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
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
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
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