Happy Salmon Saturday. This past Tuesday, we hosted our monthly Wine Time gathering with our good friends, “the usual suspects.” For my contribution I served my favorite smoked salmon appetizer, a simple idea that I took away from a dinner years ago at Grand Lake Lodge. A simple platter of buttery crackers, a chunk of Smoked Salmon Belly that I picked up at Tony’s Market, some Colby or Cheddar Cheese served with a Horseradish Sauce. I’ve have a huge block of Tillamook Colby Jack cheese on hand, so that’s what you see in the photo.
The horseradish sauce is simple, Just start with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and add prepared Horseradish to the level of heat that you can tolerate, a teaspoon at a time until it’s to your liking. We’re fans, so my version is strong with flavor. To serve, slather a cracker with the sauce, top with a slice of cheese and a piece of smoked salmon. A really nice flavor combination.
Now that we’ve got our appetizer ready, let’s get the party started.
We’ll start with the usual suspects.
Add an incredible Spanish Toro from Numanthia Termes. Termes the Number Two wine on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 in 2009. Priced around $30, it’s a huge value. If you ever find a bottle, grab it and love it.
Kathy brought this serrano chile, nectarine and feta cheese crostini that she prepared when they arrived. This is a recipe she found from Dara over at Cookn’ Canuck. A salty and sweet combo, this was a flavorful pairing for the Termes. Great find Kathy, I’ll be making this one in the future.
A wine tasting party wouldn’t be complete without a cheese board. We’ve got one of my favorites, Parrano and some Blue. And by the way, Parrano has a smooth unforgettable flavor that pairs very well with fruit. If you haven’t tried it, you owe yourself a treat. Whose reflection is in the cheese knife? Looks like Dan being a photo bomb.
Kathy brought this incredible Blue Cheese, mushroom and cream dip. Fabulous on crackers, Teri and I both agreed it would be great drizzled on steak or chicken. I must get the recipe from her.
I ended up with the little cowboy boot wine charm and with our little cowpokes looking on, it was a great party and special time with our friends.
Smoked Salmon Appetizer…It’s What’s for Salmon Saturday.