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Author Notes: Smoked salmon peppered and all dressed up with a bit of shallot, a hint of hollendaise, caper and a dollop of caviar. What’s not to like about this taste of the sea in a simple but elegant appetizer plated with a slice of avocado and lime? I usually leave it at that, but this time kicked it up with a two-step combination, smoked salmon on a base of salmon mousse. A little goes a long way to please your guests or to whet the palate before a romantic dinner for two. Serve on individual salad plates or make more for a company spread with crackers. Either way, there will not be leftovers. —Vivian Henoch
Serves 2 to 4
Tinned Salmon Mousse
- 7.5 ounces can red sockeye salmon
- 1 teaspoon Grey Poupon mustard
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1 pinch pepper
- Using a food processor, blend egg yolks, lime juice and mustard until mixture is thickened and smooth.
- With food processor running, add butter in a thin stream to egg mixture, as in a basic hollendaise sauce.
- In a small bowl, mix salmon with lime juice, add sauce and stir until smooth consistency. Add capers.
- For individual servings, plate salmon using a small metal mold. (Hint: a donut cutter or aluminum can with top and bottom removed will do the trick.)
- Top mousse with smoked salmon pate (see recipe below). Remove metal form. And serve
Smoked Salmon Pate
- 4 ounces smoked salmon peppered (Spence & Company LTD brand)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons caviar (salmon roe)
- Slice salmon into thin strips and chop into small pieces.
- Add diced shallot, olive oil and caviar and gently mix.
- Spoon mixture on top of mousse (see recipe above), smooth to form neat stack, garnish with a dollop of caviar.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Canned Fish Recipe