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Aunt Dorothy’s Salmon Mousse

Mondays are “Heirloom Recipe” days, and today I have finally (!) shaken one out of my mother. This recipe is actually from her Aunt Dorothy (“Dosh,” in the family), one of my grandmother’s sister; she is one of the most elegant entertainers I know from the starched tablecloths to the silver-topped glass container for Equal packets. I am told that I am her spiritual heir in Martha Stewart-ship, and I’m honored. This is a recipe that’s great for holiday entertaining; its a little flashy, easy, and really, really delicious. If you serve it, try to come up with a proper spreader – Dosh will know if you don’t.

Aunt Dorothy’s Smoked Salmon Mousse

(Note: This needs to chill several hours)

  1. 1 16 ounce can red salmon
  2. 1 8 ounce package (REAL) cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  4. 2 tablespoons grated onion
  5. 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  6. 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  9. 3 tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley

Drain salmon, remove skin and bones, and flake meat. Combine ingredients 1 through 7 (I’d use a stand or hand mixer) and refrigerate at least 8 hours, or overnight.

Remove chilled mixture from refrigerator and roll into a ball. Mix pecans and parsley and roll mouse in mixture to cover. Serve as a ball or flatten into a dome shape and serve with black bread or good rye. (Crackers are okay, too).

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I feel like I'm fifteen - does that count? I'm lots of things, I get paid to be the Managing Editor for a local news publication, and I love my job. I am also inordinately fond of reading, animals (I have four), elephants, owls, hedgehogs writing, tramping in the woods, cooking India, Ireland, England, avocado toast, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Little Women, Fun Home, Lumber Janes, Fangirl, magic, Neil Gaiman, Jane Austen, YA books, not YA books, classical music, Salinger (OMG SALINGER), Brahms, key lime pie, indie music, podcasts, sleeping in, road trips, marmalade, museums, bookstores, the Oxford comma, BBC, The Miss Fisher Mysteries, birdwatching, seashells, kombucha, and stickers. Not a huge fan of chewing gum, jazz, trucker hats or dystopian and/or post-apolcalyptic fiction (but I'll try anything).

4 responses »

  1. my grandmother’s sister was dorothy too. we called her aunt dotty.

    i love salmon mousse. haven’t made one in awhile but i always used a fish mold… but no nuts.

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  2. I think this would be pretty in a mold – Dosh would approve.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It really is fabulous! Its is quickly becoming a go-to dish. I, too, use a fish mold, for an impressive presentation…little do they know how easy it is! Thanks!

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  4. Big Fan, I’m so glad you enjoy this! I am thinking I need a fish mold…..

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