Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche #ProgressiveEats

This elegant platter of smoked salmon roses is perfect for any upcoming holiday breakfast, brunch or cocktail party. Healthy, low carb and, most importantly, scrumptious!

Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche

An Elegant Smoked Salmon Presentation

You will nearly always find smoked salmon in my fridge. But I only do these fancy, schmancy roses when I have girlfriends over for breakfast or brunch. For a full fledged party, I go whole hog and serve these smoked salmon roses with endive and creme fraiche for a truly sophisticated presentation. When I hosted a coffee recently, one of my friends decided this was something she could do (and you could, too!). I showed her my stash of salmon and explained how I cut each piece lengthwise and rolled them into spirals. She’s definitely capable of creating a smoked salmon platter for her guests. This is also a terrific low-carb appetizer for a cocktail party. It’s certainly one platter I’d gravitate towards when sipping on a chilled glass of wine.

Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche

Our Progressive Eats Cocktail Party

I often provide baguette slices or mini bagels for those who want a more substantial nibble. Feel free to use softened cream cheese instead of creme fraiche if it’s easier for you to locate…that’s what I did for years. For this month’s Progressive Eats, an on-line progressive dinner party, I was to share an appetizer. I typically grab some puff pastry, wrap some brie or make some pesto palmiers. But for this pre-Halloween gathering, I thought some healthy fare was in order. You’ll want to check out all the terrific cocktails, appetizers and dessert bites created especially for this bash. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for your next party.

Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche

Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche


  • 2-3 small packages thinly sliced smoked salmon (I used Norwegian)
  • 8 ounces creme fraiche
  • 2-3 heads endive, I used California Endive*
  • 1/4 small red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons capers


  1. Cut strips of salmon lengthwise and roll into rosettes. Place in center of round serving platter. Surround salmon with leaves of endive…like petals of a sunflower. Using a one teaspoon cookie disher or measuring spoon, scoop out rounds of cream cheese and place on endive leaves. Sprinkle arrangement with diced onion and capers. Serve with bagels or sliced baguettes.

Yield: 8-10 servings

    Total time: 15 minutes


      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per Serving As Served
      Calories 554kcal Calories from fat 433
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 48g 74%
      Saturated Fat 27g 135%
      Cholesterol 134mg 45%
      Sodium 990mg 41%
      Carbohydrate 14g 5%
      Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
      Sugars 7g
      Protein 19g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Calories 2000
      Total Fat Less than 65g
      Sat Fat Less than 25g
      Cholesterol Less than 300mg
      Sodium Less than 2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate 300g
      Dietary Fiber 25g
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      Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

      We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

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      Here are this month’s splendid recipes:




      Progressive Eats*Note: I used California Endive in this recipe, a quality brand that is always top notch.




      1. I love the look of these and they’re also some of my favourite ingredients! And yes, it looks very friendly to make to, especially if a second round is called for. Yes, I can see a boat of this and a baguette slice in one hand and an ice cold champs in the other. And it looks so pretty too. Wonderful!! The other recipes on the dinner party list sounds amazing also! Yum. 🙂

      2. These roses really fancy.. Elegant and yummy!

      3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

        How fun! This is a gorgeous presentation Liz:@)

      4. This is such a gorgeous platter! I love the salmon roses with endives – this would be definitely be the star at any holiday party 🙂 <3 it !

      5. This is gorgeous!! It would put any of my appetizer plates to shame.

      6. What a beautiful presentation Liz – I just love it! We’re hosting a book signing party in a few weeks and I know this would be a hit!

      7. So easy to prepare but such pop in the presentation! Just lovely, Liz. It reminds me of a big sunflower. I also adore that you finished it off with capers! YUM!!!

      8. I’ve been having trouble with my comments going through and wanted to stop back by to let you know that I loved the pretty presentation of your smoked salmon dish.

      9. Christie - Food Done Light says:

        What a beautiful and inventive presentation for smoked salmon and endive. I’ve got to put this on my must make list for our Christmas Party.

      10. Liz!!! oh my goodness!!! I LOVE this!!! so stunning and beautiful . . and delicious!! My dad loves smoked salmon. . I’m going to have to make this as an app for Thanksgiving!!! love and soooo pretty!!!

      11. Liz, this is absolutely gorgeous! What a perfect presentation!!!! I love smoked salmon, and want to do this for a party now 🙂

      12. Elegant, gorgeous, delicious! Need I say more?

      13. This looks gorgeous! Perfect for an elegant evening with wine!

      14. oh my gosh it could not be prettier and I love the cream fraiche with it! Awesome

      15. simply delicious with absolutely elegant presentation!!!

      16. Delish, perfect for brunch and this is just gorgeous…like a sun.

      17. Elegant is the word! So pretty too!!

      18. So chic Liz ! Love the presentation, is a great idea ! It’s a nice idea for Christmas time 😉

      19. Your appetizer display is absolutely lovely!

      20. That’s the most attractive plate of delicious food. I like that you serve the bread alongside.

      21. Hi Liz, what a fabulous appetizer, it’s beautiful and delicious!

      22. Elegant as always, Liz. <3

      23. Liz, that is so beautiful, and healthy too.

      24. Beautifully done! Love how decorative this is!

      25. Hotly Spiced says:

        That is so beautiful, Liz. It’s just gorgeous. I love your salmon roses and the endive leaves are a great way to serve the salmon. This entire platter would be such a scene-stealer. Not only that, the flavours are a winning combination – creme fraiche, salmon and capers work so well together xx

      26. Mary Hirsch says:

        This definitely merits a comment and way-to-go,Liz – high-five. I am wondering if I can so this or would I do it and it would look amateurish (Is that a word?) The ingredients are simple enough to buy and, you’re right, much of it is already in my fridge. Maybe when the holidays get closer, I will visit this Post again and try to copy this beautiful looking food platter.

      27. Sooo pretty, Liz. Lovely for a special occasion. (Endive is super duper expensive but oh, so very elegant.)

      28. How very beautiful, Liz! Well done. I wish I liked endives.

      29. What an elegantly beautiful presentation of a delicious appetizer!

      30. Lizzy,
        This dish looks so pretty. I’ve never had smoked salmon but this would certainly tempt me.

      31. Liz, not only are you incredibly elegant, chic and stylish but your appetizer trays are too! This is just gorgeous! I need to take some party planning tips from you – I’d have just ripped the plastic wrap off my smoked salmon and forced my guests to try ‘n peel the pieces apart by themselves 😉 This looks beautiful and delicious!

      32. What an elegant dish… beautifully done by an elegant lady. 🙂

      33. Elegant is putting it mildly Liz!

      34. The rosettes are so pretty! I love smoked salmon, and I would make a beeline to this platter at a cocktail party.

      35. Hey Liz, I made this too in 2013 for my party when I stumbled upon the pretty photo while I was googling for ideas. Don’t recall the link, but I used Philidelphia Cheese instead. Yours looks real nice too!


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