Smooth and creamy smoked salmon dip makes an excellent appetizer for holiday entertaining.
Smoked Salmon Dip
by Sue Lau | Palatabe Pastime
We just wound down from the big brouhaha of Autumn: Halloween with the trick-or-treaters. It was a quiet evening, and we enjoyed passing out the goods to the little tykes, who seemed unphased by the ghoul I had hanging on the front porch, perhaps because he was accompanied by innocuous and innocent looking jack-o-lanterns with few teeth.
For ourselves, we pinched a bite or two out of the candy bowl and enjoyed steak sandwiches while watching on old favorite on tv: “The Wolfman”.
And now that November knocks at the door with howling cool breezes and the last of the autumn leaves, we look down the corridor towards Thanksgiving and the holidays. How time flies! Curled up by the first of the winter fires in the hearth, I am already planning ahead for what eats & treats I will be making for the upcoming holiday season, both for dinners and parties. It is going to be a lot of work, but it always leaves me feeling satisfied.
But there are things we can do to cut the amount of work, by opting for simple yet elegant recipes. This smoked salmon dip is one of the ones I like to make, and it goes very well with endive spears, cucumber slices, rye melba toasts and pretzels, among other things. I can have it made in less than fifteen minutes in the food processor, and then it just needs a little time to firm up in the fridge, unless you like it as is, in which case you could serve it right away. I should also mention that besides being a great appie for parties, this makes a wonderful part of a holiday brunch being a very tasty spread for toasted bagels, as an alternative to just plain lox.
I hope this dip is something that saves you a bit of time and effort for the upcoming holiday season, and is one you and your guests quite enjoy.
Smoked Salmon Dip
- 15 minutes prep
- 1 hour chill
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 5 ounces smoked salmon
- 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons grated horseradish
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2-3 drops Tabasco sauce
- 1 tablespoon freeze-dried chives
- Place cream cheese, 4 ounces of the smoked salmon, yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice. horseradish, dill, salt, pepper, paprika and Tabasco sauce in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Chop remaining salmon into little bits and stir into the dip along with the chives.
- Refrigerate for one hour or more.
- Serve with crackers, pretzels and/or crudite.
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
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Great job Sue! I like this kind of preparations especially because I love Greek yogurt sauces and spreads. I love the combination of Greek yogurt sauce with dill and salmon! The photo is awesome!
Looks perfect. I would love some of this dip.
YUM! This has been pinned and printed. I always do the appies on Christmas eve and will be adding this to the list. I love smoked salmon. If I’m lucky, no one else will and I can eat the whole bowl!
I don’t think you’ll have much luck keeping it for yourself! LOL!
I’m sure this would be gone in a flash at a party! Love that it’s easy to make too!
Smoked salmon is always a hit! Love your dip!
I am a huge fan of smoked salmon and your dip looks amazing!!
Nice touch to add the Greek yogurt and I love the kick that horseradish brings, too!