This Valentine's Day will be out of this world with Organic Ocean's exquisite cold smoked sockeye salmon recipe. Crafted with care, this culinary masterpiece promises to impress your special someone with its irresistible combination of delicate smoked salmon and fresh ingredients. Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a cozy evening at home, experience the essence of simplicity and sophistication with every bite of this delightful starter, designed to enchant and delight your loved one.
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator
- 1 113g package of Organic Ocean cold smoked sockeye salmon
- 1/2 package (1/2 cup) cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 tsp chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
- 2 tsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
- Melted butter
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lay the puff pastry out on your work surface and either cut it with small, round cookie cutters or cut it into strips and then into squares. Place each puff pastry round or square onto a cookie sheet and brush the tops with melted butter.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 7 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake until the pastry is puffed and golden brown on the edges, for a total of about 15-20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer the pastries from the cookie sheet to a wire rack to allow them to cool.
Meanwhile, in the bowl of a food processor or a stand mixer (you can also use a regular hand mixer), place the cream cheese and whip it to soften. Add half of the smoked salmon and the spices. If it feels too stiff, you can add a little milk to loosen it up. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Once your puff pastry has cooled, use a sharp paring knife to slice each one in half. Place about a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture on the bottom half of each puff pastry (be careful, they are delicate), and then top with the other half of the puff pastry.
Finish by placing small dots of the filling on top of the puff pastry, and then using them to "stick" the garnishes. Garnishes can include additional leftover smoked salmon cut into thin strips, chopped fresh herbs, or toasted sesame seeds.