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Smoked Salmon, what to do with it besides sandwiches?

intence Sep 25, 2007 03:39 PM

I'm looking for ideas on what to do with Smoked Salmon besides using on sandwiches, bagels, etc. I have about a pound of it, and my wife doesn't like it at all (although i'm a big fan).

Any ideas on what else I could try?

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    AngelaID Jan 8, 2013 12:56 PM

    And, I absolutely love, this:

    Smoked Salmon Omelette

    smoked salmon
    slightly steamed asparagus
    slightly sauteed mushrooms
    some chopped fresh green onions
    cream cheese

    Cover with Hollandaise Sauce

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      AngelaID Jan 8, 2013 12:54 PM

      Smoked Salmon Fettuccine

      4 Servings

      * 1 tablespoon margarine
      * 2 garlic cloves , minced
      * 1 tablespoon flour
      * 1 ½ cups skim milk
      * 2 tablespoons light cream cheese
      * ¾ cup parmesan cheese
      * 8 ounces smoked salmon
      * 1 lb fettuccine


      Sauté garlic in margarine for 1 minute--do not let it brown.
      Add flour and incorporate completely.
      Add skim milk a little at a time and mix until flour has dissolved.
      Cook on medium heat stirring continuously for 8 minutes.
      Add cream cheese and mix until incorporated.
      Cook for 2 minutes.
      Add parmesan cheese and salmon.
      Cook fettuccine according to directions and drain.
      Combine sauce with fettuccine and serve immediately.

      Thin with a little pasta water if too thick for your taste.

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        DGinDC Jan 8, 2013 08:37 AM

        Similar to other suggestions of using smoked salmon as bacon: stuff halved dates with a bit of cream cheese, a piece of smoked salmon and sliced almonds, then broil. Delicious.

        1. Elster Jan 8, 2013 08:04 AM

          Most alternatives seem to go down the creamy/herby/cream-cheesy/eggy route. I prefer to use mine for its pungency and texture when it's actually cooked in something more intense: make a basic bouillabaisse (impressive for dinner parties, also a terrific way to up your veg intake in one meal)!

          1. Fry up some onions, diced celery, diced carrot and garlic till softened.
          2. Add sliced leeks, fennel, red peppers and cubed potatoes to the pot and stir over a medium heat for 10 mins.
          3. Then add tinned tomatoes, a bay leaf, 2 star anise heads, a few thin slivers of lemon peel and vegetable stock and season to taste.
          3. Simmer gently for about half an hour until the potatoes are cooked through, then add any mixed fish chunks/seafood you like (plus a good helping of smoked salmon) and simmer gently until the fish is just cooked.
          4. Taste and season again if required, then serve with crusty bread (I can never be bothered to make rouille).

          1. HillJ Jan 8, 2013 06:29 AM

            Smoked salmon and asparagus pizza
            Prepare and bake a pizza crust. Cool slightly.
            Spread the baked dough with goat cheese.
            Thinly slice the asparagus with a peeler, parboil to soften a bit and dip in an ice bath. Drain.
            Cut your smoked salmon into pieces.
            Cover both over the goat cheese and some fresh dill
            Slice into trianges and enjoy

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              Puffin3 Jan 8, 2013 07:22 AM

              That sounds delicious. Our annual family/friends pizza party is coming soon. You recipe is on the list! Thanks.
              I pre-bake the crusts also. Makes for crispy thin crusts.

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                HillJ Jan 8, 2013 08:47 AM

                Sometimes I rub the just out of the oven crust with some walnut oil too (forgot to mention that) and the dill sprigs adhere better.

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              Puffin3 Jan 8, 2013 05:57 AM

              Linguini with a thin white sauce with a drop of truffle oil and fresh lemon juice drizzled topped with the smoked salmon.
              This is still all my kids favorite dish I made for them when they were little ones. They still ask for it. The truffle oil is a new addition.

