Recipe by Auntie Anne & Uncle Mark
This is the PERFECT appetizer to kick off your St. Patty's Day meal. Think outside the box and give this unexpected appetizer a whirl. The crumbly bread with the tangy raisins and hint of caraway paired with creamy chive butter and cold smoked salmon goes perfectly with a black and tan or crisp white. Follow it up with a corned beef and cabbage main course and your Irish eyes will DEFINITELY be smiling. Based on a Food Network Test Kitchen Recipe with my spin on it.
Top Review by Liza at Food.com
I can't believe I forgot to rate this! This is a wonderful appy for St. Pat's and I plan to eat it every year from here on out! Toasting the savory/sweet soda bread gives it a nice crunch in contrast with the creamy topping and supple smoked salmon. I'm completely hooked and sorry St. Pat's comes but once a year!
Irish Soda Bread
- 1⁄2 cup oatmeal
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon caraway seed
- 3⁄4 cup buttermilk
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
- 8 ounces smoked salmon
- fresh dill, for garnish
Directions See How It's Made
- For the bread:.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Put the oatmeal in the food processor and pulse til finely ground.
- Pour into a bowl and add flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, raisins and caraway seeds. Stir well to combine.
- Pour buttermilk in and stir til combined.
- Shape the dough into a 6 inch round and put onto a baking sheet.
- Bake in top half of oven for 30-40 minutes, until lightly brown.
- When tapped, the bread will give off a firm, hollow sound. Let cool.
- For the crostini:.
- Mix the butter and chives together.
- Once cool, slice the soda bread into slices and toast either in toaster or on baking sheet under broiler for a few minutes each side.
- Spread each slice with chive butter, top with smoked salmon, and cut each slice in half or thirds.
- Garnish each piece with dill.