We all know not to go grocery shopping hungry. Why do I try to defy the laws of nature and not heed this rule?
A while ago I was shopping on an empty stomach, foolishly thinking I was immune to impulse buys. I was zipping around the store, only grabbing items on my list. I guess I got a little too cocky.
I was in the fancy cheese area, which is next to the organic area in the store where I shop. One of my favorite places to look around, this is usually a dangerous spot for me. Just grab a block of Kerrygold butter and a brick of Vintage Cheddar and get the heck out of here!, I told myself.
And then I heard her. With the voice of an angel, she was offering samples of an imported Italian cheese (I can’t remember the name offhand) on top of a Mary’s Gone Crackers cracker. About to book it in the other direction, my stomach grumbled in hunger. I winced. I knew the store had won. Like the house, the store always wins.
I reluctantly sampled one of those fabulously delicious cheese-topped crackers and ended up buying two boxes. Because of course, if you buy one box, the other is $1 off. Yes, it turns out, I am not immune to impulse buys, lol.
Off I went with my crackers in cart, in search of something delicious to top them with. The good part about this story is that hunger truly is the creator of the best recipe ideas. I know it isn’t anything new, but it was new to me – right there in the middle of the store I thought about how those crackers would be killer with a creamy smoked salmon dip spread on top. And so I made a detour to my shopping list and bought what I needed for it.
I was right, the creamy-textured and slightly tangy, smoky-flavored dip was the perfect accoutrement for these seeded, nutty crackers. It won’t be long before the ingredients to make this dip again make their way to my shopping list. And next time I’m in a recipe-developing rut, I think I might just plan a hungry grocery shopping trip for some inspiration.
Here are a few other delicious uses for smoked salmon:
And here is how to make smoked salmon at home:
- 4 oz (115 g) cream cheese, at room temperature (low-fat is fine)
- 1/4 cup (60 g) sour cream (low-fat is fine)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons minced red onion
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 2 oz (60 g) smoked salmon, finely chopped
- Salt, to taste
- Beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, and lemon juice until smooth.
- Stir in the onion, dill, and black pepper, and then the salmon.
- Taste and season with salt as desired.
- Serve chilled with a little more fresh dill on top, along with crackers, sliced baguette, bagels, etc.