Smoked Salmon & Dill Pâté
I really am easy to impress. I’ve been told my whole life that I’m ‘high maintenance’ and that I’m ‘difficult’ and I honestly don’t know what these people are on about. Yes, I do like things done a certain way and I spend more money on shoes than I should but in all honesty, all it takes to make me happy is good bread, good cheese, a Pâté and a few glasses of Muscato. Especially at this time of the year. Everyone is starting to feel the ‘Holiday vibes’ and all I really want is to lie under a tree and do nothing but relax.
Of course, I can’t go longer than an hour or so without nibbling on something so this really is the perfect thing to have in your fridge, all Summer long. It goes perfectly with thick slices of slighly toasted sourdough bread. The bread ever so slightly chewy, the Pâté smooth and rich. I also like it spread onto crackers or even eaten by the teaspoon when I pass the fridge. Yes, it is not the healthiest spread you could choose but over Christmas I believe we’re allowed a little indulgence.
If you have a good food processor, this really could not be easier. It’s more of an assembly job then. I used my Kitchen Aid food processor for this and I can tell you, it took all of 10 seconds for the Pâté to be smooth with just the right amount of flecks of green dill and coral salmon. I flavoured it lightly with sea salt flakes and some freshly ground white pepper. You could of course use black pepper but I have fallen back in love with white pepper. It is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable flavours of my childhood but my mom used to buy the ready-ground variety which used to make me sneeze with it’s over-powering powderiness. Grinding the pale peppercorns yourself results in a lovely gentle flavour, not as strong as black pepper but still adding enough hum to the Pâté. Just delicious.
- 100g smoked salmon
- 100g plain cream cheese
- 250ml sour cream
- 50g soft butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill
- salt & white pepper to taste
- Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend until the mixture is well blended and as smooth as you'd like it.
- Adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Pour into bowls/jars and refrigerate until set.
- Serve with bread/crackers of your choice.