Smoked Salmon Party Loaf

"This is a great party recipe. It can be made well in advance and it looks sensational. You can serve it individually for a dinner party, or cut into larger slices for cocktail parties."
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Ready In:
1 loaf




  • With an electric mixer, beat 24 oz.
  • cream cheese with the butter until blended.
  • In another bowl, combine 4 oz.
  • cream cheese and pesto.
  • In another bowl, combine the smoked salmon and 4 oz.
  • cream cheese.
  • In another bowl, combine 4 oz.
  • cream cheese with the chopped olives.
  • In a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan lined with plastic wrap, spread 1 cup of butter/cream cheese mixture.
  • Spread pesto/cream cheese mixture on top.
  • Carefully, spread 1 cup of butter/ cream cheese mixture on top.
  • Carefullly, spread smoked salmon mixture on top.
  • Spread 1 cup of butter mixture on top.
  • Spread olive mixture on top.
  • Finally, carefully spread the last cup of butter mixture on top.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Press firmly and chill until cold and firm, at least 8 hours or up to 3 days.
  • Dropping the individual layers with a teaspoon makes it easier to spread more evenly.
  • To serve, remove top plastic and turn onto a platter.
  • Slice and serve on individual plates.
  • It's nice served with thin slices of bread, toast points, or crackers.

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  1. I made this for a dinner party, served with pumpernickel rounds, and garnished it with extra flaked smoked salmon. I tested it out on my co-workers, as we are all into good food and everyone liked it. Here are some of my observations: 1)I only used about 3 ounces at the most of the pesto. 2) I would definitely double the amount of the salmon layer...for a couple of reasons- too much salmon & not enough cheese make it REALLLLY hard to spread (I actually mashed it into little patties & then laid them out like a puzzle kinda!)... also I think it needs a little more salmon in general to pull it off, hence, I used some extra as garnish. 3)This makes a huge amount of make it for a larger gathering for sure! 4) Lastly, I might try pressing it into a salmon mold next time... very cool for a seafood buffet! Thanks Normaone... the same old salmon spread gets tired around here! Something different is always nice to try!



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