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                Mother of four Sep 27, 2007 05:05 PM

                Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) has a wonderful recipe for a smoked salmon spread. Go to Foodnetwork.com. I love scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Good in pasta too.

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                  davebough Sep 27, 2007 07:21 AM

                  Buy a box of crackers and take it to the neighborhood bar. The regulars will all become your best friends.

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                  1. re: davebough
                    whs Sep 27, 2007 03:46 PM

                    Herbfarm cookbook has a recipe for smoked salmon benedict with sorrel sauce.

                  2. BigSteve Sep 27, 2007 05:23 AM

                    I caught the tail end of an Emeril episode the other day - he made a smoked salmon quiche on a hash brown crust. I know real men don't eat quiche...but it looked good.

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                      Fleur Sep 27, 2007 03:19 PM

                      Real men do eat Quiche, especially Smoked Salmon Quiche, when it is really well made.

                      I make this a few times a year..great for Dinner Parties, or a simple Dinner, served with a Green Salad..

                      Use a simple Pate Brisee recipe. I make mine in the Cuisinart. Place in Fridge for a few hours or overnight.

                      Roll it out into a circle large enough to fit into a regular Quiche Pan with removable bottom. Drop rolled out crust into pan, allowing the edges to hang over. Take your rolling pin and roll it across the top, cutting off the crust level with the sides of the pan.

                      Use any standard Quiche Lorraine recipe, for the size oif your pan, substituting Smoked Salmon for the Ham or Bacon. I add a little snipped Fresh Dill.

                      This is delicious hot, or at room temp.

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                        sunshine842 Jan 8, 2013 07:43 AM


                        I make mine with spinach, but delicious either way.

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                      Fleur Sep 26, 2007 11:45 PM

                      Slice it paper thin, Italian style. Arrange slices on a plate. Drizze with an outstanding EVOO. I like to use Oliviers & Co EVOO pressed with Lemon. Serve with a good firm thinly sliced bread.

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                        yankeefan Sep 26, 2007 07:25 AM

                        Pizza loaded with cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers.
                        money in the bank.

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                        1. re: yankeefan
                          steakman55 Sep 26, 2007 04:07 PM

                          I'm not calling this "sandwiches" but more of the classic appetizer: I arrange the salmon on a large platter so it is not cold, and then take thinly sliced pumpernickel bread and bake it slowly until it crisps. Around the salmon I arrange the following:
                          lemon wedges, finely chopped red onion, small capers, and ---this really makes it sing --- horseradish. Some folks also add chopped hard boiled egg. I have found that the only beverage that really accompanies this is a nice Scotch on the rocks. I understand that vodka from the freezer or perhaps champagne might work, but the smoked salmon gives wine an off taste to me when they are paired.

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                          ginnyhw Sep 26, 2007 07:17 AM

                          Whenever I get down to New York for the weekend I always have eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of canadian bacon. I wish it would catch on in Boston.

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                            lexpatti Sep 26, 2007 01:56 PM

                            Right on!!! I've had that somewhere here in New England - Fantastic!!!!

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                              coll Sep 26, 2007 04:35 PM

                              Some of the Irish pubs here serve BLTs with salmon instead of bacon.

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                                lexpatti Sep 27, 2007 05:13 AM

                                yummm!!! I could eat salmon everywhich way. Great thread. And sooo good for us,

                            2. re: ginnyhw
                              jollymom3 Jan 8, 2013 05:45 AM

                              If you're still in the Boston area, you should try the S&S in Inman Square, Cambridge (http://www.sandsrestaurant.com/brunch...). The Eggs Copenhagen on their brunch menu is wonderful--eggs benedict but with lox--YUM! That is my husband's favorite breakfast in the world.

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                              lexpatti Sep 26, 2007 05:07 AM

                              I just made an awesome spagetti pie the other night with left over spagetti and smoked salmon - awesome. I used garlic, dill and lemon juice. wipe up two eggs, some racotta cheese, some parm cheese, then add your spagetti and salmon - fill a pie plate and bake. Cut like a piece of pie. It's awesome!!!

