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Smoked Salmon Spread Appetizer with Cucumber Saketini Cocktail

Another January and another Christmas. My Christmas was very quiet, just the way I like it. In fact my New Year's Eve was also a quiet one. When this month's Cooking Light Supper Club theme was tapas it was perfect for my quiet evening at home. Both of my recipes are adapted from Cooking Light. I am intrigued by all these choices. All right up my alley!

Check out the rest of our menu. Pass your curser each recipe over and you will find the link.

Valerie at More Than Burnt Toast has made these amazing Kibbeh Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt Sauce paired with a Pomegranate Gin Sling

Shelby at Grumpy's Honeybunch made this yummy Roasted Tomato Soup Shooters and serving with sauvignon blanc.

Sandi at Whistlestop Cafe shares a sweet with Gingered Crème Brulée. This sounds absolutely delicious. I can see enjoying an ice wine or sauternes with this.

Smoked Salmon Spread

1 lb. cold or hot smoked salmon, divided
3/4 c. reduced-fat sour cream
1 tsp. finely grated lemon rind
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. chopped fresh chives
Chopped fresh chives (optional) 

Place half of salmon, sour cream, rind, juice, cardamom, and pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth. Transfer salmon mixture to a bowl.

Coarsely chop remaining salmon, and fold into salmon mixture. Gently fold in 1/4 cup chives. Cover and chill. Garnish with additional chopped chives, if desired.

Cucumber Saketini

3 oz. gin
1/2 oz. sake
5 thin slices of cucumber 
3 fresh basil leaves, plus sprig for garnish 
In a shaker with ice, mix together the gin and sake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with the cucumber. Add the basil to the shaker before straining. Garnish with a small basil sprig, if desired. Makes 1 serving.


  1. Excellent pairing Sarah. It sounds like it would be the perfect combination. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. I love the sound of that saketini! I think I might have some sake!

    1. Never thought of using sake before. Nice little change up.

  3. I'm a fan of both smoked salmon and the gin martini ... have you ever tried Hendrick's gin? Very good concoction! I love the fact that you had a quiet and relaxing New Years Eve - that our favorite way of bringing in the new year too! Nice little small plate for our tapas evening!

    1. Susan, I have a bottle of Hendrick's in the house as I write. Love it.

  4. Your salmon spread looks wonderful; I'll bet it would be a nice addition to the cheese tastings my future son-in-law loves. My grandmother drank martinis every night throughout my memory, but I've never tried one. Your saketini looks like a nice variation.

  5. Oh that looks so refreshing and good. Excellent treat for the New Year. Mine was quiet too!!


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