Smoked Salmon Spread

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
1 hr

Yield:
1 1/2 pints
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 pound (4 ounces) smoked salmon, minced
Directions

Cream the cheese in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until just smooth. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, dill, horseradish, salt, and pepper, and mix. Add the smoked salmon and mix well. Chill and serve with crudites or crackers.

If you can find it, I prefer Norwegian salmon; it's drier and less salty than other smoked salmon.


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Very good but needed more salmon. Wish I had read that first! Will def make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious and so easy to whip together item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree that this tastes Fabulous! I do have a question- How long will this keep? For instance- I have to attend a Business meeting and bring appetizers. It's a 4 hour drive away, and I will be driving up the day before the meeting is scheduled. If I make this the night before I leave, transport it in an ice chest and refrigerate upon arrival, will it make it to the 3pm meeting the next day? Thanks all! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely fantastic! A summer meal all by itself. Like the reviewer before said, garnish with thin sliced red onion and capers. Add in red grapes and a good crusty baguette and it makes for perfect summer evening snacking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic! I made toasted crostini type bread slices, and served this spread with finely diced red onions and capers to sprinkle on top. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a MUST try! A huge hit among flight attendants! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great smoked salmon spread, and it was a huge hit with my fooodie crowd We just got back from Alaska, and I racked up on smoked salmon. The fresh dill is a must. I prefer more horseradish than the recipe calls for. Thanks Ina!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Never made a salmon spread but had some smoked salmon and needed an appetizer for a party. Always had success with all of Ina's recipes i've tried, so of course she was my go to and did not fail. This was SO YUMMY! Followed her recipe exactly, except left out salt, my smoked salmon was a little salty to start with. Thank you so much Ina, you made me feel like a star with the compliments I received from this appetizer! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have a friend in Alaska that sends us the side trim cuts of smoked Alaskan salmon. I decided to give this recipe a try using 8 ounce package of the side trim. WOW.....the spread turned out so good that my husband and I are having it on crackers with wine for dinner tonight! I spilt the recipe into 2, and added finely chopped jalepeno peppers to 1/2. The addition of the peppers really perked it up! I did not add any of the salt the recipe calls for as the extra salmon was enough salt. I am going to use this recipe for one of the appetizers at my sisters wedding in August. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Out Of This World ! This recipe was a home run, hit every bell and whistle with my guests. I served it with some TownHouse crackers and whoala ! I followed the recipe to the Tee, but added a little bit more salmon. Thanks Ina for yet another great recipe ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The dip was well-received! I didn't have dill (fresh or dried, so I used green onion and parsley per the other reviewers' suggestions. I also did not have prepared horseradish and substituted it with Dijon mustard (about 1 teaspoon, which was good, and a little cayenne pepper to add a nice, subtle kick. I used 4 oz. smoked salmon, but agreed with some of the other reviewers that it could use more--about 2 to 4 oz. additional. Very little salt was needed as the salmon was pretty salty already. I prefer thinly sliced baguette bread instead of crackers because the bread is softer and tastes fresher. Making the dip the night before also helped bring out the flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quite delicious! I used a food processor with metal blade and substituted parsely for the dill (didn't have any, and smoked sturgeon for the salmon. Will definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times for family gatherings. It is delicious and the dill compliments the salmon quite well. We had it again today for Thanksgiving. Always a hit! I've never tried to double the salmon, but imagine that would be good. It really is so quick and easy to put together. I always make it the day before serving it, as it seems to be more flavorful. Thanks, Ina, for another winner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Based on the comments, I used double the amount of salmon. Used with a smoke flavored cracker which is a nice combination. Would make it again. Appreciate the reviews, they're very helpful to read before diving in. This recipe is easy, quick and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Always a go-to for any party, and I usually double the recipe if on the weekend. Mix in some of the leftover spread into slowly scrambled eggs, serve with bagels and fruit.....you will be the Brunch Rock Star forever after that meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As always, Ms Garten's recipes work. I have made this dish several times, always to rave reviews. It is now one of my staples! NOTE 1: The recipe seems to be an extender for pricey smoked salmon (understandable. I have often made it, however, when we had leftover smoked salmon, so we wanted to use up the salmon. For this reason, I've doubled the amount of salmon, and everyone prefers it this way (though the original reoipe is also yummy. NOTE 2: The sour cream is necessary to keep the spread soft enough to spread/dip easily. If you start with room temp cream cheese and serve the spread straightaway, the sour cream is not necessary. If you are going to chill the spread prior to serving, the sour cream is necessary for proper consistency. