Smoked Salmon Crostini

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

If you’re looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

I adore salmon. In fact, I hadn’t realized how many salmon recipes I actually had on my own blog until I did a quick search. I suppose living in Portland, Oregon, has spoiled me. I also love little appetizers that can be enjoyed in two attractive bites or shoved entirely in my mouth when no one is looking. I love these little crostinis because they really couldn’t be easier to make, but they’re just so darn pretty! Doesn’t garnish make everything better?

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

I modeled this recipe after my smoked salmon dip which is the food equivalent to crack, in my opinion. Seriously, don’t put that stuff in front of me because I will shock and awe everyone around me when they see how much salmon dip I can consume.

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

Similar to my dip, this recipe has cream cheese, fresh dill, a little kick from fresh jalapeno, and lemon juice. If you’re eating salmon, you must have lemon and dill. That’s just a fact. Don’t even try arguing with me. I also do love me some capers with fish. All the flavors blend together oh-so-perfectly.

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

Aren’t they pretty? Now imagine yourself walking around your holiday party passing these out. I guarantee your guests will be fighting over them.

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

Wanna know a secret?  As soon as I finished photographing these, I ate every single last one of them. Not ashamed. Not one bit. In fact, its been a few hours since I devoured them and I’m starting to crave more. That’s how wonderful they are.

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

If you love smoked salmon and need a recipe for a party, a game day feast, or just to satisfy your cravings, you’ll love my Smoked Salmon Dip:

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And my childhood favorite which quickly became my kids’ favorite dinner time recipe, my famous Salmon Patties:salmon-patties-ig

Smoked Salmon Crostini
 
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If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!
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Recipe type: appetizer
Yields: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 baguette, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces wild smoked salmon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill, stems removed and minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish with capers and more fresh dill
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat both sides of bread slices with olive oil. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, turning after about 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Arrange toasts on a platter with a piece of salmon on top of each one.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, jalapeno, dill, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Either spoon a small amount on top of each crostini or squeeze out of a plastic bag with the corner snipped off.
  4. Top with capers and additional dill.
If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!
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Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce

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Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce made with smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon and heavy cream is an insanely delicious and easy to make pasta dinner.

Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce made with smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon and heavy cream is an insanely delicious and easy to make pasta dinner.

I feel this post must start with a warning: This meal is dangerous. Why? Well, not only does it taste absolutely heavenly, but it is super easy to make. But why would that be dangerous, you wonder. Two words: pasta and heavy cream.  Well, technically that was three words. Is it good for your hips? No. But is it worth that minute on your lips? Most definitely.

Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce made with smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon and heavy cream is an insanely delicious and easy to make pasta dinner.

I first enjoyed this recipe at a pasta making class I took. It wasn’t a professional class at a culinary institute. As you might know, I’m a completely self taught chef and photographer and have learned everything purely through trial and error. It was one of those hands on cooking classes where you go with a date or a friend, make a few dishes, and get to eat what you make in the class. This happened to be a homemade pasta class and I’ve wanted some kitchenaid pasta rollers ever since. In fact, they’ve been not-so-subtly on my Christmas wish list for two years in a row now and he has yet to deliver. Hopefully third time’s a charm and I’ll get them this year! So, this class was originally going to be a double date for my husband and I and another couple. For some reason, that other couple had to bail out so it turned into a regular date for the hubs and I. Unfortunately, I got a horrible case of the stomach flu about five days before the class and subsequently couldn’t hold anything down that entire time. The first day I felt normal again was the day of this class, but by that time my husband was right in the middle of his stomach flu, but there ain’t nothing that will keep me away from freshly made pasta, so off I went!  Fortunately, I was able to get my sister to go with me at the last minute. Unfortunately, four rounds of pasta courses at the tail end of the stomach flu weren’t as enjoyable as I had imagined it would be. On the bright side, they sent us home with the recipes and I was able to recreate everything at home once I was fully recovered!

Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce made with smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon and heavy cream is an insanely delicious and easy to make pasta dinner.

