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Smoked Salmon Pâté

This Smoked Salmon Pâté is a great recipe to make ahead of time for parties or holiday get-togethers. I always try to overcomplicate my party menus, so it’s nice to have a dish like this in my arsenal.
Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish


  • 150 g smoked salmon
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 150 g cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • additional smoked salmon and dill, for garnish


  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined. For a smoother pâté, continue to pulse until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Season to taste, then stir with a rubber spatula to incorporate the seasonings.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Serve cold with a side of crackers or chips.


To cover this pâté with sliced smoked salmon, place a sheet of plastic wrap into a ramekin. Then, add a thin layer of smoked salmon to the ramekin, covering the bottom and the sides. After adding the salmon, fill the ramekin with the pâté, cover, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Just before serving, use the plastic wrap to pull the pâté out of the ramekin, flip, and place on a serving tray. Garnish with a sprig of dill.
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