Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Petit Pates au Saumon~ Salmon Tartlets

This wonderful appetizer was inspired by the Pate au Saumon, that I grew up eating. I decided to re invent these into an appetizer featuring Philadelphia cream cheese, to submit to the Real Woman of Philadelphia. I really must say that it was one of my more brilliant ideas, LOL.


The 2 bite tartlets were brought to a new level with some dill flavored Philly cream cheese and caramelized onion. They were creamy and the sweet onion paired perfectly with the tangy dill cream cheese and salty salmon. So, easy to make, yet they look so elegant. Even Hubby was impressed with the presentation and taste of these.

Petit Pates au Saumon
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  • 1/3 cup(s) of lard
  • 1 cup(s) of flour
  • 1 tbsp. of baking powder
  • egg
  • 1 tsp. of white vinegar
  • water
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp. of brown sugar
  • medium potatoes, cooked
  • 4 ounce(s) of Dill PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 pinch of fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp. of milk
  • -213g can of salmon, juices reserved and boned
  • 2 tbsp. of cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. of water
  • 2 pinch of dried parsley
  1. In a bowl combine flour and baking powder. Cut in lard, until mixture resembles coarse meal. In same measuring cup used to measure the flour, break egg; adding vinegar and just enough water to fill the cup. Whisk together and add bit by bit, until a dough forms (not all liquid will be needed). Let dough rest in the fridge.
  2. To a small skillet with olive oil, add onion and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over med low heat, until nice and golden brown.
  3. In a small pot add reserved salmon juices, salmon and 1/4 C water. Cook over medium heat, breaking up the larger pieces, for 3 minutes.Slowly add in cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbs of water; until salmon mixture thickens slightly.
  4. In a bowl mash potatoes with Dill PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. Season with salt and pepper and add 2 Tbs of milk, to loosen them up a bit. Mix in thickened salmon mixture, until thoroughly combined.
  5. Roll out chilled dough, to 1/8 inch thick. Cut dough into 24 circles and press each circle into a mini muffin tin.
  6. Place salmon filling into a large zip top bag, or pipping bag. Fill each tartlet, to the top, with salmon filling. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven, for 15-20 minutes; until dough around the edges begin to brown.
  7. Remove slightly cooled tartlets to a serving platter. Top with a few pieces of caramelized onion and a small sprinkle of parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  8. Serves 12 people, at 2 tartlets per person.


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Claudia said...

These sound really outrageous. And, since my dill is doing well, I'll make them with plain cream cheese. Thanks for the recipe.

Brenda said...

Fantastic recipe Cindy! These sound REALLY good. I know we would love these, we love everything salmon!

Cindy said...

I forgot to post the video, since I was trying to get this up, before my nephew wanted his laptop back. I'll add it in tomorrow.

Brenda- I almost hate to say it, but these were so much better than the original recipe, LOL.

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Excellent recipe - these look gorgeous! I really enjoyed watching your video too - I love how our families and our memories influence our cooking! Thank you for sharing this lovely post with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.