Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Smoked Salmon For Breakfast

When I buy whole salmon filets, I generally cut off the thinner belly and tail meat, since it cooks faster, and freeze it separately for later smoking and use in many dishes.  When I recently smoked some salmon pieces for a friend who’d repaired my RV, I decided to smoke my small pieces as well.

I first brined, dried, and smoked them using The 3 Men’s Fish Smoking Process (my normal).  They were delicious except the thin ones were a little too salty from the brine but work fine in other dishes such as this breakfast.  This is about 2/3 of what I smoked and you can see three different colors which I believe are:  darkest - wild caught sockeye, lightest - farm raised from Krogers, middle - Scottish purchased in Portland, Me.

Before starting the main part of my breakfast meal (Bev doesn't eat fish for breakfast, especially smoked salmon), I whipped up a simple dill sauce using a recipe from Allrecipes:

Ingredients:
½ cup sour cream
1½ tablespoons Dijon-style prepared mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill (I used ¾ tsp. dried dill)

Directions:
Whisk together sour cream, mustard, lemon juice and dill until well blended. Chill before serving (I actually warmed it a little to serve).

I toasted an English muffin and skinned, chopped, and heated the salmon a little in the microwave.  In the meantime, I cooked two over easy eggs using ring molds so they’d be purdier.  This is the final product and it was very good.

I wish I’d added some fruit or sliced tomato for a better shot, but it was BBQ day and I just forgot to think about it.  I made half of the above sauce recipe and it was just the right amount.

After saying on Friday that I wouldn't have much to post about, I have one lined up for nearly every day this week.

I'm now responding to your comments and hoping you will stop back by - photos best if enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

Larry

11/15/12 meal date

25 comments:

  1. Smoked salmon "McMuffins" at the Big Dude's. Yes!
    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam - maybe next time you're here.

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  2. Homemade smoked salmon must be SO good! Love it on breakfast sandwiches.

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    1. Thanks Joanne - I'd guess smoked salmon breakfast sandwiches are more common in NYC.

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  3. I love your simple sauce :) That just makes this breakfast over the top in my book!! It looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Jenn - I'm trying to learn from the sauce queen.

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  4. I'll eat about anything for breakfast, but I'm with Bev about fish. This sauce sounds really good. Great looking sandwich Larry.

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    1. As a kid, fried fish and potatoes were normal for breakfast, especially on fishing trips, and I still like it.

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    1. Thanks for the nice compliment Claudia.

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  6. Hey, I'll come repair something of yours in exchange for some smoked salmon :)

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  7. Larry, Your timing with this breakfast blog using salmon is very timely! We just bought a pound of smoked salmon at Costco and I think that we'd both like this breakfast masterpiece... Have a great Thanksgiving and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave and Laurie

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    1. I'll be interested in waht you think if you try it.

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  8. This is a breakfast that my husband would certainly enjoy.

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    1. Send him on down Karen and I'll whip one up for him, then I'll come up for the lobster version :-)

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  9. It looks great! It's just like Eggs Benedict, only with salmon.

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    1. Thanks Marjie - eggs benedict was the inspiration.

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  10. I don't think I've ever eaten fish for breakfast either but I love smoked salmon! How cool that you smoke your own. Sometimes, DH and I will have a smoked fish appetizer-style dinner with champagne. We love smoked Lake Michigan chubs, smoked trout and salmon.

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    1. Susan - Since I smoke lots of meat in my BBQ business, salmon is a nature and it's actually easy to do - you could do it on your grill.

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  11. Smoked salmon works for me 'anytime' Larry! I was just in the grocery store today and contemplated buying some, but I was already way over budget for Turkey Day!

    I hope that Bev and you have a most wonderful Thanksgiving; I already am certain that it will be delicious! I am grateful for your friendship!

    All the best,
    Roz

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    1. The stuff is pretty high priced at the store which is why I buy the fish on sale and smoke my own. Hope you have a great holiday and I too enjoy blogger friendships.

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  12. Fantastic breakfast, Larry. I need to thaw some more of our smoked salmon. I was eating it almost daily for so long this past summer that I grew tired of it. You've made me crave it all over again!

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    1. Thanks Mary and since I don't want to refreeze mine, I'm eating it nearly every day as well. I made the last of it into salmon chowder, with a post coming soon. Food cravings are meant to be satisfied :-). Have a happy turkey day.

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  13. The breakfast of champions! I also like lox and bagels for breakfast. Yours, with the addition of dill sauce,sounds so good it may be illegal in some states. Mr.T

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