This rich and creamy smoked salmon cream cheese dip is great with crackers or spread on bagels, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare!
You know I love me some dips. I’m actually the biggest dip fan in my family, which is really dangerous. The boys in my house usually either turn up their noses or gingerly dip a few crackers or chips into whatever dip I make and then go on their way, leaving me with the rest. The last thing I need is to be alone with a full bowl of creamy salmon dip in the house!
Even though I knew my kids and husbands weren’t in the mood for salmon dip, I made this one for myself and a nice reader named Jenny. She asked me last week if I had a salmon dip recipe, and luckily she wasn’t in a hurry. She was speaking my language when she said she wanted something very easy with few ingredients. That’s the best kind of recipe if you ask me. I hope you like this one, Jenny!
This recipe uses hot smoked salmon, which is different than cold-smoked lox. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for in the store, it looks like a cooked salmon filet like this:
I think you could make this cream cheese dip with drained, canned salmon in a pinch. Just make sure you get the boneless, skinless kind in a small can or pouch. If you do choose to use canned salmon, add some coarsely ground black pepper too. I lightened this up (a bit) with fat-free yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese. That still doesn’t make me feel better about eating half the bowl by myself, but at least I know it could have been worse.
This recipe was born for brunch. It would especially be good to make the night before when you have overnight guests. Everyone can wake up and make their toast or bagels at their leisure, or you can serve it with toast points at a full brunch. Open a bottle of champagne, and you’re ready for a fancy morning with very little effort!
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