Smoked salmon & roasted red bell pepper tartare

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1/2 lb. smoked salmon (gravlax style), finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. chives, very finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 20 homemade toast points
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Place the two red peppers on a sheet pan covered with foil. Place peppers in an oven and broil, turning regularly, until skin is charred on all sides. Wrap the peppers in the foil and set them aside until cool enough to handle (approx. 20 minutes). Peel the charred skin, then remove the stems and seeds. Finely dice the peppers and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients except for the Parmesan. Stir well, and correct seasoning.

Carefully top each toast point with a generous amount of “tartare”. Sprinkle each one with a little Parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Extra tartare can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator another day or two. Makes 20 hors d’Oeuvres, 2 each for 10 guests.