Potted Smoked Salmon

This is the perfect starter for the lunch on the big day – you can make it the night before and the recipe will easily double up if you are feeding a crowd at Christmas!

Serves 6
Ready in 30 minutes, plus chilling time

275g honey roast salmon flakes
250g smoked salmon slices, chopped
100g unsalted butter, softened
125g full-fat soft cheese
2 tsp creamed horseradish
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh dill sprigs and green peppercorns, to garnish
Slices of toasted brown or granary bread, to serve

1   Reserve about 25g of the salmon flakes for garnish (cover and chill in the fridge until required).

2   Place the rest of the salmon flakes in a food processor with the smoked salmon, butter, soft cheese, horseradish and lemon juice. Process until smooth and creamy. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and process for a further few seconds.

3   Divide the mixture between 6 small ramekin dishes and level the surface. Cover and chill in the fridge until required. Garnish with the rest of the salmon flakes, dill sprigs and green peppercorns. Serve with toasted brown or granary bread.


Most supermarkets sell packs of ready-flaked honey roast salmon but if unavailable just buy ready-cooked smoked salmon fillets and roughly flake the fish, discarding any skin and fine bones.