Monday, August 1, 2016

Smoked Salmon Spread Platter






     Smoked Salmon!
     Some people refer to today's appetizer as Smoked Salmon Pâté, but there really is no such thing as a spreadable pâté.  There also is no such thing as a pâté that requires cream cheese.  Today's appetizer cannot be called a mousse either, because it is not airy and light.  Smoked Salmon flavored Cream Cheese may just be a simple spread, but the elegant flavor is very appealing.
     Smoked Salmon Spread is easy to make and it is a real crowd pleaser.  The comfortable flavors are easy to identify, so guests do not hesitate to give this appetizer a try.  Smoked Salmon Spread can be presented any number of ways when served as canapés or hors d'oeuvres.  
     Smoked Salmon Spread can also be served as a fancy appetizer platter for 1 or 2 guests.  Yacht clubs often offer a Smoked Salmon Spread Platter as a light lunch item or appetizer.  Many English pubs have a Smoked Salmon Spread Platter on the appetizer menu too.               
     Salmon that is cold smoked is best for this recipe.  Salmon that is cold smoked is somewhat soft, like raw salmon, so it is easy to puree together with the cream cheese.  The rich flavor of cold smoked salmon does not need to be complicated with herbs or spices.
     American Neufchatel Cheese is a good choice for today's recipe, because it has a much lower fat content than Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  American Neufchatel is smooth and spreadable.
     American Neufchatel was originally the result of a failed attempt to reproduce French Neufchatel.  The creator of American Neufchatel liked the outcome of the cheese making experiment and named the soft light cream cheese "Neufchatel" anyway.  This causes many European cheese mongers to shake their head in disgust, because the real French Neufchatel is nothing like the American version.  Authentic French Normandy region Neufchatel Cheese has a somewhat crumbly texture, so it will not work as a spread.  
     
     Smoked Salmon Spread:
     This recipe yields 8 ounces.  (2 appetizer portions)  
     A food processor is best for this recipe.
     Step 1:  Place 4 ounces of Cold Smoked Cured Salmon in a food processor.
     Puree the salmon till it is smooth.
     Step 2:  Add 4 ounces of softened American style Neufchatel Cheese.
     Blend till the ingredients are thoroughly combined and smooth.
     Step 3:  Place the Smoked Salmon Spread in a container and chill to 41ºF.
     
     Smoked Salmon Spread Platter:
     This recipe yields 1 portion.
     Step 1:  Place the Smoked Salmon Spread into a star tipped pastry bag.
     Pipe about 4 ounces of the Smoked Salmon Spread into a small ramekin.
     Place the ramekin of smoked salmon spread on top of a few baby mixed lettuce leaves on a plate.
     Step 2:  Garnish the salmon spread with a lime slice curl and a scallion floret garnish.
     Step 3:  Garnish the plate with petite portions of:
     - finely chopped hard boiled egg
     - capers
     - finely diced tomato
     - finely diced onion
     Step 4:  Cut a mini baguette into thin slices.
     Lightly brush each slice with melted unsalted butter.
     Heat a griddle over medium/medium low heat.
     Grill the bread slices till they are lightly toasted.
     Place the petite crostini slices on the border of the plate.

     This is a tasty casual afternoon appetizer platter!

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