When the day is through and you get some time to yourself at night, often it will be quality and elegance that you seek. This evening's smoked salmon snack just needs a pair of slippers and a good book. Then serve the rest at your party tomorrow night!

Smoked Salmon with Cognac Caraway Mayonnaise and Toasted French Bread

Gourmet  | December 1995

yield: Serves 8 generously

Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.


  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons Cognac
  • a side of smoked salmon (about 2 pounds)


  • Garnish: fresh dill sprigs and lemon wedges
  • Accompaniment: toasted French bread



With a mortar and pestle or in an electric spice grinder grind caraway seeds fine and in a small bowl stir together with mayonnaise, sour cream, dill, and Cognac.

Arrange salmon on a cutting board or platter and garnish with dill sprigs and lemon wedges. Serve salmon, sliced thin, with mayonnaise and French bread.