I had the opportunity to sample some smoked salmon at the grocery store a while back. I thought it was delicious and bought some. But what to do with it? Smoked salmon is usually served on or in some sort of cream cheese mixture. However, cream cheese has moderate amounts of lactose, so I wanted to come up with a replacement.
At first I just tried mayo, which was good, but was lacking that cheesy flavor. I decided to add some cheddar cheese into the mix. It turned out to be an awesome choice. This smoked salmon and sharp cheddar combination is so addictive. Be sure to have a lot of crackers on hand to serve it with!
I found that Morey's brand of smoked salmon, the "Classic" variety, does not contain any FODMAP ingredients. As for crackers, I like Glutino Table Crackers (pictured) or Blue Diamond Nut Thins. Both are a very mild tasting cracker, the perfect vehicle for this bold tasting spread.
Smoked Salmon & Cheddar Spread
makes about 1 cup
4 to 5 ounces smoked salmon
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (white or yellow)
1/2 cup light mayonnaise (I like Hellmann's)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 thinly sliced scallion, green top only
- Remove skin from salmon and discard. Combine the salmon, cheese, mayonnaise and lemon juice in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in the dill, chives and scallion.
- Serve with your choice of low-FODMAP crackers.