Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Scrumptious smoked salmon and cream cheese spread

I love bagels with cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon), as you may order in many Jewish delis in the US. Slicing a fillet of smoked salmon in very thin slices demands patience and a very sharp knife. A smoked salmon and cream cheese spread is an easy and delicious alternative!

It is the easiest thing in the world to make, if you have a blender in your house. I used a small handy one connected to my hand mixer to wizz up a small quantity.

This is a kind of spread where you may just improvise / experiment with what you like. The taste of the salt salmon will get milder when mixed with a creamy cheese. A good idea is to add sweetness. Ketchup provides colour as well as balance.

If you use plain cream cheese, you may flavour it with you favourite herbs. Dillweed is great to fish.

I took around 150 grams / 5 oz cream cheese. For cheese; pick what variety you want. I used Philadelphia cheese with chives. Then I just used 50 (2 oz) grams of smoked salmon and 2 tsp ketchup of sweet chili sauce for more balance.

I then just blended it all until it was completely smooth. If you want, you can mix in more diced smoked salmon for more taste.

Keep refrigerated.

Photo: National Institutes of Health, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

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