The reason this recipe was so amazing was because it used smoked salmon. Why had I never thought of doing this before? There are occasions where I make salmon and it turns out perfectly, but there have been plenty of times where I try to make a pasta dish like this and the salmon is either over cooked or the whole dish tastes too fishy. Using smoked salmon in a dill-filled lemony cream sauce like this is absolute perfection, and considering the whole dinner comes together in just minutes, your hips and thighs will be cursing you for ever finding this recipe!

Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce made with smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon and heavy cream is an insanely delicious and easy to make pasta dinner.

Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce
 
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Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce made with smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon and heavy cream is an insanely delicious and easy to make pasta dinner.
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Recipe type: main dish, pasta
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 of a large sweet onion, like Vidalia or Walla-Walla, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large bunch of dill, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 8 ounces cold smoked salmon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 ounces linguini
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of water until it is done. Consider not adding salt to the water this time, since the salmon sauce may be on the salty side.
  2. To make the salmon dill cream sauce, sauté the onion in butter over medium high heat until golden brown. Reduce heat a bit and add the dill, salmon and cream. Gently heat until the cream is infused and stir until the salmon flakes. Add the lemon juice and stir.
  3. Gently toss the pasta in the warm sauce and voila! Ready to serve.

Fettuccine with Salmon Dill Cream Sauce made with smoked salmon, fresh dill, lemon and heavy cream is an insanely delicious and easy to make pasta dinner.
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Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.

It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you’ll never buy store bought again.

It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.

How is it that I am, ahem, let’s just say over 30-years-old and I’ve lived in Oregon (i.e. the state that pickles everything) for the past decade and a half, yet this was the first time I made my own homemade dill pickles? What on God’s green earth is wrong with me? I mean, I’m surprised the awesome city of Portland even let me take up residence without proving I know how to pickle something. Let’s just say that I officially feel like an Oregonian now. Gimme some backyard chickens and I might even start claiming that I’m from here!

It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.

I’ve always seen pickling cucumbers at the farmers market, but I’ve been afraid to make my own pickles. I didn’t attempt to can anything until a couple years ago when I started to can peaches as well as vanilla bean applesauce. Turns out its not so hard after all. I mean, I’m a highly functional successful career woman with an engineering degree… why was I scared to put food in a jar and save it for a rainy day? Well, the thought of giving my family food poisoning was the main deterrent. Have no fear – these are refrigerator pickles which means that you just put everything in a jar, refrigerate, and wait. No canning. No sealing. Easy.

It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.

My first experience with pickles like these came a couple years ago when I traded some of my canned peaches for refrigerator dill pickles and freshly foraged chanterelle mushrooms with a friend. That was a win-win trade for sure, but I wanted to have a go at it on my own.

It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.

All you have to do is heat the brine so that your salt and sugar dissolve. Then you pour it over your freshly cut cucumbers which are nestled nicely in a jar with garlic, dill, and peppercorns.

It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.

You were waiting for some catch, right? Like I lure you in with the word easy but then when you read the recipe you’re all like “What is she talking about? That’s not easy.”  I wouldn’t steer you wrong, my friends. This is easy.

It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.

Stick them in the refrigerator for a week and voila – they’re ready!

It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.

4.9 from 7 reviews
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It only takes a few minutes to make Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. Once you make your own homemade version, you'll never buy store bought again.
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Recipe type: appetizer, tips & tricks
Yields: 3 jars
Ingredients
  • 10-12 pickling cucumbers
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • big bunch of dill
  • 1 head of garlic, skins removed, cloves smashed (less if its a strong garlic)
  • 10 peppercorn kernals
Instructions
  1. Slice cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices or spears. Set aside
  2. To make brine, combine water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and swirl to make sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  3. Add cucumbers to jars. Do not pack them super tight as you you'll want room for the brine. Add the fresh dill, smashed garlic, and peppercorns to the jars. Finish by adding enough brine to cover the cucumbers. Seal with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for at least one week. Pickles should be good for at least 4-6 weeks after that.
  4. This recipe made enough for me to one pint and fill two quart jars.

 

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Smoked Salmon Dip

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This Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy kick and is an outstanding appetizer as well as an amazing breakfast on a bagel.

This Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy kick and is an outstanding appetizer as well as an amazing breakfast on a bagel.