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great to bring to a party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Recipe came out pretty good. I mixed it in a kitchen aid blender on low-med. I squeezed in half a lemon and that was too much. I smoked the salmon myself and put in around 5 ounces. I also added in 1/2 tablespoon of chives. I agree with other reviews and lessen the salt a bit next time due to the saltiness of the smoked salmon. I also used low-fat cream cheese and sour cream and it was still tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make. I used the Norwegian salmon as was recommended and it was not too salty. I added a small amount of capers and finely chopped shallots. I will make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! Super easy. Perfect for that last minute appetizer. I added some fresh chives and capers. Omit the salt, as the smoked salmon is salty enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good salmon dip recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic, easy to make, made it many times, always a hit with our guest and have pased it on to all who had this wonderful Spread and asked for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing taste and so easy to prepare! Thanks Ina - your recipes never fail and taste great! I made this dip, following the recipe to a T, for an office lunch and everyone enjoyed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great spread. I gave it 5 stars but did make some changes. I added a chopped scallion (think I'll add chives next time. I added the zest from a lemon, a pinch of cayenne and Old Bay. I mixed everything together with the electric mixer and then stirred in the salmon with a spoon. I wanted the salmon pieces a little larger. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe! I added some chopped scallions and some extra pieces of smoked salmon in afterward as well. I would recommend not adding salt until you taste it though. My smoked salmon was a bit salty to begin with and it didn't need as much salt as was called for. Will definitely make again, thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the creaminess. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely LOVE this recipe. It is incredibly easy - as are most of Ina's recipes - and yet elegant. I add about 2 T. finely chopped scallion tops, which gives it a nice, springy zing. This is one of my top party favorites! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this every year at our holiday party, and it's still a hit year after year. So easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a another party hit from Ina. I followed it exactly, plus added: 2 chopped scallions, including the green stems; 1 tablespoon of chopped capers, since mine were large berries. Excellent on seasoned and toasted baggett medallions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This was so easy to make and tasted so good! As always, you're the best, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful Easy recipe . Love to make this with Ina's Asian Salmon when I have any left over. We always add 2 cups of salmon for a big salmon hit . Everyone always loves this spread . item not reviewed by moderator and published
Deeelllicious! I made this on a whim as my husband had just finished smoking some salmon. I used what I had in the fridge. Low fat cream cheese, fat free sour cream, was out of dill - so no dill.. (grrrrr, and only had creamed horseradish. IT WAS EXCELLENT! I'm actually freezing the other smoked fillet for New Years...hehe Thank you Ina....this was off the charts for flavor! Super easy...super flavor...what more can a cook ask for? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Took this to a party// Reviews were excellent!!! Simple and Delicious ... I don't know of other qualities that are necessary,, Ina does a super job. ? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. Works with marinated salmon leftovers too! Just have a little more salmon (total 6 0Z.) so the taste balances the other ingrediants. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a quick, easy and tasty recipe. The flavors melded well together and it was a cinch to make. I served this with Carr's water crackers, which was complimentary. My husband and I were invited to my in-laws for dinner and I took this as an appetizer. The Dutch do not make dips or spreads, however they sure seem to enjoy them as I am usually asked to bring a 'dip' along. This recipe was well received as my in-laws and husband enjoyed it very much, not a drop was left. It is a keeper. Thank you Barefoot Contessa for a very tasty recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cant wait to try this recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm in love with this salmon spread! Followed the recipe exactly (except I didn't have fresh dill, used dried instead) and it seemed like the right amount of salmon. I love how the smoky and creamy flavors come together with a little zing from the horseradish. Even my 5 year-old loved it! (Shh...don't tell him it's made with fish!