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Serves 8

Hot smoked salmon looks like a piece of cooked salmon with a darker color; the salmon most people use for bagels and lox is generally cured and cold-smoked. Serve with bagel chips, radishes, endive, and small cucumbers.

1package (4 ounces) hot smoked salmon or roast smoked salmon
1cup ricotta cheese
1tablespoon finely chopped onion
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Pinch crushed red pepper
Squeeze of lemon juice
2tablespoons capers (for garnish)
1tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)

1. In a food processor, work the salmon and ricotta until smooth. Add the onion, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and lemon juice. Work just until the mixture is well blended. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and red pepper, if you like.

2. Pack the mixture into a shallow dish, smooth the top, and cover tightly. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or for up to 2 days. Garnish with capers and parsley.


Sheryl Julian

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