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Salmon-Wrapped Cheese Mold (D, KLP, TNT)
Source: "Pictures from Father's House, Food from Mother's House, the Dishes of Holidays," by Tova Aran (I swear, this is the name of the book - as you know, daddy takes pictures while mommy makes food)
Serves: 8-12 as a buffet dish

7-8 large slices of smoked salmon (I had 200g pack and it was barely enough; next time I would definitely use more)
250g/8 oz. cream cheese 30% (I used Philadelphia)
250g/8 oz. cream cheese 9%
250g/8 oz. cream cheese 5%
200g/7 oz. blue cheese crumbled
250ml/8 fl. oz) whipping cream
14g/1/2 oz. gelatin
1/4 cup hot water
2 tbsp. chopped chives
1 tbsp. onion chopped; I used the whole onion
100g walnuts chopped
2 tbsp. chopped dill
Optional: some green olives chopped

Mint leaves

Cover the bottom and sides of a mold with the salmon slices. I used for this a small mold that looks like a small Kugelhopf pan and as I said, the salmon was not enough. I guess that it would take at least 10 oz. or 300g to coat well the sides.

Cream together cheeses, add cream and stir until blended very well.

Melt gelatin in hot water and mix with cheese mixture. Add other ingredients and stir very well.

Pour into mold, cover with salmon slices, cover and chill for a few hours.

To serve:
Remove from mold, and decorate with mint leaves.

Poster's Notes:
At Shlomo's work, they give gifts for Woman's Day. The female employees, and the wives, get a gift.

Can you guess what they give? Last year, it was a set of pans. This year, it was a cook book!

Anyway, I was telling my father about this and he said, "but did you like the cook book?" I said to him I will make a dish from this book and bring it over today.

We had a buffet, and there were a few pies, and salads, and even fresh asparagus, and then my father comes to me, and he looks at me strangely. He says, "Is this the dish that you made from your new book?" I said yes, what is the problem. He claimed that I put it next to the cakes, and he thought it was cheese cake with apricots on top!

Here is the (very good) cheese mold - you see even chauvinists have their uses. I think it will be very nice as a light lunch in Hol Ha Moed Passover, though in the book it was under Shavout of course...

I did it in the Tupperware ring (the one that has an inner "crown" if you know what I mean and looks like a Bundt pan) since I thought this is a thing to be eaten with crudites, or crackers which I arranged in the middle.

While some people dutifully cut a small piece, spread it on a cracker (or a piece of vegetable), and ate it, I saw that most people just sawed a slice, and ate it like a cake. Of course, this is how my father ate it... Honestly, you should have seen the look on his face, it was priceless.

In texture, it is about the same as chopped liver, or pate.

Posted by Raya Tarab, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A