Appetizers Make the Stomach Grow Fonder

I LOVE appetizers! When I get home from work, Blake and I generally work on an appetizer so we have something to munch on until Lottie goes to bed. I feel like appetizers are under-used and under-appreciated in American homes. When people go out to dinner, they normally eat an appetizer, but not so often at home.

For this reason, I am going to post more appetizers on the blog. I used to eat at J. Alexander’s restaurant a lot. For the mere price of $12.95, you and your dining partner can share a smoked salmon dip appetizer. $12.95! What is in it? Saffron? Black Truffles? Johnny Walker Blue?

Anyway, I knew it was time to recreate it at home and that is what we did. It is delish!


Serves 4

Total Price $3.54

Price per Person $0.88

Average Retail Price $8.07

Total Savings $4.53

Smoked Salmon Dip

6/8oz fresh salmon (Super H $4.99/lb Average Retail $7.99/lb)

1 tsp Liquid Smoke (Publix $0.79 with manufactures $0.50 off McCormick’s spices, doubled to $1.00 off. Average Retail $1.79)

¼ cup red onion, finely diced (Super H $0.79/lb Average Retail $1.99/lb)

1 tbsp capers (Publix, $0.99 with manufactures $0.50 off, doubled to $1.00 off Average Retail $1.99)

1 tbsp fresh dill (FREE Garden Average Retail- $3.99/pkg)

¼ cup mayonnaise (Publix Buy one, get one Free $4.38/2)

1 tbsp sour cream (Publix Buy one get one FREE $2.09/2 Average Retail $2.09/1)

½ loaf French bread, sliced and toasted (Ingles 50% off day old bread- $0.99 Average Retail $2.99)

  1. Bake the salmon in the oven at 425 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
  2. Allow salmon to cool for 30 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except bread.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with French bread slices.

9 responses

  1. You make a great point about appetizers. We definitely munch on stuff while we wait for Madeline to go to bed, but it’s usually just her food. So our appetizers generally consist of Goldfish crackers and bits of string cheese.

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  4. I have looking for this recipe on the web for a year. My daughter and I absolutely love J Alexander’s smoked salmon. I think you about nailed it, but I think there are finely chopped hard boiled eggs in it too. I like to add wood smoked salmon pricey $5.49 on sale (4oz)

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