Smoked Salmon Spread

We are back from vacation!  It was a lovely three weeks....a time of relaxation, hiking, fishing, crabbing, berry picking and looking at the view!  Siltcoos Lake, Oregon is our favorite spot to get away from the world.  We stay on the backside of the lake....there is a beautiful drive from the coast to this isolated spot....we travel down a one lane, winding road but to us, it is worth the drive.

While we were in Oregon, Mr. T. visited a friend in North Bend to do a little salmon fishing and, wow, he caught a 34 inch King Salmon!  I see some great salmon dishes in our future.  Prior to the big catch, we visited the Oregon Lox Company outside of Eugene and purchased some yummy lox and smoked salmon.

I had a little left when we got home so I put together this Smoked Salmon Spread for us to enjoy.

Smoked Salmon Spread
adapted from Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Ina Garten

8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature (I used reduced fat cream cheese.)
1/2 cup sour cream (I used reduced fat sour cream.)
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp fresh dill, minced
1 tsp prepared horseradish, drained
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 pound smoked salmon, minced

Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese until just smooth.  Add the sour cream, lemon juice, dill, horseradish, salt, and pepper, and mix.  Chill and serve with crudities or crackers.


Making the spread in advance and allowing the flavors to meld makes a difference.  The flavor of the dill jumped out in the leftovers that I managed to snack on the next day.  Mmmmmm.

Looking forward to our next trip to Siltcoos Lake, Oregon!

I am participating in Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage.


  1. What a gorgeous place for a vacation. Congratulations Mr. T. on your catch.

    Lovely appetizer with the smoked salmon. I wish we could get smoked salmon that pretty. All I can ever find is the sliced in a package. Sigh.

  2. Growing up in the PNW I am a fan of smoked salmon. Since I moved to Texas 6 years ago it's the item I throw into my cart every week for that taste of home. I've never been to Siltcoos Lake... looks like I'll be adding that to the vacation wish list. This spread sounds amazing. Yummy!

  3. I'd say Terry did very well for his day on the water. Your salmon spread sounds delicious and your presentation is really top notch. Now I'm off to read about Siltcoos Lake.

  4. This spread would be a big hit in my house. It looks delicious.

  5. I remember when I married Jacques..I asked him where he thought the best place to live in the states would be and he said Oregon:)
    That was 40 yrs ago..I should ask him again..To me..the bloggers I have come to know in Oregon.. do sound so happy here.
    You must have had fun..
    Love the track with water on each side:)

  6. What a wonderful long trip and what a wonderful long salmon he caught. How fun to get to cook it up. This dip looks fabulous and your photo is just gorgeous of the salmon and the dip and crackers. Of course the outdoor photo is too, but you captured such a beautiful one of the dip. Naughty me, I am craving dips too!

  7. There is something about a lake that is so restful...your vacation sounds wonderful and does your spread. I can see a lot of salmon dishes in your future.

  8. What a beautiful place to vacation and for 3 weeks too! I have not heard of this lake, but is wonderful. Smoked salmon, now I am drooling. I definitely will make this. Thanks!

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation, Kate. I don't get to Southern Oregon very often but always enjoy the gorgeous scenery when I visit. I know I would love your salmon spread. Couldn't leave it alone is probably more accurate.

  10. Um, isn't retirement all about vacation? :) I dearly love cream cheese, and salmon is a perfect pairing. I enjoy appetizers, at home, with the love of my life. I think this would be perfect, with an ice cold beer. Thanks! (Beautiful place, for sure.)

  11. Oh my goodness,how I wish we were on the Oregon Coast in our little get away, sigh. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Sounds like just a delightful time Kate! Wow, what gorgeous scenery, I know your soul feels refreshed after a time in God's great creation like that! Your salmon dip looks wonderful and I know everytime you make it, you'll be transported to a lovely place. 34 inches, that's amazing!


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