I hated salmon until I was in college. And smoked salmon is really only a recent thing. Yes, it’s taken me until the age of 30 to start enjoying smoked salmon. My dad would think that’s sacrilegious, but what can I say? Since having the lox and cream cheese bagel at Smorgasburg LA last summer, however, I’ve had a new albeit small appreciation for smoked salmon. The salmon on that bagel was buttery – sushi-quality really. I’m still not sure I could handle any run of the mill lox, but good quality smoked salmon and I’m all there! This easy smoked salmon tartine is my first homemade dish with the fish and to say my husband loved it and was overjoyed is an understatement…
On our long trek to Zimbabwe, we had a three hour layover in Amsterdam that turned into seven hours with the flight delay. I was tired and anti-social, but one highlight of that terribly long layover was the lunch (I don’t actually know what time my body thought it was, so we’ll call it lunch). My mom and brother picked out open-faced salmon sandwiches to share. I didn’t care about too much at this point and at least it sounded light. What it was, however, was kind of amazing. There was a hint (I really mean a hint) of horseradish in the cheese spread that gave it a whole new level of flavor but didn’t overpower it at all. The recipe below has a small amount of horseradish in it – what I think is just the right amount of the strong flavor to be present but not overwhelming. If you’re into horseradish, then by all means add more! I want to say that each of these toppings (lemon zest, capers, tarragon, and poppy seeds) is optional on this easy smoked salmon tartine, but I don’t really want too. They each complement the salmon perfectly and I really think it’s a complete package. And since the recipe is so easy, spend the time on the finishing touches!
Milk & Eggs recently sent me some fun new ingredients to check out, including this delicious Blue Hill smoked salmon and an almond-milk based cream cheese like spread from Kite Hill. The recipe below calls for goat cheese or cream cheese, but this dish was super delicious with the dairy-free spread as well. Obviously the yogurt isn’t dairy-free, but you could omit that if you like. The yogurt helps with creaminess and adds just a hint of tartness that I enjoy a lot.
SMOKED SALMON TARTINE
My love for tartines is usually reinvigorated every time I travel abroad. In this case, it was an extended layover in the Amsterdam Airport. These smoked salmon tartines are top notch because of a bit of horseradish added to the creamy cheese. It can't be beat!
- 6 slices bread
- 1 cup goat cheese or cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons horseradish more to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 4 oz. smoked salmon
- lemon zest
- fresh tarragon
- poppy seeds optional
- Toast bread slices to desired doneness.*
- Meanwhile, combine goat cheese, horseradish, chives, and yogurt.
- Divide goat cheese spread on toasts. Top with smoked salmon.
- Garnish with lemon zest, capers, tarragon, and poppy seeds.
- Best if enjoyed immediately, but keeps well covered in the refrigerator for enjoyment later.
*Toasts can be made ahead of time. After removed from the toaster, let cool completely on wire rack.
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Thank you Milk & Eggs for gifting me the ingredients for this recipe.