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Smoked Salmon Grazing Board

I LOVE Salmon. Check out this super savory Smoked Salmon Grazing Board I made for the Food52 & Pinterest Golden Recipe Contest 2022 where I placed in the top 200 finalists for recipe submissions. Didn't win but I did get to eat THIS SOOOOOOOOO....




1 Smoked Salmon Filet

1 Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Spread

1 Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb cheese

1 cup Roasted Brussels Sprouts

2 cups Arugula

2 ripe Avocados, sliced

1 cup Red Grapes, washed and stemmed

1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, washed

Truff Hot Sauce (for drizzling)

1/2 cup Cashews, toasted

1/4 cup Black Garlic Spread

Honey (for drizzling)

Assorted Crackers

Cornichons (small pickles)


Prepare the Smoked Salmon:

  • Lay the smoked salmon filet on a large platter, letting it drape elegantly.

Creamy Cheese Delight:

  • Place the Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Spread and Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb cheese on the platter alongside the smoked salmon. These creamy spreads will complement the salmon perfectly.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts:

  • Arrange the roasted Brussels sprouts around the platter. They add a delightful crunch and a savory touch.

Green Goodness:

  • Scatter the arugula over the platter, creating a bed of greens. The peppery arugula balances the richness of the salmon and cheeses.

Avocado Slices:

  • Arrange the sliced avocados gracefully on the board, adding a creamy and buttery element.

Fresh Fruits:

  • Distribute the red grapes and cherry tomatoes around the platter for a burst of color and freshness.

Flavor Enhancers:

  • Place a bottle of Truff Hot Sauce on the board, allowing guests to add a touch of heat to their salmon or cheese if desired.

Nutty Crunch:

  • Sprinkle the toasted cashews over the platter. They provide a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.

Black Garlic

  • Offer the black garlic spread in a small bowl or dish. It adds a unique and umami-rich flavor to the board.

Sweet Drizzle:

  • Drizzle honey over the entire board for a touch of sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the salty salmon and cheeses.

Crackers and Cornichons:

  • Surround the board with an assortment of crackers for guests to use as a base for their creations. Place a bowl of cornichons for a tangy and crunchy addition.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Present your Smoked Salmon Grazing Board at room temperature and encourage your guests to mix and match the ingredients to create their perfect bites.

Smoked salmon is a popular and versatile seafood product that is enjoyed around the world. It's known for its rich, smoky flavor and tender, flaky texture. Here's more information about smoked salmon:

1. Smoking Process: Smoked salmon is typically made from fresh salmon fillets that are cured and then cold-smoked or hot-smoked. The smoking process infuses the salmon with a smoky flavor while preserving it.

2. Types of Smoked Salmon:

  • Cold-Smoked Salmon: This method involves smoking salmon at a lower temperature, usually below 85°F (29°C), for an extended period. It results in a delicate texture and a milder smoky flavor. Cold-smoked salmon is often thinly sliced and is commonly used in dishes like sushi, bagels with cream cheese, or as an appetizer.

  • Hot-Smoked Salmon: Hot-smoked salmon is smoked at a higher temperature, typically around 145-160°F (63-71°C). This method cooks the salmon as it smokes, resulting in a firmer texture and a stronger smoky flavor. Hot-smoked salmon is often flaked and used in salads, pastas, or served as a main course.

3. Varieties:

  • Atlantic Salmon: Atlantic salmon is one of the most commonly used species for smoked salmon production due to its abundant availability and mild flavor.

  • Pacific Salmon: Varieties such as sockeye, coho, or king salmon are also popular choices for smoked salmon, each with its unique flavor profile.

4. Curing: Before smoking, salmon is typically cured with a mixture of salt and sometimes sugar or other seasonings. The curing process helps preserve the salmon and adds flavor.

5. Flavor Variations: Smoked salmon can be found in various flavor profiles, including:

  • Traditional: Simply smoked with salt for a classic flavor.

  • Peppered: Coated with cracked black pepper for a slightly spicy kick.

  • Dill-Cured: Infused with dill, which imparts a refreshing herbal note.

  • Honey-Smoked: Sweetened with honey for a touch of sweetness.

6. Culinary Uses:

  • Smoked salmon is a popular ingredient in a wide range of dishes, including sandwiches, bagels with cream cheese, omelets, quiches, and salads.

  • It is often used as an elegant appetizer, served on crackers or crostini with cream cheese and garnishes like capers, red onion, and lemon.

  • Hot-smoked salmon can be flaked and added to pasta dishes, scrambled eggs, or used as a topping for pizzas.

  • Smoked salmon can also be used creatively in sushi and sushi rolls.

7. Nutritional Benefits: Smoked salmon is a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D and B vitamins. It is a healthier option compared to some other processed meats.

8. Storage: Smoked salmon should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within a few days of opening. It can also be frozen for longer storage.

Overall, smoked salmon is a versatile and flavorful seafood product that can elevate a wide range of dishes and is a favorite choice for both casual and upscale dining. Its delicious taste and elegant presentation make it a popular addition to many culinary creations and grazing boards.

So yummy!

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I'm the recipe developer & photographer behind Platter Girl. I am also a mama of three, wife, and cookbook author who LOVES partaking in the best foodie places Oregon has to offer! You might have noticed my name is Platter Girl, and you guessed it, I LOVE big PLATTERS! While not every recipe is served on a tray, they are all delicious and great for sharing with your crew! 



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