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We are united by a love for appetizing food.”

Edward Espe Brown

And In light of 2020 and feeling  hope that all beings may be happy, healthy and free from suffering, I suggest we invite friends, family, neighbors, colleagues for a tapas only party.  Tapas on the buffet or the patio or  the campfire or the kitchen table, on the floor, in a box, with a fox.

A sensational tapa arrived in my in-box that I will share with you. Thank you for the recipe. and see my riff of Smoked Salmon, Spicy Beer Mustard Crostini.

Spicy Beer Mustard Sauce, Smoked Salmon Crostini


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Smoked Salmon, Spicy Beer Mustard Crostini

Smoked Salmon and Spicy Beer Mustard Crostini happily takes the center piece of the tapas table because it looks colorful, hearty and delicious, and it is! Add a bowl of olives and pickles and call it enough or go for summer sausage, etc. Keep it simple, I think.
Feel free to half or quarter the recipe depending on the number of guests. I make it 2 hours before the guests arrive and serve the crostini at room temperature.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes

What You'll Need:

  • 1 baguette sour dough or French slice a fresh baguette in 3/4 inch slices
  • 1 lb. smoked salmon
  • ¼ cup dill finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chives finely chopped
  • ¼ cup capers sliced in half
  • ¼ cup caviar
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 1 Tb. Spicy Beer Mustard
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup butter or olive oil
  • 1 squeeze container sour cream

How To Prepare:

Preparing the crostini

  • slice baguette into 3/4 inch slices
  • spread butter or olive oil on top and bottom of each slice
  • heat a heavy stainless steel skillet or black iron skillet to medium heat and toast the crostini on both top and flip to toast the underside, toast to a light caramel color. Watch the process with care because quickly they can get too dark
  • cool on a sheet pan

Spicy Beer Mustard Sauce

  • Combine Spicy Beer Mustard, salt, cream cheese and mayonnaise and mix well

Herbal toppings

  • select one or all of the toppings: dill, chives, capers, caviar - If you acquire caviar, forget the chives, dill and capers. Let the caviar glow in the spotlight.
  • finely chop the dill and the chives, keep separate
  • slice the capers in half
  • caviar is sensational but optional


  • spread the dressing on each crostini
  • add generous amount of smoked salmon to each crostini
  • top with a squeeze of sour cream or several dots of sour cream
  • choose the toppings or toppings you prefer, then top each crostini with either dill, chives, capers, or caviar

Fritz’s Meats

Please see one of Central Nebraska’s most popular businesses – Fritz’s Meats in Holdrege, NE, a family owned business.

Fritz’s Meats

  Customers travel hundreds of miles to buy Fritz’s meats, fish, poultry, sausages,brats, sauces, Village Piemaker Pies, Spicy Beer Mustard and Buzz Savories Honey Mustard,  and more fine foods.  When Central Nebraska people gather, they usually  begin their planning at Fritz’s

Thank all of you for reading and commenting and placing Buzz Savories mustards on your condiment shelf.  I appreciate you and feel loads of gratitude for the challenge that starting a food business offers me and for the pleasure of communicating with many of you, Mustard Mavens.

I will be away from the newsletter site for most of January to launch a new product – Buzz Savories Honey!  And write a USDA grant to better tell the story and perfect “HA” – I mean develop a credible business plan!

See and hear from you in 2020.  Betty Anne