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the smoked salmon and added extra lemon. SO GOOD! This dip was the hit of the party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for some friends for a NBA playoff game.. great spread : ) The cream chesse is over powering so just add more salmon 2 to 4 oz.. and perfect! The horseradish and lemons make it so tasty! I LOVE YOU INA!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight and it was extremely tasty! I was fortunate enough to get fresh dill and Norweigan Smoked Salmon. The minor drawback of this receipe was with the recommended 4oz. of smoked salmon; it made the dip taste a little too cream cheesy. So I added another 2oz of Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon and another 1/4 teaspoon of freshly chopped dill and 1/4 teaspoon of cayene pepper (couldn't help it---I'm Jamaican, needed the extra kick!). I also substituted the French baguettes for a Whole Grain Organic Bread that I quartered and brushed with olive oil and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and baked in the oven for ten minutes. This will definitely be a staple at family and formal gatherings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this spread for every family gathering and it never lasts long!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for New Year's Day guests and served with assorted crackers and Everything Bagel chips. Everyone really enjoyed this and we will be making it again. No changes other than we has to use dried dill because fresh was not available. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out great. I couldn't find any fresh dill so I used dry. I used about the same amount as the recipe called for and for us it was perfect. Not to many expensive ingredients and simple to make. I will certainly make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this as one of 2 app.'s last x-mas eve (the other was a hot crab app from Emeril) both were huge hits. Ina's I followed to a T, Emeril's I cut back on the heat. Now I'm asked to bring a app. again for x-mas eve Ina's was great easy and less expensive . Emeril's asked for 1 lb. of crab plus cheese and everthing else (I don't cut corner's in products, I believe what Ina say's "quality counts"). This was tasting without cutting corners and as long as you stick with quality products it taste as good as the other app. with all the lump crab I made that was twice as expensive if not more. Ina thanks for your great ideas!!! Houston TX item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for two family gatherings, exactly as Ina wrote it. It was really delicious, I think, because by the time I got to taste the appetisers, this was just about gone. I just made it again for a party. I was out of dill, so I used some fennel. I used Northwest salmon, and it is a bit salty. Next time I will salt after adding the salmon, After standing a few hours it should be fine. But do let it sit, preferable overnight: it does make a difference. Thanks, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG...this is sooo good. I substituted fat free greek yogurt for sour cream and reduced fat cream cheese for regular cream cheese to reduce the fat so that I could justify using more salmon... used 8 oz. salmon. So quick and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As others have already stated, even those claiming to not like lox gobble up this spread. Still skeptical? Give it a try at your next party, or bring it to one you're attending. Recipe requests guaranteed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Seem to always be asked to bring this spread to gatherings. Funny thing is that at least two pople who have fallen in love with it claim to hate salmon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try not to add salt until salmon has "rested" in the rest of the mix for a while ... the saltiness of your salmon will determine how much additional salt you should add. This spread is fantastic. I don't normally eat salmon, yet I LOVE this. Trader Joe's mini melba toast really does it justice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Kind of salty item not reviewed by moderator and published
The delicious flavor develops OVERNIGHT! This is one of the ultimate make ahead recipes. We dip it, we spread it and my quests inhale it. I have not had one person who did not rave about it. Do remember.....OVERNIGHT item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe and didn't think it had enough Salmon flavor. So, I doubled the salmon and made a huge differenct. I served it at a party and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband is not a 'spread' kind of guy, but he really liked Ina's salmon spread! I was out of fresh dill, so I used dried, and I did use a little more horseradish. I think this will be a great appetizer for my next get-together! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this all the time! If you just like a slight smoked salmon flavor, this is the spread for you! So elegant and so easy. I add a lot of horseradish to balance all the dairy flavor, about 3 tsp. