November 22, 2016

Smoked Trout and Black Garlic Open-faced Sandwiches

Ingredients:
500 gram loaf European style sliced pumpernickle
1 7-oz container Finlandia Creamy Gourmet Cheese Black Garlic
8 oz smoked trout, cut into 2 inch wide pieces
1/2 English cucumber, sliced thinly
1/2 red onion, halved and sliced thinly
1 7-oz container Finlandia Creamy Gourmet Cheese Black Garlic

Directions:
Spread a thick layer of Finlandia Creamy Gourmet Cheese Black Garlic on each slice of pumpernickel. Top with smoked trout then top with cucumber and onion slices. Slice the bread in half, if needed, for easy serving.


My thoughts:
Each year my husband and I make the rounds to as many of the Scandaivian holiday bazaars we can. We've been to Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Icelandic (this year we went to the Danish and Icelandic festivals back to back in the same day!) and this year we are hoping to finally make it to the Norwegian bazaar. I love Scandinavian food and these bazaars are the best place to not only try it but to bring back some of the foods to have at home. Luckily there are quite a few to choose from in the DC/Northern Virgina area which is a bit of a drive for us but worth it! One thing each of the fairs have in common are open-faced sandwiches. I liked them so much, I've taken to making them at home. So when I was asked to create a new recipe using Finlandia Creamy Gourmet Cheese and I happened to have some pumpernickel at home, I knew what I had to make! I love anything with black garlic so chosing that flavor was a snap. It is super creamy and spreadable so it was a great base for a sandwich piled high with toppings. It had a light black garlic flavor which was the perfect foil for the smoky, slightly oily fish. The onion and cucumber cut the richness just the right amount. I should have known Finlandia – making cheese and butter in Finland for over 100 years-would have a great spreadable cheese for an open-faced sandwich! Of course, I think it would be great on anything, I had it on pita crisps as a snack and even stirred it into pasta.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Finlandia™ . The opinions and text are all mine.


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