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                                paprkutr Sep 25, 2007 11:38 PM

                                Absolutely fried with onions, can either eat on side or add to eggs. Quiche with green onions or any other veggies. Pasta with vodka cream sauce with peas, or asparagus, with a little red pepper flakes. Buy sauce at trader joes. On pizza is good with red onions.

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                                  kobetobiko Sep 25, 2007 10:19 PM

                                  A few ideas that I have:
                                  - Smoked Salmon slices on Soba Noodles with soy and ginger dressing
                                  -smoked salmon + cream cheese + chives in crepe
                                  - smoked salmon + cucumber + dill + yogurt or sour cream for salad
                                  - smoked salmon topped with egg salad placed in cucumber cups

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                                  1. re: kobetobiko
                                    kobetobiko Sep 25, 2007 10:28 PM

                                    Oh, almost forgot the "classic" - make Wolfgang Puck's famous smoke salmon pizza!

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                                      Mother of four Sep 27, 2007 05:08 PM

                                      Forgot about that, but oh my that was one good tasty pizza!!!

                                  2. scuzzo Sep 25, 2007 09:50 PM

                                    I used to make linguine with flaked smoked salmon, parm, red pepper flakes and olive oil. Yum!

                                    Blend with ricotta and beaten egg and fill manicotti, bake with a white sauce!

                                    Put in an omlette with capers and a good cheese.

                                    Send some to me.

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                                      butterfly Sep 25, 2007 05:57 PM

                                      Every dinner party of my childhood always included smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls. You just spread cream cheese on the salmon, roll it up, and then cut it into little disks (sort of like sushi). I found a picture on the web that is similar:


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                                      1. re: butterfly
                                        Isabella Sep 25, 2007 10:35 PM

                                        Thank you! That looks absolutely lovely!

                                        Personally, I like to take cucumber slices, smear with cream cheese, top with a couple of capers & thin slivers of onion and top with a piece of salmon.

                                        Low carb & really easy to eat as an app or party food.

                                      2. MaspethMaven Sep 25, 2007 05:43 PM

                                        I just had this as an hors douevre at the Waldorf:

                                        Brioche toast points with smoked salmon, spinach, roasted pepper puree and creme fraiche. Arranged like a club sandwich, but very, very small.

                                        Other option is "philadelphia rolls" which is a smoked salmon and cream cheese maki roll.
                                        Alternatively, chop some up and use in kim bap, sans cream cheese.

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                                          AMFM Sep 25, 2007 05:49 PM

                                          along the lines of "with eggs"... ina garten has a frittata recipe with it that gets great reviews that folks say they've made for brunches and dinner.


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                                          fauchon Sep 25, 2007 04:33 PM

                                          make hors d'oeuvres of ss on black bread with a sprig of fresh dill, serve w icy cold vodka.... in omelets (ss works really well with eggs)...pasta w ss & vodka sauce...layer ss in a simple potato gratin...

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                                          1. re: fauchon
                                            MysticYoYo Sep 25, 2007 05:39 PM

                                            I agree with the suggestions of smoked salmon and eggs...delicious.

                                          2. coll Sep 25, 2007 04:31 PM

                                            During Lent, a lot of chefs use smoked salon instead of bacon in all of their recipes, pasta, salads etc. Just think smoked meats and substitute!

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                                              JungMann Sep 26, 2007 06:47 AM

                                              Interesting. I use smoked salmon as my Friday prosciutto in a composed salad of roasted asparagus and poached egg topped with a chive vinaigrette. It's light and yet very satisfying!

                                              In general, my favorite use for smoked salmon is in a smoked salmon mousse with horseradish and sour cream. On top of melba toast, cucumber rounds or pumpernickel it's unbeatable!

