Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hot and Savoury: Smoked Salmon and Wasabi Rolls

We had some friends over for dinner on Thursday night, watching a video and slide show of the photos taken during our Austrian skiing trip last month. The buffet table contained some dishes that were Austrian (Wiener Schnitzel a la Johanna), some that were appropriate for Easter table (my Pashka, for example; as well as Marbled Beetroot Eggs), as well as some random favourites (Alanna's Spicy Carrots). But I also wanted to try something new and savoury, and these smoked salmon and wasabi rolls from the Swedish Arla site (Laxrullar med wasabiröra) hit the spot perfectly.

Try them, they're lovely. The Arla-people describe these as Swedish sushi :)

Smoked Salmon and Wasabi Rolls
Serves 10 as a nibble

200 g thinly sliced cold-smoked salmon
50 g dill, finely chopped
150 g cream cheese (Philadelphia)
0.5 to 1 tsp wasabi paste
a pinch of salt
2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Combine dill and cream cheese in a bowl, season with wasabi paste and salt, if necessary.
Cover a cutting board with a cling film, then place salmon sliced next to each other, overlapping slightly. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the salmon slices. With the help of the cling film, roll into a tight cylinder, starting from the longer edge. ´
Place the roll into a freezer for at least half an hour (I kept it in the freezer for 2 hours).
Toast sesame seeds on a dry non-stick pan until golden, then sprinkle onto a cutting board.
Remove the salmon roll from the freezer and unwrap. Roll back and forth in sesame seeds to cover.
Using a very sharp knife, cut into 1 cm slices.


David T. Macknet said...

OK, so when we come visit Estonia we'll not be being vegetarians. That sounds awesome! Yum!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Mmmmm -- hot, smoky and salty, all in one dish? What's better than that?!

Kalyn Denny said...

Wow, what a fantastic idea. They are gorgeous too. A great dish to celebrate spring!

chili&vanilia said...

Wow, Pille, this looks really fantastic, amazing colors, beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that looks great: tasty and impressive at the same time. Must give it a try at a party.

Anonymous said...

That looks great! I'm excited to try it - maybe I'll slip a little seaweed in there, too.

Chris said...

Yum! This reminds me of a dish I had this summer while in Warsaw. Very tasty, very attractive to my palate!

Hanna said...

What a lovely blog!
Terveisiä Suomesta, Im so coming back here!!


Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Looks delicious. I've been talking about sushi (OK, I know it technically isn't) a lot lately and this looks like a great take on that. Yum!

Gloria Baker said...

Spectacular Pille, looks wonderful! Gloria

Jeanne said...

What a great idea - simple and glamorous! I am definitely going to try this next time I have people over for dinner...