The 'Living on Appetizers' Challenge: Pickled Mushrooms & Onions
Scrambled Egg Hack

The 'Living on Appetizers Challenge': A Salmon Log for Dinner

By Mike Thayer

Can a guy live on just appetizers alone? I'm on day five of preparing, eating and, 'surviving' on appetizers, nothing but.

20170901_182238Tonight, it's a salmon log and crackers for dinner.  I'm taking a 1960's era recipe, updating it to 2017 and making it my own.

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!

Help support the continued content for Shopping, Dining, Best Deals, Product & Service Reviews, Tips, Hacks, Recipes and other great information by buying me a coffee. Your support to keep Bachelor on the Cheap a free resource is much appreciated! ~ Mike

Buy Me a Coffee

follow me on twitter @Bacheloronthe1


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)