Today’s recipe is my take on a delightful appetizer made by a mysterious, black-haired, smokey eyed, Romanian gypsy who weaves her Eastern Romanian fare with Italian and Camaroonian accents. With her help, I have learned to appreciate traditional foods full of nutritional goodness. I could sit all day and listen to her stories of growing up in a Communist state.
She made this appetizer for a get-together and served it with Belgian endive leaves. I told her I think she is a great cook. She attributes it to the fact that, because she has been many places besides the United States, she has no preconceived idea of what she “needs” to make to please people. So she is free to “just make.”
I think this would be a great dip to take to a Super Bowl party. It is called Salmon OCD Dip to help you remember why it is so good for you. Omega-3. Calcium. Vitamin D.
Salmon OCD Dip
1 can of salmon, 14.75 ounces (I use wild-caught, intact salmon, meaning the bones and skin included.)
1/2 tin of sardines
10 capers or more
1/2 of a small onion, chopped
1/4 cup of softened palm shortening or leftover bacon drippings
Juice of one lemon
1/2-1 teaspoonful of salt
Optional: 2 small, thin anchovies
Put the salmon in a food processor, blender, or mini food processor. Don’t look at the disgusting mixture. Just think and repeat “omega-3, calcium, and vitamin D.” Process well.
Add the sardines, capers, onion, palm shortening or bacon drippings, salt and lemon juice. (And the anchovies if desired.) Process well.
Transfer to serving bowl. I prefer to serve this with fresh carrots and sliced apples. My friend served it with Belgian endive which she had separated into “boats” and arrayed on the serving platter. Lovely.
Family “gustar” report: My kids won’t try it. If your kids love seafood a lot, it may go. If they don’t, probably won’t. My husband and I both think it’s great.
I wish you health and hope that you will consider what intensive nutrition could do to help you attain it, even if it seems like a problem that would have NO nutritional connection. You may be very surprised. I was.