We need a sauce for smoked salmon for a fancy dinner. Any thoughts beyond sour cream and chives?
–Robert in St. Paul
I am tempted to say just do the classic -- slices of salmon, lemon wedges, black bread and minced onion. If the salmon is good, you can hardly go wrong.
If you want another take, try this recipe. It’s a variation of a dish the French chef-cum-deity Joel Robuchon used to serve in his Paris restaurant, Jamin, that feels pretty fancy.
Serves 6 to 8
You could put this together up to 3 hours in advance.
1. Chill a medium mixing bowl and beaters. Whip the cream, horseradish and lemon zest to soft peaks. Gently fold in vinegar, Tabasco and chives. Taste for balance, adjusting ingredients if needed. Chill up to 3 hours.
2. Serve mounded next to slices of smoked salmon or trout on individual dishes. Top each mound with about 1/2 teaspoon black caviar.
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