by Stacey on January 20th, 2013
filed under Breakfasts
Happy New Year!
2012 was a rough year in my household. Between sickness, surgery, and school on my part, a crazy work year for The Boy, major house renovations and a health emergency for Whatley, we are glad to be done with 2012.
In our minds, 2013 can only be better! There is always hope for the New Year, always a longing to see what blessings will come forth over the next 12 months. We are looking forward to the experience and the celebrations that have yet to come!
On New Year’s Day, we celebrated the beginning of the year with one of my favorite breakfasts (or dinners!). Smokey sweet salmon paired with creamy and tangy goat cheese and topped with the salty bite of capers. Paired with a Mimosa, the celebration doesn’t get much better. Mmm…
For the mimosa, we used Korbel mini “California Champagne” we had left from the night before. With just the two of us, it is hard to finish a whole bottle of sparkling wine when we each just want a glass and Korbel was all we could find. It was a little too sweet for both of us. Korbel is a California sparkling wine made in the Champagne style. (Trivia: only sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France may be called Champagne. Champagne requires a second fermentation in order to create carbonation. There is a lot more that goes into creating true champagne, though!) Personally, I prefer Prosecco, the Italian version.
Now on to the food! My favorite smoked salmon comes from the Honey Smoked Fish Company (we purchase at Costco) and it is hot smoked, giving it the texture of cooked salmon. Cold smoked salmon has a raw texture, similar to sushi-grade salmon. As I am not a fan of this texture, hot it is! Paired with goat cheese and salty capers, it really is a dream. I also like to drizzle each piece with a touch of (really good) quality olive oil—it gives it a silky texture.
Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Toast
Source: An Original by A Glass a Day…
4 slices good quality bread (I’ve used Asiago, Sourdough, and Grain–pick what you love)
Soft Goat Cheese (such as Belle Chevre’s Original Spreadable Goat Cheese)
1/2 fillet smoked salmon
1/2-1 tablespoon capers, rinsed, dried, and chopped (to taste)
1-2 teaspoons GOOD QUALITY Olive Oil (optional)
Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Toast the bread, ensuring it doesn’t get too hard–you want just a touch of golden brown. Spread goat cheese over bread and top with flaked salmon. Sprinkle capers, olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper over top. Enjoy!
Serves 2 (2 slices per person)