Smoked Salmon Rillettes with Rye Toasts

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound smoked salmon

1/2 cup extra-virginolive oil, plus more as needed 

15 to 20 heirloom cherry tomatoes in assorted colors, halved

1 cucumber, finely diced 

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 

1 teaspoon drained capers 

1 lemon, juiced 

1/2 loaf crusty rye bread, sliced and cut into crostini 

4 bunches scallions, chopped

2 ounces vodka 

1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

Parsley or celery leaves, for garnish 


Special equipment:
pastry bag (or resealable plastic bag); four 8-ounce mason jars
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine the smoked salmon and 1/2 cup olive oil in a food processor and process until the mixture is spreadable. Transfer to a pastry bag (or resealable plastic bag with a corner snipped) and divide the salmon rillette equally among four 8-ounce mason jars. Set aside and wipe out the food processor.
  3. Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and capers in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil and stir to combine. Top the rillettes with the tomato mixture to fill the jars.
  4. Brush the crostini with olive oil, transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden and toasted, about 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, lightly coat a large skillet with olive oil and heat over high heat. Add the scallions and cook, stirring, until translucent. Add the vodka and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, until the skillet is almost dry. 
  6. Transfer the scallions to a food processor, add the cream cheese and process until fully incorporated. Spread the scallion cream cheese on the crostini, sprinkle the rillettes with parsley and serve.