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Smoked Salmon Cake

Salmon cake combines traditional partners: Pumpernickel bread, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumbers are "iced" with more cream cheese.

  • servings: 10
Photography: Anna Williams

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Ingredients

  • 3 eight-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 loaves pumpernickel bread, cut into 16 half-inch slices, with crusts
  • 1 pound smoked salmon, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced into 1/8-inch slices, patted dry, plus more for decorating sides of cake
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 2 1/2 ounces salmon roe
  • 1 ounce black caviar
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a small bowl, combine eight ounce cream cheese, red onion, capers, dill, and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, and stir until smooth. Lay four bread slices on a clean work surface; trim 1/4 inch from all sides of slices. Spread 1 tablespoon cream-cheese mixture on top of one slice, and layer with smoked salmon and cucumber (try not to overlap cucumber slices). Spread another thin layer of the cream-cheese mixture on top. Repeat with two more bread slices.

  2. Step 2

    Neatly stack prepared slices, filling side up, squaring the sides with your hands; top with the fourth bread slice. Repeat with remaining bread and filling to create three more stacks in this way.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer stacks to a serving platter with their long sides touching. In a small bowl, combine remaining 16 ounces cream cheese and creme fraiche until smooth. Using offset spatula, spread mixture evenly over assembled cake. Refrigerate, covered, two hours or overnight.

  4. Step 4

    Before serving, arrange overlapping cucumber slices around base of cake; spoon salmon roe and caviar along the top, and sprinkle with dill. Garnish the platter with lemon wedges.

Source
Martha Stewart Living

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Reviews (1)

  • lulu62uk 11 Feb, 2010

    Wonderful.%0A