Friday, April 13, 2012

Smoked Salmon Spread

So who has been to Seattle??  Both Spatularettes made a trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the past year and had an absolutely fantastic time.  Tall One visited in August for a work conference and Small One visited in February for a grad school interview.  Seattle is a super cool city full of incredible outdoor adventures, quirky neighborhoods, world famous sites, and unbelievable food.  Without a doubt the highlight of both of our visits was wandering through the aisles of Pike's Market.

If you are ever in Seattle, be sure to check out Pike's Market!
 We're sure everyone who has visited Pike's Market will agree that the always popular fishmongers are a site not to be missed!  It's a group of guys tossing whole fish and shouting orders at the top of their lungs, all while cracking jokes and swapping stories with tourists and customers.  It doesn't sound like much entertainment, but it really is a lot of fun!  Small One enjoyed it and she doesn't even eat fish!

An awesome shot of the Space Needle, courtesy of Small One

While visiting Seattle last summer, Tall One bought some smoked salmon from Pike's Market and has been storing it in the freezer back in Philadelphia ever since.  An Easter Sunday lunch with friends seemed like the perfect time to pull it out of the freezer and try a new recipe.

Tall One with her friend Maria and a Pike's Market Fishmonger


-1 cup smoked salmon
-8 oz block cream cheese
-3 Tbs fresh dill, chopped
-Juice of half a lemon

Place an 8 oz block of cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Whip on a high speed for about a minute or until it gets nice and light.  Add the dill and whip for another 30 seconds or so.  Turn the speed down to low and add the salmon and lemon juice.  Continue to mix on low speed until well combined, but not completely smooth.  Serve chilled or at room temperature with crackers or mini toasts.

There are a lot of similar salmon spread recipes out there but we think the quality of the smoked salmon is really what sets this one apart.  Try to skip the canned stuffed and go for the real thing!

Tall and Small

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