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Smoked Salmon & Dill Pâté

 In Lunch, Salads & Starters, Seafood, Snacks

Smoked Salmon 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.

Smoked Salmon Pâté

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 richI 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.

Smoked Salmon Pâté

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.


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Smoked Salmon & Dill Pâté
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Recipe type: Appetiser, hors d'oeuvre, Starter, Snack
Serves: 6-8
  • 100g smoked salmon
  • 100g plain cream cheese
  • 250ml sour cream
  • 50g soft butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • salt & white pepper to taste
  1. 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.
  2. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  3. Pour into bowls/jars and refrigerate until set.
  4. Serve with bread/crackers of your choice.
I used my new Kitchen Aid food processor to make the Pâté. The food processor is available from This is not a sponsored post but TAKEALOT were incredibly generous and sent me the processor.

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  • Machel Mare

    We usually spend Christmas eve together as a family. The children receive their Christmas presents and everyone bring a snack that is special. Mine this Christmas will be your pate. Brilliant and so easy and tasty also the gorgonzola balls. Thanks

    • Alida Ryder

      What a magical Christmas Eve. 🙂 I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe!

  • afracooking

    This recipes looks very tasty and your pictures are just stunning!

  • Zirkie

    Dit klink heerlik en maklik!! Jy is so lucky – ek love die Kitchen Aid Food processors!! Veral in pienk!!

    • Alida Ryder

      Dankie Zirkie. Ja, ek is baie lucky. Dit is ‘n stunning processor!

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