Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Beggar's Purse

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Beggar's Purse

8 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 63% would make again

Ready in 40 minutes

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Beggar''s Purse...This is a cute appetizer or tea sandwich alternative. What I really like about these bundles, is that you can use whatever filling you like. I chose to make mine with smoked salmon, cream cheese, green onion and capers. You can also make a sour cream and caviar filling, feta basil filling, a sundried tomato filling, sour cream/yoghurt cucumber filling,ham and cheese filling, mushroom filling, egg salad get the idea:). It is fun to experiment with ingredients that you like and have on hand. I''ve even seen these bundles filled with crab /shrimp filling, steak/mushroom filling. So, really the possibilities are endless. I have to admit that these bundles are traditionally tied with chives...a more elegant approach. But, I didn''t have any on hand and used regular green onion. But, if you have chives use that instead.You can place the bundles on a variety of suited with the fillings. Try some creme fraiche seasoned with fresh herbs.


10 crepes
10 green chive leaves
5 tbsp smoked salmon; chopped
5 tbsp cream cheese; softened
1 green onions/chives; (up to 2)
1 Salt
Bottom sauce: amounts are approximate
0.5 cup whipped cream; soft peak
2 tbsp sour cream
1 tsp dill; (up to 2 tsp)
salt/pepper; to taste
chives/green onions
Crepe batter:
1 cup milk
0.25 cup Water
2 Eggs
1 cup Flour
0.5 tsp kosher salt
3 tbsp butter; melted
extra butter; for brushing the skillet in between

Original recipe makes 10 Servings



Mix all filling ingredients. Set aside.

Make Bottom sauce by mixing the ingredients. You can use cream cheese instead of the whipped cream. Just bring the cream cheese to room temp and then whip it up. Fold in some sour cream to make it a thinner consistency. Add herbs/seasoning. Set aside. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and dip the chives in the water for about 5 seconds. Take off heat. Remove chives and place under cold water. Reserve chives on paper towels.

Make crepes: You can also use your own favorite crepe recipe.

In a bowl, whisk the first 5 ingredients of the crepe batter until smooth. Add the melted butter. I use a small 8 inch skillet to do my crepes. Heat skillet on medium heat initially... lower the heat as you continue to cook crepes so that they won't burn or over brown on you.

Using a pastry brush, dip into melted butter, and lightly brush the heated pan. Add about 1/4 cup crepe batter (you may need to adjust this amount if you are using a larger skillet). I usually like to place my batter in a liquid measuring cup, so that I can pour the batter in the skillet. You can, likewise, use a ladle. Swirl the pan immediately so that the batter fills the pan and forms a nice circle. If you notice that the first crepe is too thick, add about 2 TBS or so of milk/water to all the crepe batter to thin it out a bit. Cook the next crepe. Let the crepe cook about 1 minute or so. You will notice that the top will look and feel dry. Flip over and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

Cook the remainder of the batter. You may need to whisk the batter every so often before pouring it in the skillet. You may want to brush the skillet lightly with melted butter every so often. Let the crepes cool. Assemble the beggar's purse. Take a few crèpes out and place about 1 tablespoon of filing in the center of each one. I like to keep the nicer side of the crepe on the outside (the darker spots on the inside... with the filling). Pull the edges of the crèpe toward the center until they meet. You sort of gather the edges and make pleats. You'll have a ruffle at the top. Tie a reserved chive around the top and make sure the purse is tightly secured. Continue making beggar's purses in the same manner. I only made 10 bundles (half the crepe recipe).

If serving as an appetizer:

Put about a tablespoon of the bottom sauce on a plate and place a bundle on top. Sprinkle with some chopped chives/green onions and capers. Serve.

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Loved it! Not only does it look beautiful but it tastes good and uses minimal ingredients. I made mine with cream cheese, canned salmon, TBSP dried basil and a heaping teaspoon of garlic.
Healthymommy 3y ago

The filling was to heavy and rich
Laurencookie 3y ago

Excellent and great presentation.
stevemur 4y ago

Forgot to post a comment after I made this a little bit back so I just had to say this recipe help me finally beat my sister in law at an appetizer!!! Looks great on the table and tastes even better!!!! Thank you youvery muck!!!!!
Sinfulsaint07 5y ago

AWW...guitarmom you are too kind! Thanks...
ellie36 6y ago

Also, the amount of filling was about 1 TBS per bundle, for 10 crepes. The crepe recipe makes a bit more. You can cut the recipe in half and you should get about 10 bundles. I chose to use a 1:1 ratio smoked salmon to cream cheese. Also, you can add some herbs to the crepe batter to make it even more unique. [I posted this recipe.]
ellie36 6y ago

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