Smoked salmon with Scandinavian guacamole
I am sure they could do something with this on Prairie Home Companion along the lines of Ajua hot sauce. In any case, it is a very easy and delicious appetizer.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 3 finely chopped scallions
- small handful of finely chopped dill
- juice of 1/4 lemon
- 4 ounces smoked salmon
- large whole grain crackers like Ryvita or Wasa, or sliced whole grain bread or toast, cut into smallish pieces
- Mash the avocado with the next four ingredients. Do this shortly before serving. Put in a bowl.
- Arrange salmon on a plate. Top with a little more fresh dill if you would like.
- Put the crackers or bread in a serving basket.
- To serve, everyone spreads some guacamole on the crackers or bread, tops with salmon, and that's it.
Sardine and Avocado Sandwich
This is based on a recipe from Paula Wolfert's The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen. I am not sure what makes it slow or Mediterranean. It is based on a Canary Islands recipe, with sounds more African and Atlantic. It was adapted from a far more complicated recipe by Ferran Adria of El Bulli fame, so I guess that is the Mediterranean connection. It reminds me of a comment I heard once that most of her books, particularly the later ones, are a pastiche of recipes that Wolfert picked up doing research for travel articles. That having been said, most of her recipes are really good. I have simplified it still further so that it is a lunch sandwich rather than an appetizer. One of the joys of working at home is that you can have things like this for lunch. Just don't eat it before a business meeting, unless your meeting is with a cat food company.
Ingredients (for one largish slice of bread -- multiply as you will; I have 2 slices for lunch, some may only eat one)
- 1 slice whole grain bread
- 1 clove garlic (optional)
- butter (optional)
- 1/2 can sardines packed in olive oil (2 sardines)
- 1/8 - 1/4 ripe avocado
- a few shreds of red onion or scallion
- drizzle of sherry (preferred) or red wine vinegar
- Toast the bread. Rub it with the clove of garlic and spread lightly with butter if desired.
- Spread with the sliced avocado.
- Top with the sardines, filleted if you wish.
- Top with onion or scallion and drizzle very lightly with vinegar.
- Eat as an open faced sandwich.