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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's nine 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).
1. Smoked Salmon Hash with Lemon-Parsley Vinaigrette
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.
2. Smoked Salmon with Caviar on Cucumber
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.
3. Smoked Salmon and Mozzarella Calzone
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.
4. Smoked and Steamed Salmon Rillettes
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.
5. Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, and Caviar Potato Skins
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.
6. Smoked Salmon Potato Tartine
Smoked salmon, goat cheese, and hard boiled egg are perfectly lovely on top of a tartine. But what really helps this recipe go the extra mile is the crispy potato base (called a darphin), which elevates it into something extraordinary. Get the recipe here.
7. Smoked Salmon Crème Fraîche Tart with a Cornmeal Millet Crust
Bacon in a quiche is lovely, but salmon truly brings all the smoky flavor your heart could desire. Get the recipe here.
8. Smoked Salmon Lavash Pizza
By using lavash flatbread, the combo of capers, onion, and smoked salmon goes from a handheld bagel classic to a shareable feast for friends. Get the recipe here.
9. Smoked Salmon Salad in Avocado Boats
This ingenious creation of salmon stuffed into an avocado is for anyone whoever wanted to eat their smoked salmon by the heaping, heavy spoonful. Get the recipe here.
Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University's program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.