Can a guy live on just appetizers alone? I'm on day five of preparing, eating and, 'surviving' on appetizers, nothing but.
A classic salmon log consists of canned salmon, cream cheese, a little lemon juice and a bit of horseradish. 'Fancy' logs back in the day were rolled in pecans or walnuts. When I saw this at parties as a young'n, I said to myself, "Yuck!" I ate crackers plain rather than dip into that stuff!
Tastes change as you grow older though, I have to admit I missed out on some new flavor experiences by denying that back in the day salmon log a try, so updating that old school recipe with some more modern ingredients is a must....
A Modern Salmon Party Log
- 1 can of salmon
- 1 package of cream cheese, softened
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried, minced onion
- 1 teaspoon horseradish
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon grated Parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- A healthy squirt of Sriracha
- 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seed for wrapping
In a large bowl, combine canned salmon with all ingredients except the sesame seed, mix thoroughly in a food processor to make all the goodness nice and creamy (they didn't have food processors back in the day, probably another reason the 'chunky' variety of log didn't appeal to me). Lay out a large stretch of plastic wrap, layer with the sesame seed. Spoon the salmon mixture onto the wrap. Roll and wrap into a log shape. Chill for several hours. Serve with crackers or toasted bread rounds.
This meal cost me about $3 to prepare, VERY Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and I've got plenty of leftovers for a snack later!