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor of the smoked salmon is overcome by all the dairy in the recipe. I found this to be more of a "dip" than a spread. If you like smoked salmon, double the amount. Or omit the sour cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled this recipe for a Christmas cocktail party. I bought little garlic toasts and piped the spread onto the crusts. Topped them with a bit of salmon and a sprig of dill. They were wonderful! I had many requests for the recipe! I had a very small amount left and took it to another party the next day in a bowl topped with salmon, dill and capers! YUM! Served it with crackers! Excellent and easy recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a salmon eater so I relied on my husband to be my taster. He wasn't especially fond of the spread when I first made it. He felt the cream cheese overwhelmed it. But, then I remembered Ina saying, when she made it on the show, that it's even better if it sits for a few days. I waited 2 days after making it and my husband said it was terrific. I served it with cocktail pumpernickel bread and everyone loved it. My over night guests even spread it on English muffins the next morning at breakfast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have served this for various parties and it is always a hit. Over time, I have learned that doubling or tripling the amount of smoked salmon to cream cheese works best at parties. It gives you that salty appetizer that goes well with cocktails. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ina, you have proven once again you just can't get better than this!! It's so easy, and I have yet to find anyone who isn't totally impressed with this appetizer I thank you so much for making my life easier! I love your show.... you just make me smile. Thanks again. Linn Seattle item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe countless times and decided I needed to add my praise! It is ALWAYS perfect - I admit I personally use reduced fat cream cheese (1/3 less fat) and light sour cream and I think it is wonderful (as does everyone who has asked for the recipe!)I also usually use a hard smoked salmon rather than soft,(I usually have this in my pantry since I am originally from Seattle!) so, as it is a much saltier product (I think) I never add salt. But the rest I add just as is - just polished off the last of what I made over the weekend (after sending a guest home with her share!) YUMMY! This is our keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this spread for a New Year's Eve party. It was a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so delicious. I use the smoked salmon from Trader Joe's that has dill already on it to make it real easy. Everyone I make this for loves it. Easy and yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was hopeful that this recipe would make me change my opinion regarding salmon. It didn't. I still don't like salmon. However, it was a really big hit at the party. Everyone else loved it. I put dollops atop sliced english cucumbers as a kind of take on salmon mousse. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a no fail dip. Great for parties, to spread on bagels, on pita chips. I have made this for several parties and it is always a hit. Definitely use fresh not dried dill, in my opinion it does make a difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this salmon spread for a family of 6 Italians who had never eaten salmon before and the just loved it Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We saw it on Barefoot Contessa and it looked great. It is great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always serve this when entertaining-and it is the first dish to go. I double it because it is great on a bagel the next day!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this and tasted it and thought --eww! So I let it sit overnight in the fridge and still didn't love it. My company was less discriminating--they ate it but there was a lot left. I think the problem was that it only slightly tasted like salmon and that the sourcream/cream cheese taste was too strong so if I ever make again I would need to adjust this. I just think there are better dips and spreads out there and in my file so I doubt I'd make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. I added a little chopped green onion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Rave reviews.....would add a little more salmon next time. Thanks for the recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make and so delicious. We actually prefer this with either hard smoked salmon, rather than lox, or better yet as a way to use up leftover poached or roasted salmon from the night before. If using fresh and not smoked salmon we double the amount of salmon and add a bit of ground sea salt to the recipe. We also like to add more horseradish than the recipe calls for to, as another review said, add some extra zip. This is a lovely pairing with sparkling wine before a meal and it everyone seems to love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For the very little prep time you get surprisingly delicious results. There is never any left whenever I prepare it for family or guests. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for friends last night and it was a big hit. I didn't change a thing. It is so easy to make and great with crackers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a family get-together and it was a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to follow and extremely tasty. Friends begged for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This smoked salmon spread is easy, elligant and sure to please! Very good with crudite recipe! Ina is awesome!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has become a staple for every family get together. The first time I made it everyone fell in love with it and now I can't come to a family get together without it. We absolutely love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Woke up starving and had to have something "salmon." I had all of the ingredients on hand except smoked salmon/fresh dill. So, I used a can of salmon, added some Liquid Smoke and dried dill. It was yummy on Triscuits. The only down side was I had to brush my teeth again before falling back to sleep. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We ended up adding about 6 ounces of smoked salmon to make sure that the taste came through. Due to the saltiness of the fish, we omitted the salt altogether. Otherwise, no changes needed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great easy little spread. I added a little extra horseradish than the recipe called for to give a little extra zip. item not reviewed by moderator and published
