{Salmon Rillettes} Smoked Salmon and Herbed Creme Fraiche Spread Recipe

{Salmon Rillettes} Smoked Salmon and Herbed Creme Fraiche Spread Recipe

Inspired by Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, California

{Salmon Rillettes} Smoked Salmon and Herbed Creme Fraiche Spread Recipe | https://saltandwind.com No matter how popular it gets, Napa will always have a place in my heart. When I lived in San Francisco, I'd do day trips there on the regular to check out n...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
11
Hands-On Time
15 minutes
Total Time
2 hours, 15 minutes
Yield
2 cups
Servings
6 to 12
Season
{Salmon Rillettes} Smoked Salmon and Herbed Creme Fraiche Spread Recipe | https://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine
French
Ingredients
11
Hands-On Time
15 minutes
Total Time
2 hours, 15 minutes
Yield
2 cups
Servings
6 to 12
{Salmon Rillettes} Smoked Salmon and Herbed Creme Fraiche Spread Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

No matter how popular it gets, Napa will always have a place in my heart. When I lived in San Francisco, I'd do day trips there on the regular to check out new wineries and restaurants. And though there are plenty of amazing places, Bouchon Bistro will always be a go-to for me.

Every detail feels like France just set up shop in the midst of California wine country: the zinc counter, the bakery next door, and salmon rillettes that are so good I dream about them.

But What Are Rillettes?

Similar to pâté, rillettes are a very traditional French dish that was a means of preserving deliicious meaty bits. To make traditional rillettes, duck or pork are slow cooked in their own fat and then then mixed with flavorings for a straight-up delicious spread. 

Salmon Rillettes Bouchon-Style 

At Bouchon they make a seriously swoon-worthy version of rillettes with salmon that we absolutely adore. However, the recipe is quite labor intensive. Here we made a more modern, quicker, and slightly healthier twist that we're calling Smoked Salmon Rillettes. They’re made by breaking up smoked salmon and folding it together with a double dose of anise flavor from the fennel and the herbs and a dollop of creme fraiche for a touch of decadence. This spread has a smoky, sweet, anise flavor and is as delicious on a cracker as it is between bread for a quick sandwich. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup small dice fennel bulbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves, chives, or chervil
  • 1 tablespoon anise liqueur

    such as Pernod or another Pastis (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche

    or sour cream

  • 1 pound hot-smoked salmon

    or cold-smoked salmon or a mix of the two

  • Crackers or crostini

    for serving

Instructions

To Saute The Shallots: Melt the butter in a medium frying pan over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add the shallots, season with a pinch of salt and a few cranks of freshly ground black pepper. Cook until the shallots are translucent and soft; set aside to cool slightly.

To Make The Smoked Salmon Rillettes: Stir the shallots together with the fennel, lemon juice, herbs, Pernod (if using), lemon zest, and crème fraîche. Season with a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Break salmon into bite-sized pieces and fold together until just combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Transfer rillettes to an airtight container, cover, and refrigerate until chilled through, at least 2 hours.

Tip

Traditionally rillettes have a bit of fat on top to seal them off. We like to mimic that by pouring a thin (say 1/8-inch layer) of clarified butter on top of the rillettes before chilling them. You by no means have to do this step but it does make it even more delicious!

to Serve The Rillettes: Let the rillettes sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving so they’re spreadable. To serve, spread on crackers or toast and sprinkle with herbs. 

Tip

The rillettes are best when eaten within 4 days.

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