Having seafood at breakfast is vastly underrated in my opinion. Fish and grits, bagels and lox, even lobster omelets. These are all solid morning meal options. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that the average American consume 8 ounces of seafood per week, so why haven’t we embraced seafood as a legitimate breakfast item?
In our household, we’ve been making a concerted effort to cut out unhealthy items in our household diets and trying to eat more foods with all-natural ingredients. Part of this means incorporating more seafood into our diet. Alaska Seafood is a great way to accomplish that. It is naturally loaded with minerals, vitamins, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
So in an effort to get more seafood on the breakfast table using all natural and healthy ingredients without processed ingredients or preservatives, here is a simple recipe that uses fresh Alaska sockeye salmon to create a flavorful cream cheese spread that can be used on your favorite breakfast bread.
Believe it or not, this recipe is pretty simple to set up. Using salmon, chives, milk, and lemon juice, and you can create your own cream cheese that tastes better than store bought! I was amazed at how easy it was to “whip” the cream cheese in a food processor, and the salmon blended together nicely at the end.
What you need:
- 5 cups whole milk
- 4 oz. Alaska salmon, ground
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 oz. chives, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- In a large pot, bring milk to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Stir continuously to avoid scalding.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add one tsp. of lemon juice and stir for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Repeat twice more with lemon juice until large curdles form.
- Using cheesecloth, separate curds from the liquid. Cool solids for 15 minutes.
- In a food processor, add curds, salt, and pepper. Puree for 3 to 4 minutes until material forms a smooth and light consistency.
- Combine cream cheese mixture with chives and salmon. Add additional salt to taste.
- Serve on bagels, toast or muffin. Recipe yields 10-12 ounces.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 2 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 354mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 13g
The nutritional information here is an estimate. While I try to provide accurate information via Nutritionix, this information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that it will be completely accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any information sunnysweetdays.com should only be used as a general guideline.
We enjoyed our cream cheese on freshly toasted bagels. It’s an easy way to upgrade your brunch!
Alaska is the nation’s largest source of domestic seafood, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all the wild seafood harvested in the U.S. All of which is sustainably caught by local fishermen, including pollock, salmon, crab, halibut, cod and more. Click here to learn more about Alaska’s sustainable fisheries.