Good quality canned salmon (I get it at Costco) is healthier and less expensive than smoked salmon, and it can even taste like it...if you use the secret ingredient.* I developed this recipe to get my lox fix when the real thing can't be had  - it's good on bagels, sourdough, or for dipping. If you want zing, add horseradish. If you want crunch, stir in chopped celery or pickles or olives. Hard boiled eggs could also work well. I generally put garlic and onion powder in everything, so if it seems to be lacking, try those.  

Poor Man's Lox Schmear

2 7-oz cans of salmon, drained and flaked
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 C mayonnaise
1 T lemon juice
1 T red onion, chopped finely
1 T capers
3 T fresh dill (or 1 T dried)
*1-2 t liquid smoke, to taste 
1 t worcestershire sauce
black pepper

Flake salmon with lemon juice.  Stir in other ingredients. Mix in cream cheese last.  Chill for at least two hours. 

Amounts are approximate - I don't measure when I create recipes.


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