Saturday, July 10, 2021

Scottish Smoked Salmon Pate paired with Midwestern Wines #WinePW #EattheWorld

This Smoked Salmon Pate contains only 4 ingredients and that includes the lemon juice.  Smooth, rich and decadent it is the perfect appetizer to set out with some crackers or bagel chips and enjoy with a glass of wine before dinner or just as a snack.

Scottish Smoked Salmon Pate

  We are traveling to Scotland today in our quest to Eat the World........

Eat the World Logo

Each month Evelyne of CulturEatz invites us to join her in traveling virtually around the globe preparing and tasting foods from each country that we stop.  Today we are visiting Scotland.

Check out all the wonderful Scottish dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us! 

    Charcuterie Tray with Wine

    I use my recipe as part of a Charcuterie tray that I had taken to a Fish Fry at John's house on June 22nd in honor of Kirsten's Birthday.  I didn't realize that smoked salmon was a very common and popular dish in Scotland.  I have made a Smoked Salmon Mousse before but it was different from this version I am sharing today.

This version takes only 4 ingredients and does not use cream cheese but instead has you whip up heavy cream to mix with the smoked salmon.  You want to use a dry smoked salmon for this recipe and you mix that salmon with a whole stick of melted butter.  This is a very rich and decadent spread.

I wanted to have wine to serve with the platter and since Jill of L'Occasion is hosting our Wine Pairing Weekend this month and asked us to showcase the wines of Midwest USA, I decided to pick up some local wines from our home state of Michigan.

Wine with Smoked Salmon Pate

We have many wineries in Michigan and they are getting bigger and better all the time.  We make some award winning wines and I was happy to showcase a couple of our wineries for this event.  

Lelanau Cellars 1974

This photo from Leelanau Wine Cellars website shows their first store that was opened in 1974 by the Jacobson family. They were one of the first families to decide to grow grapes in this area that was filled with cherry farms.

Leelanau Cellars today

Today they distribute 200,000 cases a year and are found in retails stores and restaurants throughout Michigan and surrounding states.

Bottle of Wine

I opened a bottle of their Summer Sunset to pair with this Salmon Pate.  The Summer Sunset is a beautiful Rose that is marketed as semi dry.  It is a little sweet for my liking but paired nicely with the Charcuterie and was a big hit with those guests who enjoy a sweeter wine.

Bowers Harbor Vineyards

The second bottle I brought with me to serve with the Charcuterie was from Bowers Harbor Vineyards.  Both of these wineries are in northwest Michigan.  Leelanau Cellars is on the Leelanau Peninsula while Bowers Harbor is on Old Mission Peninsula. 

Wine map for Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas in Michigan

This map shows Leelanau Peninsula and the wineries in the area.  You can see Old Mission Peninsula next to it.

Old Mission Peninsula in Michigan

While this map shows the wineries on Old Mission Peninsula including Bowers Harbor.  Bowers Harbor Winery was established in 1991 on what was once a horse farm.  It now grows over 20 acres of grapes.  

I opened a bottle of 2020 Pinot Grigio from this winery.  It is crisp, bright and dry.  Michigan makes some lovely white wines and this bottle was very pleasant and paired well with the richness of the smoked salmon pate.

The members of Wine Pairing Weekend will be getting together at 11 AM ET today on Twitter Chat to talk more about the wines of Midwest USA.  You are welcome to join in the fun.  You will find us by following #WinePW. 

Whether you decide to open a bottle of wine, pop a beer or enjoy a glass of Scotch Whiskey make sure you pair it with this amazing pate that is so easy peasy to make.

Appetizer, Pate, Salmon, Seafood, Spreads, Dips
Yield: 16 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Scottish Smoked Salmon Pate

Scottish Smoked Salmon Pate

This Smoked Salmon Pate contains only 4 ingredients and that includes the lemon juice. Smooth, rich and decadent it is the perfect appetizer to set out with some crackers or bagel chips and enjoy with a glass of wine before dinner or just as a snack.
Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 1 stick butter, melted and cooled
  • 8 oz. dry smoked salmon, skin removed
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream, lightly whipped
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Break the skinned salmon into smaller chunks and place into a food processor.  Turn on the processor and while running, drizzle the melted butter into the bowl and mix until smooth. 
  2. Remove and place into a bowl.  Stir in the lemon juice and fold in the whipped cream.  Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed.
  3. Place into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least half an hour before serving.

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  1. Your lovely pate looks like it would be rich in taste and light in texture - what a delicious combination!

  2. Fun post, Wendy! I always forget that you and I are not that far apart! Love your reviews of MI wineries!

    1. Thanks Liz. Perhaps one day we can meet up at one of the wineries in the halfway point.

  3. This salmon pate looks like it has a lovely texture.

  4. What a great combination: wineries and beautiful lakeshore!

  5. Double duty post. Genius. I still can't believe that I totally blitzed on writing my Eat the World post. I have done my dish weeks ago. Oh, well...I clearly have too many balls in the air. Can't wait to try this soon.

    1. It does get crazy with all the different events and groups to which we belong. If you decide to share your Scottish recipe let me know and I will add you to my list.

  6. This look so good and delicious, perfect Hors d’oeuvres!

  7. This salmon pate sounds amazing, especially with using cream versus cream cheese. I haven't explored Michigan wines much, but what a great reason to come to Michigan!

    1. Should you decide to hop in that motorhome and visit our lovely state please let me know. There is a very nice State Park a few miles from my home or you can just spend some time in my driveway and join us for dinner.

  8. The pate look delicious. And I definitely will be on the lookout for more MI wines, although we don't get many around here. I've had some nice ones though.

    1. I'm glad Nicole. Blackstar Farms ships to other States so you might want to check them out.

  9. The salmon Pate looks creamy and delicious! Only four ingredients and this is great!


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