Japanese Eel Canapés with Horseradish Crème Fraîche
- SERVINGS: Makes 40 hors d'oeuvres
The eel called for in these unusual canapés is available at Japanese markets. This recipe is also delicious made with smoked salmon or smoked trout.
- 2 tablespoons well-drained prepared horseradish
- 1 cup crème fraîche
- 1 loaf of Gingerbread
- 14 ounces Japanese seasoned broiled eel or 1/4 -inch-thick slices of smoked salmon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/4 cup snipped chives
- 1 small bunch chervil
- In a small bowl, stir the horseradish into the crème fraîche and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
- Preheat the broiler. Cut the loaf of gingerbread into twenty 1/4 -inch-thick slices and halve each slice. Arrange the slices on 2 large baking sheets and broil, 1 pan at a time, for about 25 seconds to crisp the gingerbread edges. Let cool.
- Cut the fish into forty 3/4 -inch-wide diagonal strips. Arrange the strips on a baking sheet and brush with the soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until crisp.
- Lightly brush the gingerbread with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Top each piece with 1/2 teaspoon of the horseradish cream and a piece of broiled fish. Garnish with a dab of horseradish cream, a sprinkling of red onion and chives and a small chervil sprig.