Good Recipe for a Fish-Based Appetizer?

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Q: I'm currently putting together this year's Christmas menu, and I still need a starter. I want to make something with fish — only fish, no scampi, scallops or the like since my mum is allergic. I'm looking for something other than the good old smoked-salmon-something, too.

Can you point me in the direction of some elegant, and perhaps a little special recipes?

Sent by Heidi

Editor: Heidi, this may be too close to smoked salmon, but personally I love smoked trout — it's really crowd-pleasing and delicious. Try one of these recipes:

Smoked Trout, Crème Fraîche & Pickled Onion at Epicurious (pictured above)
Smoked Trout and Watercress on Tart Apple Slices at Epicurious

Readers, what else would you recommend?

Related: Gallery: Holiday Appetizers from The Kitchn

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.