Thursday, July 24, 2008

Barefoot Blogging...Smoked Salmon Spread

This week's selection for our Barefoot Blogging was chosen by Ashley at The Spicy Skillet and is Smoked Salmon Spread from the Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook.

Okay. I have to admit something here. I've never had smoked salmon before so I was leery of this recipe, but since it includes three things I love, sour cream, cream cheese and dill, I decided to give it a try. Call me epicurious!

Since all of Ina Garten's recipes make enough food to feed a small army or at least a very large dinner party, I decided to half the recipe. And I'm not a fan of horseradish so I reduced the amount even further.

Smoked Salmon Spread

8 ounces cream cheese -- at room temperature (4 oz)
1/2 cup sour cream (1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 tsp)
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill (I love dill! Did not adjust.)
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish -- drained (1/4 tsp)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (1/4 tsp)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (1/8 tsp)
1/4 pound smoked salmon -- (4 ounces) minced (2 oz)


Cream the cheese in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until just smooth. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, dill, horseradish, salt, and pepper, and mix. Add the smoked salmon and mix well. Chill and serve with crudites or crackers. Makes 1 1/2 pints.

First...the amazing smell of smoked salmon. Oh my! My mouth began to water!
I hesitantly tasted just a small sample from the beater. And another. And another. My eyes opened wide and I immediately began thinking of ways to use this. In my mind I could see cherry tomatoes stuffed with this with a little fresh dill for a garnish. Or small new potatoes!

And then I remembered reading on Prudence Pennywise about cucumber towers. You know, I'm still awash in cukes, so it seemed like an ideal combination. And it was! It made a fabulous, light summer meal served with sliced cantaloupe and a roll. And VOILA!


Will I do this again? You betcha! Will I make any changes? Maybe a little less salt and a little more horseradish (Yes I said it, what are you going to do about it?) Movie night is coming up and I may have to throw this into the basket.


Prudy said...

I'm so glad that you used my cucumber tower. You know, it didn't even occur to me. Thank goodness I have creative readers to remind me. I'm glad this recipe was a hit for you!

Esi said...

I can't believe you had never tried smoked salmon, but glad you enjoyed it!

Debinhawaii said...

I love smoked salmon- a few slices on a bagel or toast is yummy. Your spread looks great--glad you enjoyed it!

MileHighBaker said...

Now you've got ME thinking I should try this. DH is not a fan of anything with gills, so it will be small batch here as well. Did kitty just go wild at the smell of the dip? Dairy AND fish! Oh my!

Laura said...

Cute idea to stuff it in the cucumbers. I am glad you tried something new and liked it!

webbie said...

My silly cat wouldn't let me eat in peace. I made some for a work event today and used it to stuff cherry tomatoes and new potatoes.

Natashya said...

What a great idea to put it into cucumbers.
I am glad you found that you liked the salmon, it really is yummy.

Anonymous said...

YAY! I'm so glad to hear you are a smoked salmon convert now! :-) I love your ideas for presentation...perfect for a brunch! Thanks for giving something new a shot.

Anne said...

Those look great! I'm glad you liked the recipe!

Christine said...

I love the cucumber towers! We must live in the same town, I have to travel far for the good stuff. Your dip looks great!