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Friday, June 18, 2010

Smoked Salmon Quesadillas - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a lovely, quick appetizer that has great eye appeal. While it's easy to prepare, it's stylish enough for guests and will be loved by family and friends alike. Many of you are familiar with a version of this appetizer that is served on thinly sliced rye bread. I use fried flour tortillas to make mine. The base recipe uses goat cheese as a pillow for thinly sliced smoked salmon. Whipped cream cheese or mascarpone can be substituted for the chevre and herbs other than dill can also be used. This is one of my favorite informal appetizers and I make it a point to keep the ingredients need to make it on hand. Smoked salmon is plentiful here in the Pacific Northwest and it is slightly less expensive than in other areas of the country. Folks with a fisherman in the neighborhood are luckier still, as the bounty of our rivers is often shared. It takes about 15 minutes to make this dish. If you try it, I think you'll agree that it is time well spent. Here's the recipe.

Smoked Salmon Quesadillas
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
3 ounces chevre or whipped cream cheese
1 tablespoon well-drained prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh dill or chives
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 (7-inch) flour tortillas
4 to 6 ounces smoked salmon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions
:
1) Combine cheese, horseradish, and 1 teaspoon dill or chives in a small bowl. Beat with a spoon until smooth and well-blended. Blend in salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
2) Heat oil in an 8-inch skillet set over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Fry tortillas, one at a time, until both sides are lightly brown, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
3) Spread 3 generous teaspoons of cheese mixture on each tortilla. Arrange smoked salmon slices over over cheese. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon reserved dill or chives. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice. Cut each tortilla into six pieces and serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Ravioli with Smoked Salmon and Vodka Cream Sauce - One Perfect Bite
Smoked Salmon Frittata - One Perfect Bite
Salmon Burgers with Chipotle Aioli and Pineapple Avocado Salsa
Buckwheat Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche - The Recipe Girl
Smoked Salmon Chowder - Mennonite Girls Can Cook
Smoked Salmon Costini - Yum Sugar

This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

66 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

love these beautiful quesadillas...have a wonderful weekend mary, take care.

Rue said...

Nice - it looks like a cute, mini pizza! Perfect lunch!

Monet said...

I saw this and thought, "Wow". This looks amazing, and I'm sure it tastes even better. We just tried some smoked salmon at the farmer's market yesterday, and I can only imagine how good it would taste in this recipe.

Sarah B. said...

This looks delicious!!! I will probably be making it this week!!! Great Recipe & Photo!

Susi said...

What a great idea! Can't wait to make this myself :o) I bet it is delicious with a nice glass of white wine!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Buongiorno Mary,
devo dire che questo inizio giorno in rosa, mi piace molto.
Adoro il salmone :-)

Dave said...

Teena would love these. I may have to make some for her if she buys me some smoked salmon. Salmon is quite expensive here in Australia though. Thanks for the recipe Mary.

chamki said...

I love this recipe, the combination of cream cheese and horseradish with salmon is mouth watering! Thank you. Have a wonderful week end!

Jeannie said...

15 minutes to prepare such a wonderful, tasty looking quesadillas! That's fast!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I looooooove smoked salmon, quick and easy to prepare, just my sort of thing. Diane

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

I loomk foward to ur pink saturdays and u have notched them up with delicious Salmon.
Love them , and so so beautiful!
Have a super weekend !

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, I love this type of easy, go-to appetizer. Just perfect for last minute guests. Thank you
xoxo Pattie

Angie's Recipes said...

I could eat these smoked salmon quesadillas as the main meal! They look gorgeous.

tatabonita said...

It makes my tummy grumbling. Your quesadillas looks so tempting! I love it Mary :D

Elena said...

'Quick & easy' is always appealing - even more so the recipe. Yum!

Have a great week.

ciao for now,
Elena :)

A Year on the Grill said...

MARY... I just bought some salmon for an eggs Benedict experiment... You will be seeing this on my blog soon.

Great look, easy and will taste fabulous!

Foodessa said...

At my home, we consider smoked salmon a small luxury...therefore, a real treat indeed!
What a nice presentation Mary.
Have a great weekend.
Flavourful wishes, Claudia

Joanne said...

I'm pretty sure this couldn't work as an appetizer in my house. Mainly because I would eat it all before the guests arrived! Sounds and looks delicious!

Julie said...

I love all things salmon. These look delicious. Happy Pink Saturday!!

Joe Ambrosino said...

Shows you how much I know;I thought quesadillas had to be covered and baked.

Chef E said...

Okay, is it wrong to want this for breakfast! LOL

ButterYum said...

Hi Mary - In my part of the country I can only get large quantities of smoked salmon, so I'm always looking for ways to use it. This is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

:)
ButterYum

Ana Powell said...

Wow, your work is awesome.
Happy Pink Saturday ♥

bellini valli said...

Salmon would be my choice for Pink Saturday Mary:D This is an exceptional appetizer.

Ayelet said...

The smoked salmon Quesadillas looks delicious!
Salmon toasts is one of my favorite appetizers, I used to make these in my restaurant days on toasted pita triangles, although I didn’t use horseradish which is a fantastic idea!

Elena said...

mil gracias por tus palabras ,,me hago seguidora y asi vere tus maravillas,,un abrazo.

From the Kitchen said...