All I can say is every time I make this dip, it's the first thing to disappear and people ALWAYS demand the recipe. Go easy on the salt, especially if using non-Norway salmon. I only gave it 4 stars (it rightly deserves 5) b/c it's so fattening but delicious. next time I'm going to try reduced fat sour cream. i'd love to use non-fat but I'm scared people will kill me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make definitely, but on the bland side. Could barely taste the smoked salmon; mostly what you get is the cream cheese and the sour cream. If you like cream cheese and sour cream-based dips, you'll probably like it more than I did. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A little too salty maybe it was the salmon that I used. I make a shrimp dip that has similar ingredients and it is much better item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is delicious.. i didn't change a thing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful, easy, delicious. I got rave reviews from all my party guests. This is going in my permanent recipe collection. By the way, my recipe did not print landscape, like one of the reviewers complained about. Sounds like that person's print settings must have been adjusted unknowingly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this a few times and it is easy and wonderful. Great for parties or just for a few people. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Totally yummy and so easy to make! Perfect appetizer. My guests loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is by far the best salmon spread I've ever had. It's easy to make and is a hit each time I've made it. It's not overwhelmingly fishy, so even those who aren't sure about salmon can enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This spread is great for a snack, parties or even an elegant picnic. It is quick and easy, I don't even use the mixer so less clean-up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW!!! YUMMMM!!!! Great recipe!!! Dinner guest for 12 and all wanted the recipe!!! THanks INA!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We liked this spread, although we weren't able to get fresh dill in our small local grocery, so next time we'll try that. We also had it on sourdough bread, which overpowered the spread a bit, something like italian bread would have been better. In an attempt to make it slightly healthier, we used reduced fat cream cheese, which tastes the same to us. Overall, this was a delicious spread and we would make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It took just ten minutes to put this together. I used about a third of a pound of locally caught hot smoked wild salmon. The salt was not needed. I recommend that you mix everything except the salt first to see if the salt is needed. If you soften the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds this can be mixed with a fork - no electric mixing bowl and beater to wash. I added a tablespoon of drained capers for color, taste, and texture. This would taste good with any smoked fish but the color would not be as nice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband and we both loved it. So I tried it on some very picky friends. They couldn't stop talking about it and insisted on the recipe before they left. Thanks Ina. You're the best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 4 year old and I saw this recipe on TV and couldn't wait to try it. Since we didn't have any smoked salmon, we substituted crispy bacon and used fresh cilantro instead of the dill. Absolutely fantastic! We served it with toasty sourdough bread for a delicious snack. I'm excited to try more variations -- and to try the original smoked salmon version! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a keeper! We smoke our own salmon here in Powell River, BC. It was difficult to get guests to stop eating the salmon before the spread was ready. Those who waited were well satisfied. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this. My husband LOVED it. The sublety of the blended flavors actually led him to ask me what was in it? An absolute first time event after 39 years. We ate it the first day on toasted baguettes. The second time, we had it was on rye toastpoints. It was delicious with both. This is a KEEPER! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great dish for a light snack type dinner or an appatiser. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this recipe prepared by Ina this morning. I just had to try it. How wonderful, easy and refreshing this is. I chilled the spread and served it on warm, toasted baguettes. Thumbs up!! Thanks Ina for another wonderful recipe :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Nice. The lemon & horseradish in this recipe are a perfect blend. Yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If it is kept cold it will last at least a week. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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