Friday, September 2, 2016

Smoked Salmon Spread

It's Labor Day Weekend!  Yikes, where did the summer go?

The last 3-day weekend of summer usually involves backyard parties and picnics.  This is a great dip for such occasions. It involves no cooking and actually tastes better if you make it a few days early.  I love make-ahead dishes for easing the stress in my life!

The recipe comes from one of Ina Garten's earlier cookbooks Barefoot Contessa Family Style. I made this for our recent RV trip to the Napa Valley and served it with bagel chips. It was a great addition to our nightly wine and appetizer treat!

Smoked Salmon Spread

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, drained
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 pound (4 ounces) smoked salmon, minced

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 crudités or crackers.

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