Tomatoes stuffed with Salmon Dill Dip (Barefoot Bloggers)

I recently joined yet another blogging group. The Barefoot Bloggers make only recipes from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa). While I don’t have any of her cookbooks, I do enjoy watching her on the Food Network. Each month, 2 members get to choose a Barefoot Contessa recipe. Then we all post then on the same day (every other Thursday). So keep an eye out for my BB posts and also check out the blogroll to see everyone else’s posts.

The first BB recipe that I got to make as a Barefoot Blogger is the Smoked Salmon Spread (thanks Ashley for picking this great recipe!) I wanted to spruce it up, so I decided to stuff it into some tomatoes. The dip was very tasty and adding tomatoes into the mix added a freshness. I used a tip I read online somewhere to serve them on a bed of salt. The salt helps to prevent the tomatoes from rolling around.

Smoked Salmon Spread – from Barefoot Contessa Family Style, pg 35
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, drained
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt – I omitted
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 pound (4 ounces) smoked salmon, minced

Cream the cheese in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until just smooth. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, dill, horseradish, salt, and pepper, and mix. Add the smoked salmon and mix well. Chill and serve with crudites or crackers.

To stuff tomatoes: I bought Campari tomatoes (they’re a little bigger than a golf ball). I cut a hole in the top then I used the end of a spoon to scoop out the insides including the seeds. I then rinsed in cool water and placed upside down on a paper towel to drain. I put the spread into a plastic bag and cut off the corner so I could pipe a little bit into each tomato. I garnished with fresh dill.

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5 Responses to “Macro Tuesday”

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    CB — September 17, 2008 at 1:07 am

    I am totally addicted to learning anything/everything about cameras now. I blame you! haha. I think macro is my favorite setting. Do you have a macro lens or do you use your kit lens+macro setting? Thanks for putting up with all my questions!
    /Clara

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    Jen — September 17, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Ha. Sorry or You’re Welcome 🙂 I used the Macro setting with the kit lens. I think for the middle picture I used my 55-200 lens. The others are with the 18-55 lens.

    I find myself not using Macro as much as I thought I would. Since the flash goes up. Based on what I learned yesterday I might start using Landscape for food pictures.

    Probably 90% of the time, I just use the Auto setting or Auto w/o flash and let the camera do all the work. Sometimes I use Shutter priority or Aperture priority. I’m glad this week’s photo week is causing me to try out all the different options.

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    Steph — September 17, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Jen! I took the same picture of the seed on a dogwood tree, mine didn’t turn out that great though… We are always on the same wave length. Nice job!

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    Sara — September 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the insight, Jen! I don’t know squat about taking pictures, so I appreciate your words of wisdom. That checkers set is so cool. Great angle!

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    Amy Kingman — September 18, 2008 at 2:16 am

    I’m a big fan of the checkers shot as well!

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