Dips and appetizers are a staple for the holidays. In 2020, we will not be having the large holiday parties and gatherings, but we can still enjoy our favorite foods and traditions in our homes.
Ina Garten’s Smoked Salmon Dip is an easy, delicious dip that last well in the refrigerator for a day or two. Smoked Salmon is a favorite of mine, anytime of year, but dip time is holiday time!
SMOKED SALMON DIP
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
- 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 and/or crackers.
RECIPE FROM INA GARTEN
Raspberries have always been my favorite fruit. My Mother grew red and black raspberries on the farm. When we moved into our home in 1988 we, too, planted red raspberries in our yard. Very few raspberries make their way into the house, instead being consumed right there on the spot.
Through the years I’ve tasted several wonderful commercial raspberry salsas and it was time to make one from scratch. Several recipes call for tomatoes but I’m a raspberry purist and didn’t want to ruin the tart, tangy goodness of fresh raspberries.
The salsa was good with tortilla chips (I’m thinking a cinnamon chip would be great with it!) and as a side to fresh grilled salmon. The salsa would be wonderful with a grilled or broiled chicken breast as well.
Our summer bounty will fast come to a close so enjoy while you can! Also try the fresh peach or tomato salsas:
Fresh Tomato Salsa
FRESH RASPBERRY SALSA
2 cups fresh raspberries
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
3 tsp. finely chopped jalapeno chile peppers
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Combine raspberries, sweet onion, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, white sugar and lime juice.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving.
- Optional: Mash berries slightly before chilling and garnish with whole raspberries.
Salmon is a favorite and flavorful, skinny recipes are even better. Easy, tasty and skinny. Can’t beat that!
SALMON BALL APPETIZER
2 cups canned salmon, drained, flaked, and skin/bones removed
8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon finely shopping onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 cup chopped almonds
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- Combine the salmon, cream cheese, onion, lemon juice, horseradish, salt and liquid smoke. Mix thoroughly. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours until firm. Form into a ball.
- In a separate bowl, combine the almonds and parsley. Roll the salmon ball into the almond/parsley mixture. Refrigerate an hour until chilled.
- Serve with vegetables (or crackers).
Recipe adapted from The South Beach Diet Cookbook