This smoked salmon dip is my “go-to” recipe for snacking during the week and when friends are coming for dinner. With a food processor this smooth and creamy spread goes together together in just minutes. Horseradish gives it extra zing and the dill adds a fresh garden flavor. The surprise ingredient is the smoked spices. And leftovers work for breakfast!
Easy Smoked Salmon Dip
Here’s an updated version of a favorite recipe. We originally photographed it prettily piped onto toasted slices of baguette as I use it for catering. The problem with that pretty shot is it makes it look fussy, and its not. So here it is as we usually eat it – as a dip. It super easy! Just dump all of the ingredients into the food processor and puree. Serve with cool cucumber slices, crackers, baguette slices, bell pepper strips or endive leaves.
For a smoky flavor that pairs beautifully with the smoked salmon I use Smoked paprika and smoked black pepper. If you like smoky flavors you’ll love having these versatile spices in your pantry. I use them in all sorts of dishes. No smoked spice? No problem. Make it with regular paprika and black pepper
Dip, Spread or Piped Mousse
Even though it’s quick to make you can make the dip a day or two ahead to save time. It can be made to serve four (half recipe), or doubled or tripled to serve a crowd. If you want to go fancy for an upscale party (maybe for holidays), use a piping bag with a star tip. Using a piping bag is also a great way to hold it in the refrigerator. Pipe onto cucumber slices, into endive spears, in little baked phyllo cups or onto crostini. Use lemon zest, capers, red onion and fresh dill as garnish and beautiful flair.
Easy Smoked Salmon Dip
Smoked Salmon Dip
- 6 ounces smoked salmon
- 8 ounces cottage cheese
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons horseradish
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 teaspoons smoked or regular paprika
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked or regular ground black pepper
- Capers, drained
- finely diced red onion
- Smoked paprika
- lemon zest
- dill fronds
- Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Refrigerate overnight or until ready to serve.
- For serving, place in a bowl for spreading and dipping surrounded by your choice of veggies, crackers or crostini.
Originally published March 4, 2013