Ah, a lower calorie version of lox, bagel and cream cheese. I might toss in a few capers when I do this treat. Thanks!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best,
Bonnie

My Little Space said...

Oh these sound simply delicious and cute too! What a great snack for this football season. =o) Hope you're having a great weekend, Mary. & Happy Father's Day to Bob!
With Love, Kristy

Emmalene said...

These sound simply delicious- I love the combination of smoked salmon and cream cheese, on blinis usually, but any bread product will do!
I made chicken quesadillas the other day- a bit of a misnomer as they should just be cheese, but they were good nonetheless:

http://cocinadelina.blogspot.com/2010/06/when-i-lived-in-cordoba-there-was.html

Have a wonderful week Mary, from Emmalene

Carla and Michael said...

These look beautiful. I've made and eaten a great many quesadillas, though never with salmon or shrimp. I've seen a great many people use seafood in them, but I don't know why I'm so hesitant to try it.
Thanks for the beautiful recipe.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

How elegant!! Looks wonderful!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

What a great appetizer!!

Nina said...

Love your blog too!!! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a message.

RecipeGirl said...

Yummy! Thanks for the linky love!

Cooking with Kait said...

Great pink Saturday recipe Mary. I love that it only takes 15 minutes to put together.

Lyndsey said...

This is right up my ally! I love quick, easy, and tasty recipes that look impressive. I am bookmarking this one!

LifestyleBohemia said...

This recipe is going right into my recipe folder - it looks amazing & so perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing this one!
Have a lovely weekend!
xx

Priya said...

Such a tempting and droolworthy quesadillas, never tried smoke salmon in cooking apart from having as appetiziers with blinis..

Pacheco Patty said...

Hi Mary, thanks for visiting me! I love your blog and signed up to follow you on the Google reader. Your quesadillas look delicious and I also caught a glimpse of your previous post, I have to go check that out as well, take care, Patty

Jen_from_NJ said...

You are so fortunate to have such great salmon available. I generally buy salmon at Costco, which is farm raised. I love this appetizer idea. The quesadillas are perfect with the smoked salmon, cream cheese and I love the horseradish with it!

Big Dude said...

That looks just delicious

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mary, you have absolutely done it again! Now, I will want this for dinner tonight. You better be glad that I don't live around the corner, or I would be camped on your doorstep! ;-)

Happy Pink Saturday to you...

XO,

Sheila

June said...

Oh my - one of my very favorite things to eat along with a glass of very cold Pinot Gris. Great idea on the horseradish. I'll be giving that a try very soon. Thanks Mary!

tasteofbeirut said...

What a wonderful appetizer! I made it a while back with pita triangles but it is also delicious with these fried flour tortillas! Love the cheese you used too!

Kerstin said...

Such a pretty appetizer - it would be the hit of a party!

Nina Timm said...

Clearly you are a lover of salmon....great little snack!!!

Valérie said...

Oh, I love smoked salmon! I've made literal quesadillas with it (pressed between two tortillas with melting cheese and cooked in a pan), but I prefer this kind, because this way the salmon doesn't cook. This must make a wonderful impression on guests!

Devaki said...

Dear Mary - Just what I was looking for!

I have guests coming next weekend for dinner and I have the main figured out but was still toying with an appetizer.

I just must make this! THANKS!!!!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Pecados da mesa said...

Olá amiga;
Eu gosto muito da sua receita.
Hummm que delicia!
Beijo!

Maria Puala-BRASIL-

deana@lostpastremembered said...

that just looks so refreshing and tasty... I can whip up tortillas anytime... the horseradish is especially delicious with that smoked salmon...great idea, Mary!

Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog said...

Mary what wonderful appetizer salmon and quesadillas all together - yum yum!

Thanks for stopping by at my blog and I wish you a great weekend :)

Gera

nannykim said...

Looks so grand--I can't have the rich cream cheese because of the high fat content--I suppose I could substitute--but it would not be the same. Happy Pink Saturday.

Pam said...

I already have planned that the next time I smoke something in my smoker, I'm going to include some salmon!

~Dana said...

Looks delicious!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Thanks, Mary, for your thoughtful comments on my blog. This appetizer looks like my style - simple, pretty and delicious. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weeknd. Glenda

Ann said...

Looks so tempting!

Debinhawaii said...

A perfect dish for a light lunch or appetizer. Love the tortillas as the base.

Becky said...

Mary, your quesadilla is jumping off the page at me. I just made Lomi Lomi, but will keep this in mind for the next time I get smoked salmon. Thank you for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday!

Cherine said...

This looks great. Love the quesadillas!

Clementina said...

Hola, Mary!
Salmon smoked Quesadillas? Dios mio de me vida, they sound muy divinos! Although I am a Mexican food purist, I think I can break with tradition a have a taste or two or three!
Clementina

my boyfriend cooks for me said...

This is such a lovely take on a classic combination.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I am always on the lookout for impressive dishes, and it's a bonus when they don't take long! You always have such a great array of recipes to offer on your blog!

baking.serendipity said...

My grandfather is going fishing for salmon in Alaska, and so I'm on the hunt for fantastic salmon recipes. This one is definitely a keeper!

Pondside said...

We love smoked salmon any way it comes - I'll have to add this to my repertoire of appetizers - thank you!

DailyChef said...

yummmm. Looks so delicious and fresh.

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