Sunday, January 22, 2012
Smoked Salmon Spread
I've been on a Smoked Salmon kick recently. I usually buy a huge salmon fillet from Costco and freeze portion sizes for a quick easy dinner. I have a Cameron's Stove-Top Smoker and smoked a couple fillets with Alder Chips for this recipe. Don't have a smoker? Did you know you can smoke fish using a Wok and some foil. Genius! I was looking for an appetizer to bring to a party, but didn't want some typical cheese dip. I loved it even more the next morning spread on a bagel for breakfast. It's hard to beat with thinly sliced red onions and capers.
-12 ounces smoked salmon, roughly torn into pieces
-8 ounces light cream cheese
-3 Tbsp light sour cream
-2 Tbsp light mayo
-2 dashes Tabasco sauce
-2 cloves garlic
-1 bunch green onions, chopped
-1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
-juice from 1/2 lemon
-1 tsp horseradish
-1 Tbsp tomato paste
Serve with sliced English cucumber or crackers
If you're going to smoke your own salmon, do that first, following these instructions. Make sure to use a lighter flavored wood chips such as alder or cherry. Just squeeze a little lemon juice over the fillets and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I smoked about 2-2.5 fillets.
Roughly tear the salmon into pieces and put the salmon in the food processor. Chop the 1 bunch of green onions and add to the food processor as well.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the salmon, add the block of softened cream cheese, 3 Tbsp light sour cream, 2 Tbsp light mayo, 2 dashes Tabasco sauce, 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 tsp Worcestershire, 2 cloves chopped garlic, and 1 tsp horseradish sauce.
Blend in the food processor until well combined.
Spoon the spread into a small bowl and garnish with extra chopped green onions and a little squeeze of lemon juice. I served the spread with sliced cucumbers, just make sure not to slice too thin or they will be wobbly for the spread. Almond Thins is also a great match. Enjoy the spread at room temperature and store any leftovers in the fridge to spread on a bagel for a fancy at-home breakfast!