Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Entertaining: Easy Smokey Salmon Spread + Cordon Negro Brut Sparking Wine

Smokey Salmon Spread on buttery Town House Crackers
This is such an easy and elegant spread to make for holiday entertaining that you'll want to keep this recipe handy for the rest of the year as well. So simple, yet good for you. Salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and protein. This recipe yields a large amount, enough to feed a crowd. So here's the recipe:

Smokey Salmon Spread

1 15 oz can of Salmon
1/2 cup Sour Cream
4 oz or 1/2 block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp of dried minced onion
1 tsp of Chef Dave's Homemade Sweet & Sassy Smokehouse Rub

Let cream cheese stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes to soften. Put all the ingredients in a Kitchen Aid or stand mixer to incorporate to the desired texture. Use a spatula and scrap from mixing bowl into an air-tight container. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve on Town House Crackers or bagels for a delicious breakfast treat. 

Smokey Salmon Spread served on Town House and Focaccia Rosemary & Olive Oil Crackers

Wine O' Clock: Cordon Negro Brut Sparkling Wine
Champagne isn't the only sparking wine you should have during the holidays! I added a few black seedless grapes to the presentation and paired my Salmon Spread with a cava from Spain. Aged up to 18 months in a cave, (hence the name "cava") this white Brut is fermented right in the bottle. Previously called Spanish Champagne, only those produced in the traditional champenoise method may be labeled "cava".  Absolutely delicious bubbly that can hold it's own with smokey, spicy dishes while complimenting most foods. Bon Appetit ranks sparkling wines from Spain's Cava selection as very desirable and definitely worth trying. Hailing from Sant Sadurni D'Anoia, Spain and imported by Freixenet of Sonoma CA, this is a lovely sparking wine which is crisp. clean and well balanced. Medium-bodied with a distinct palate of apple, pear and citrus flavors with a moderately long finish and a crisp hint of ginger. Excellent!

Cordon Negro Brut Cava Sparking Wine

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