Smoked salmon is so incredibly delicious that sometimes it feels like you could eat it for every meal and not get bored. Yet it’s rare that you see it used as much other than as a bagel topping or as a part of an appetizing spread. That’s got to change. Its salty and rich flavor demands to be paired up with all manner of things creamy or breaded. Here are 11 ideas for using smoked salmon that cover breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner (if someone ever manages to successfully serve it for dessert, they deserve a genius award).
These golden brown potatoes get all sorts of smoky from the addition of salmon. Drizzled with a lemony vinaigrette, they have just enough tartness to keep things bright and perky. Get our Smoked Salmon Hash with Lemon-Parsley Vinaigrette recipe.
These elegant hors d’oeurves practically sing of luxury. Impress your guests by serving them at your next cocktail party. Get our Smoked Salmon with Caviar on Cucumber recipe.
Forget what you’ve heard about never pairing seafood with cheese, because this odd-sounding combo is legitimately delicious. Melted mozzarella, diced tomato, and slices of smoked salmon mingle into something amazingly oozy when packed into these calzone pockets. Get our Smoked Salmon and Mozzarella Calzone recipe.
These anise-accented smoked salmon rilettes are excellent for spreading on pieces of baguette—bring them to your next picnic a la française. Get our Smoked and Steamed Salmon Rillettes recipe.
Think of these as blue collar snacks with luxury aspirations. Mashing up potato skins with smoked salmon and caviar, they’re not afraid to embrace the best of both worlds. Get our Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, and Caviar Potato Skins recipe.
Smoked salmon pairs perfectly with rich hollandaise and a runny poached egg in this twist on the classic brunch staple. Get the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict recipe.
A Dutch baby, also known as a German pancake, is often sweet with powdered sugar and berries, but the eggy cloud also welcomes savory flavors, like tangy crème fraîche and smoky salmon. Get the Dutch Baby with Smoked Salmon recipe.
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The little pancakes known as blini are usually made with buckwheat, but cornmeal adds extra texture and flavor. Top them with crème fraîche, silky cold-smoked salmon, and a dollop of fancy fish eggs. Get our Cornmeal Blini with Caviar recipe.
A crispy-crunchy potato latke, still hot, topped with a cool, satiny piece of briny smoked salmon is pretty much perfection. Add a little sour cream with snipped dill stirred in for good measure. Get our Crispy Latke recipe.
If you just can’t quit the bagel, this ingenious casserole combines everything you love about bagels and lox in one great make-ahead dish. This is sure to impress a crowd of friends or family for breakfast or brunch, but be sure to use everything bagels for the best flavor—or, if you only have plain, add a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning blend. Get the Smoked Salmon and Bagel Breakfast Casserole recipe.
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