I’ve been a bit frazzled by work and taxes and travel and… It’s been a busy time in my life. I had a meeting one night last week and our group’s tradition is that we all bring something to munch on while we meet. I usually seize this opportunity to create something interesting or to try out a new recipe. Deadlines looming, I simply didn’t have time. Enter my wonderful husband. He prepared this smoked salmon spread for me to take and packed it in a cooler along with crackers and a serving plate. It was a huge hit. Someone at the meeting even offered me $50 for a second container of spread to take home!
This recipe comes from Denise Austin’s Eat Carbs, Lose Weight (affiliate link). She suggests serving the smoked salmon spread with thinly sliced pumpernickel bread, but I like it on crackers, cucumber rounds, or celery sticks. You can eat it for breakfast, as a between-meal snack, or as an appetizer. I frequently make a double batch because it disappears quickly.
This spread is a good source of Protein, Vitamin B12, and Selenium. It is a bit high in Saturated Fat and Sodium. You could reduce the fat content by using nonfat cream cheese, if desired.
Don’t forget to count the carbs/calories of whatever you serve this with! I really like it with Vinta brand crackers (16g carbs/140 calories per 4 crackers) or gluten-free Nut-Thins (22g carb per 13 crackers).
Smoked Salmon Spread
- 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
- 3 ounces smoked salmon coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
- 2 tablespoons green onions coarsely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Place cream cheese in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is incorporated.
Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to develop.
Low-carb serving option: Skip the crackers and serve with cucumber rounds or celery sticks.
Nutrition facts per serving (2 tablespoons)