchies to help soak up the champagne.  This year my midnight munchies are elegant and delicious.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

Two years ago I had my first taste of cold smoked salmon and I have never been the same.  The glistening coral color of the salmon is bewitching to me, and I love to find new ways to use it.  This time I decided to make rich, yet light, cream cheese pancakes flavored with chopped chives for an herbal freshness.  Lightly dolloped on the pancakes is a horseradish sour cream sauce.  It serves to hold the salmon in place, and it adds some tangy heat.  Last, I garnish with a more freshly chopped chives.  Heaven, or bliss, are the best ways to describe these.  Easy also works, since the pancakes can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to a day, along with the sauce.  Champagne is all you need to go with these.  Happy New Year!

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon    Serves   10 to 12

For the pancakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
1 ounce cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
8 ounces cold smoked salmon
Freshly chopped chives, for garnish

For the sour cream sauce:
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon horseradish
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Begin by making the pancakes.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and chives.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

In a small bowl cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add the egg and whisk until completely incorporated.  Whisk in the milk.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until just incorporated and no large lumps remain.  Do not over-mix.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Spray lightly with non-stick spray then scoop the batter by the tablespoon into the pan.  Cook for one minute on the first side, flip, then cook for an additional thirty seconds, or until the cakes are golden brown and spring back when gently pressed in the center.  Remove to a plate to cool while you prepare the rest.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

While the cakes cool prepare the sour cream sauce by adding the sour cream, horseradish and salt to a small bowl.  Whisk to combine then let stand ten minutes.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

To prepare, spoon a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of the sauce onto the center of the cakes.  Top with a piece of the salmon.  Garnish with the chives.  These can be assembled up to one hour in advance.  Serve at room temperature.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon


Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

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Author: Kelly

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet

    These are so cute! I would love to serve them on new year’s!

  • Jim Mosier

    If you like cold smoked salmon, wait until you can find candy. Very rare salmon portion.

  • rebecca

    wow these pancakes look amazing

  • Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox

    Beautiful! So vibrant!

  • Kate @

    The first time I had cold smoked salmon was on a transatlantic flight – believe it or not, it was the best thing I had ever tasted! Yes, it was airplane food, but they did a pretty good job with it. Since then salmon has been my favorite fish. So this little gem of yours is right up my alley – looks beautiful!

  • Victoria

    Happy New Year! These look fantastic! I’m a huge smoked salmon fan too, and these are seriously elegant bites :)

  • Jun

    So beautiful! And I bet it’s really delicious!

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  • Ilke

    Very nice presentation! I was hesitant to try smoked salmon at first too, then it all changed.
    I will definitely try for New Year’s party. I bet I can combine the pancakes with other topping too, so it will be a good base this year! Thanks!

  • Grace

    So elegant, perfect with champagne. The flavour combination sounds amazing!

  • Amy Baked Everything

    Gorgeous! And they sound pretty much to die for!

  • kateiscooking

    Totally elegant. I love how everything else plays so well with the salmon. We’ve got some interesting salmon hors d’oeuvres on the menu for NYE and I think I’ll make these along with the others.

  • JenniferA (Bread and Putter)

    Beautiful! The pancakes are so cute and fluffy.

  • Barbara | VinoLuciStyle

    Great flavor combinations for smoked salmon Kelly. I would even do them for breakfast!

  • Carolyn Jung

    Wow, I want to be at your house at midnight! These look so divine, and teeny pancakes are the fluffiest I’ve seen. Happy New Year! 😉

  • Joy

    This is a great app. I may try it this year for NYE

  • Felicia (a taste of health with balance

    what a great idea! usually i just put salmon on toast, but this looks so much better !

  • Alison

    These look unbelievable.

  • Peggy

    These are adorable! I’m sure they’d be a hit at any party!

  • Leela

    Great recipe and brilliant photographs! I feel like I could reach into the computer screen and make these beautiful things disappear into my tummy, one by one by one by one …

  • Cindy

    I can eat at least 20 of these at once!
    So good!
    Btw, Happy New Year!

  • Chef Dennis

    Wow..what a great presentation!! I can just imagine how tasty those little treats were!
    Congrats on the top 9 and wishing you and your family a healthy and happy new year!

  • Christina

    These look fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  • Janice

    ooh and I have some smoked salmon in the fridge. These sound perfect. Thanks.

  • Jason Phelps

    What a great combo. We have the smoked salmon on hand but we are planning a trip to a coop market in a little while to be inspired for our NYE eating. A variation of these is starting to develop in my head. Much thanks.

    Happy New Year!


  • Priscilla-She’s Cookin’

    I love any smoked salmon appetizer, but on a fluffy mini pancake? Amazing!

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  • Mei Teng

    Super delicious looking. I love salmon – raw and smoked. Beautiful food photo.

  • Annette Mary

    My lord these look lovely and like something I could devour. I really have to try these.

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  • shannon

    great recipe. These cream cheese pancakes look wonderful!!!

  • Cookin’ Canuck

    Kelly, these are absolutely beautiful! I am tempted to make these for an afternoon of snacking at our house.

  • Jennifer @ Savory Simple

    These look delicious! I ordered a bunch of good quality smoked salmon online a few days ago. I am so making this.


    These are RUKIN spectacular!

  • Liz

    Another one like this is with bagels, capers, salmon, and cream cheese. So yummy!

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