I debated whether I should call this salmon dip or salmon spread. Either way, this stuff is my heroine. I am addicted. I crave it morning, noon, and night. I am not exaggerating. that is how much I love it.

This Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy kick and is an outstanding appetizer as well as an amazing breakfast on a bagel.

I first tasted this undeniably delicious salmon spread when my co-worker made some at home and brought it in. My first reaction was “dear Lord, this is freaking good!” and I’m pretty sure I said that in a louder-than-appropriate-for-the-office voice. From that moment on, I was hooked. You see, I love the smoked salmon and cream cheese combo. I go to our local grocery store and order the bagel with cold smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and red onion all the time. Its an expensive habit though, and once I could make this one my own, I discovered it was not only more cost effective, but it was way more delicious because it was made from my own hot smoked salmon, had the salty crunch of bacon, and the subtle spice of jalapeno.

This Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy kick and is an outstanding appetizer as well as an amazing breakfast on a bagel.

It is a perfect party appetizer. Set it out with some crackers and watch it compete with the deviled eggs for the fastest consumed food on the table. But, my most favorite way to eat this smoked salmon spread is on a toasted everything bagel with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. I’m seriously feeling withdrawl symptoms as I write this post because my salmon spread is all gone. Must. Make. More.

This Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy kick and is an outstanding appetizer as well as an amazing breakfast on a bagel.

4.6 from 5 reviews
Smoked Salmon Spread
 
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This Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy kick and is an outstanding appetizer as well as an amazing breakfast on a bagel.
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Recipe type: side dish, breakfast
Yields: 2-3 cups
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2/3 ounce fresh baby dill, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound (about 1 cup) hot smoked salmon (meat should be cold, hot smoked refers to cooking process)
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon ends and pieces
Instructions
  1. In bowl of stand mixer, cream together cream cheese and lemon juice on high speed for several minutes until well combined and fluffy. Scrape sides, then add dill, jalapeno, and garlic and blend until well mixed. Add in salmon chunks and bacon and mix just until combined. The more you mix, the less salmon chunks you'll have.
  2. Serve with crackers or crostini for an appetizer or spread on a bagel for breakfast.

 

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This Smoked Salmon Dip made with hot smoked salmon & bacon has a spicy kick and is an outstanding appetizer as well as an amazing breakfast on a bagel.
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Lemon Cucumber Honeydew Salad

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This fresh Lemon Cucumber & Honeydew Salad with feta, dill and mint marries two unique foods and creates a harmonious blend of flavors you will love.

Lemon Cucumber Honeydew Salad

The other week I got some lemon cucumbers and a honeydew melon in my CSA Farmer’s Market box.  Besides just cut them up and eat them plain, I had no idea what to do with either.  Then I came up with a brilliant (remember, I’m pretentious when it comes to food) idea. Put them together with some fresh dill, mint, shallots, feta, and lemon.  Brilliant, I tell you!

Lemon Cucumber Honeydew Salad

The coolest part about this salad was the fact that the lemon cucumber and the honeydew look almost identical when chopped, which I found particularly awesome.  Was your bite going to be full of cucumber or full of honeydew or an even mix between the two?  No one knows.  Statistically, you have to take a good 20 bites to find out if the salad is well mixed throughout.  Math is fun.

If you’ve never made a salad like this, or if you think the combination of a vegetable and a fruit is weird, I double dog dare you to make it and let me know what you think.  Its fresh.  Its delicious.  It pairs well with a grilled meat or tastes great on its own.  Brilliant, right?

Lemon Cucumber Honeydew Salad

Lemon Cucumber & Honeydew Salad
 
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This fresh Lemon Cucumber & Honeydew Salad with feta, dill and mint marries two unique foods and creates a harmonious blend of flavors you will love.
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Recipe type: Salad
Yields: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 medium shallots, diced
  • 1 small lemon, zest finely grated and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 honeydew melon, diced into small cubes
  • 4 lemon cucumbers, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, torn into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoons fresh mint, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta
Instructions
  1. In a small dish, combine shallots, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir and let sit to allow flavors to blend.
  2. In a large bowl, combine honeydew, cucumber, dill, mint and feta. Toss to distribute ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over salad in large bowl and toss to combine.

 

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