                                              1. re: coll
                                                HappyChow Jan 8, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                My husband's Jewish grandmother made a smoked salmon quiche for years that was delicious, in this same vein. She used a quiche Lorraine recipe and simply swapped bacon for smoked salmon.

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                                                intence Sep 25, 2007 04:16 PM

                                                Thanks for the suggestions, the pasta sounds good :)

                                                1. leanneabe Sep 25, 2007 04:15 PM

                                                  I'm not a fan of smoked salmon in hot dishes (I don't know why), but I do love smoked salmon dip. It's just cream cheese blended with smoked salmon and a squirt of lemon juice. It may be too close to your sandwiches/bagel/etc thing, but I can eat way more dip with crackers than I can smoked salmon sandwiches.

                                                  Smoked salmon also freezes pretty well, if you want to take a break and come back to it in a few weeks.


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                                                  1. re: leanneabe
                                                    valerie Sep 25, 2007 05:35 PM

                                                    I don't particularly care for smoked salmon in hot dishes either, although I LOVE it on a bagel with cream cheese.

                                                    I was also going to suggest freezing it in small portions, so that you can just pull out a few slices when you feel like it.

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                                                    Val Sep 25, 2007 04:03 PM

                                                    Well, here's one to try IF you are brave enough to handle the 1 cup of cream...looks great but I've not tried it, Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Capers...reviews say it's awesome!


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                                                    1. re: Val
                                                      Glencora Sep 25, 2007 04:27 PM

                                                      Love smoked salmon, love capers. Usually find cream-based pasta sauces boring as well as unhealthy. If anyone could come up with a less fatty, more interesting version I'd be VERY impressed. (I've tried, but haven't yet.)

                                                    2. Sarah Sep 25, 2007 03:48 PM

                                                      Folded into scrambled eggs...

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                                                        Shayna Madel Sep 25, 2007 04:30 PM

                                                        with sauteed onions and green peppers and American cheese, just like my grandfather used to make on Sunday mornings.

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                                                          Will Owen Sep 25, 2007 04:37 PM

                                                          ...or with a little chopped scallion and crumbled ricotta or queso fresco. Similar treatment is to stir some chopped scallion into a spreadable blend of sour cream and cream cheese, then make plain omelets and fill them with this and smoked salmon.

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                                                            Sarah Sep 25, 2007 04:46 PM

                                                            hmmmm- that sounds good!

                                                          2. re: Sarah
                                                            oakjoan Sep 25, 2007 10:42 PM

                                                            Yeah, I love smoked salmon in scrambled eggs, but only if it's not cooked with the eggs. I drape it over the eggs after they've been scrambled with chives or green onions.

                                                            Also, OP doesn't say if it's the lox-like salmon or the drier, chunkier kind.

                                                            1. re: oakjoan
                                                              Shayna Madel Sep 26, 2007 04:32 AM

                                                              I think the chunky stuff is referred to as baked salmon, even though it seems smoked to me...To me, the "slimy" stuff is lox and when I was a kid, I never heard it referred to as smoked salmon, but I guess it depends on where you are from...

                                                              1. re: Shayna Madel
                                                                butterfly Sep 26, 2007 05:25 AM

                                                                They look similar, but there is a (big) difference between the two. Lox is salt cured. Smoked salmon is smoked. Real lox is much rarer these days.

                                                                1. re: butterfly
                                                                  Shayna Madel Sep 27, 2007 04:58 PM

                                                                  So baked salmon is still baked salmon, but there is a difference between lox and smoked salmon? I had not heard that before.

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                                                                    butterfly Sep 27, 2007 07:04 PM

                                                                    Yes, that's right. Real lox is not smoked--it is cured in a brine.

                                                          3. MMRuth Sep 25, 2007 03:40 PM

                                                            You could serve it with a risotto or pasta ... knew someone years ago who was known for his champagne risotto with smoked salmon added at the very end.

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