Spread the Joy with Salmon Spread!

Tired of finding salmon spread in the grocery store with about 30,000 ingredients most of which include soy and unpronounceable polysyllabic words?  Well, your worries are over.

I got so disgusted with the spreads found in the stores that I decided to try my hand at making my own.  It is all natural and a lot easier than I anticipated!

All you need is a piece of salmon, some cream cheese and a small food processor.

I used store-brand soft cream cheese in a tub.  The ingredients are: pasteurized milk and cream, cheese culture, salt, stabilizers (carob bean and/or xanthan and/or guar gums).  Any time I see xanthan gum in the ingredients it’s a clue to me that even though the product is not marked gluten-free, it probably is.  If you are super sensitive, however, I would never suggest you make that assumption.

The salmon was a nice grilled chunk left-over from last night’s dinner.  I always try to cook an extra piece for salmon salad the next day. 

My Cuisinart Mini-Prep food processor is the perfect size for this little task.

Instructions: 

  • Break up the salmon into pieces and place inside the food processor. 
  • Use the low speed until the fish is uniformly ‘grated’.
  • Put one tablespoon (or more) of cream cheese in the food processor.
  • Use the high speed until the salmon and cream cheese are blended.
  • Taste.
  • Add more cream cheese and seasonings if you desire.  Blend again.
  • Repeat until you achieve the consistency and flavor you want.

Really, it’s THAT easy. 

If you are gluten-intolerant, try the spread on some rice crackers.  If you are wheat-intolerant, the spread is excellent on toasted Mestemacher Whole Rye Bread.  (The ingredients for this bread are:  whole kernel rye, water, wholemeal rye flour, salt, oat fiber, yeast.)  The bread is a little pricey, but if you hate the wheat-free breads that are out there, it’s worth it!  Note:  It has a slight sour-dough flavor.

This spread is great for breakfast, snacks, and would be great to bring to a party.  That way you know there will be something there YOU can eat!

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