Friday Cocktail Bites – Smoked Salmon & Meyer Lemon Spread

Smoked Salmon and Persian Cucumber Bites

Smoked Salmon and Persian Cucumber Bites

Sometimes on Fridays I like to whip up a simple hors d’oeuvre to go with a cocktail or two before my man and I head out for the evening.  Kinda sets a nice punctuation mark on the work week for the Mr. and gets the weekend off to a good start.  This week I made a quick spread from two wonderful things I happened to have on hand: Meyer lemons and Smoked Alaskan Salmon.

Meyer lemons are in season for a short while, and if you haven’t discovered them yet, run don’t walk to the nearest produce market.  They are thin skinned and sweeter than regular lemons, and you can eat the whole fruit – peel and all.  Last week I made some amazingly delicious Meyer Lemon Marmelade inspired by a post on the Grow It Cook It Can It blog .  This post on Hitchhiking to Heaven on how to prep the fruit was also quite helpful.  [Note:  I had to use far more than 6 Meyer lemons to get three cups – more like 12!  But I did use the 1:1:1 ratio of sugar, water and lemon slices and it came out FAB!]

The Smoked Alaskan Salmon (Orcas Cove Select Smoked Salmon, to be exact as to brand) was something I discovered on a trip to Ketchikan Alaska.  You can read about our day in Ketchikan here.  It was served to us after a morning of kayaking and was so, so delicious.  Last Christmas I mail ordered a case of it!  It’s pricey but delicious and not like smoked salmon you may be familiar with.  It is not a whole, pink filet that is lightly smoke cured.  This salmon is heavily smoked, cooked through (by the smoking process) and canned in large “steaks”.  This is some bold, highly flavored salmon!

Onto the recipe for a very tasty spread that works equally well on crackers, crudite or a bagel.  Enjoy!

  • 1 8oz brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • ½ a Meyer lemon, seeded, very thinly sliced and diced into ¼” bits – rind and all! (if you don’t have a Meyer lemon, just use 2 tsp. lemon juice and a tsp of lemon zest)
  • 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish (or more or less to taste)
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 6.5 oz can Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Combine first five ingredients thoroughly.  Break salmon into 1″ chunks and fold into the cream cheese mixture.  You can stir it into a perfectly smooth spread, or leave a few chunks of salmon here and there.

For the bites I cut some Persian Cucumbers in half and sliced out the seeds (which can go into a pitcher of water to flavor it!).

Don't throw the strips of cucumber seeds out - add them to a pitcher of water for a refreshing sip!

Don’t throw the strips of cucumber seeds out – add them to a pitcher of water for a refreshing sip!

Then I carefully stuffed the hollowed out cucumbers with a generous amount of dip.  You can serve them just like that for a casual snack, or slice them into bites for a more finger-friendly nosh.  Look how pretty those Meyer lemon bits are!

A very yummy light lunch as is, or perfect hors d'oeuvre cut into bite sized slices.

A very yummy light lunch as is, or perfect hors d’oeuvre cut into bite sized slices.

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  • Lety C  On February 20, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    This looks good! Great idea!


  • alwaysrkp  On February 21, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Looks and sounds delish but alas my man does not like salmon. Might use for a party.


    • E H Whitesides  On February 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      You could also make this recipe with an equal amount of crab, smoked trout, or chopped, cooked shrimp!


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