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Smoked Salmon Sandwich With Gralakssås, Dill, Grapes, Grape Tomatos And Black Caraway Seeds

When I was a kid I hated fish. My mother would cook cod and herring a lot, and I remember they were full of bones. Small tiny bones that just made it very uncomfortable to eat. In desperation, my mother promised to remove the bones, and offered me the equivalent of 10 cent for every bone I could find. She intended of course to make me believe her and eat the fish happily;  knowing she would never offer such a prize unless she was absolutely certain there was no bones to be found. Instead, I started eating ever slower, trying to locate any bones I could. As it turns out, herring and cod has a lot of very small bones the likes and sheer numbers my mother would never have imagined. What followed were the inevitable negotiations over what constitutes a bone, what size a bone has, and so on. I believe my mother thought for a few years after that I would turn into a banker or a lawyer, because I ended up with quite a bit of extra pocket money before the rules was abruptly terminated and fish not served on my plate for a long time. I think I was pretty spoiled, but we always did have fun!

I still am not very fond of neither herring nor cod, but salmon and tuna are fantastic fish. In this sandwich creation, the freshness of the grapes brings out a tiny bit of crunch and a delicious moisture that enhance the taste of the smoked salmon. Dill seems to be made for the occasion, and the sauce is a mustard sauce you may be able to get in your local IKEA.

Smoked salmon with gralakssaas, dill, grapes, grape tomatos and black caraway seeds
Smoked Salmon Sandwich With Gralakssås, Dill, Grapes, Grape Tomatos And Black Caraway Seeds

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Shrimp Sandwich Recipe: Cilantro Lime Shrimp on Potato Rosemary Bread With Lettuce, Vodka-Mustard, Gravlakssås, Lemon and Dill

This sandwich is one of the many that can be created almost entirely from Costco. No, they don’t sponsor us.  We just like a lot of their foods (psst, Costco, if you read this, get in touch!!).   We particularly love it when they feature cheeses on the tasting floors. In fact, we get practically giddy like children in a candy store. This past weekend, we walked in and were greeted with the sign announcing “Cheese Tour”.   Now, this always puts us in a quandary as we struggle to justify the purchase of yet more cheese.  At any given time, our refrigerator is home to at least four different varieties of cheeses.  After this weekend’s purchase, we now have 7.  We are such cheese maniacs that we purchased Parmesan Reggiano even though we had a big block at home.  There is something just more intense about the flavors and textures of a freshly cut cheese.  The cheese guy was kind enough to yield to Wendie’s pleading that he cut her only the teeniest of pieces since this was to be eaten right away.  If you are familiar with the family (nay, restaurant) sized packages at Costco, you know how absolutely sweet it was of him to oblige her. 

So it was home to make the most elemental of sandwiches – potato rosemary bread with freshly cut Parmesan Regianno cheese. Yum. That was the appetizer which was quickly followed by another made with cilantro-lime shrimp, another Costco food that we have grown to love and find multiple applications for.

Large and succulent, they don’t need much else, so we try to limit the extras. On this particular sandwich, the most significant other ingredient is a small amount of mustard, so be very careful to measure that exactly, or it will completely overpower the taste of the shrimp.

Shrimp Sandwich On An Olive and Rosemary Loaf With Lettuce, Vodka-Mustard, Gravlakssås, Lemon and Dill
Shrimp Sandwich With Potato Rosemary Bread, Romaine Lettuce, Vodka-Mustard, Gravlakssås, Lemon and Dill

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Smoked Salmon Crackers

Hungry for a snack, I found some cilantro lime shrimp from Costco in the fridge, along with a bit of smoked salmon. In about 1 minute I had created this little post-lunch cracker, which would also work great as an appetizer for a party. The cracker used here is a water cracker, but I think I would prefer something a little more rustic next time.

Lemon cilantro Shrimp Cracker - Great appetizer
Cilantro Lime Shrimp on Cracker- great appetizer

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