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Recipe: Smoked salmon and shiitakes on toast


Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Note: The salmon-shiitake mixture also can be served in tartlet shells or stuffed into hard-cooked eggs.

Several slices of white bread for toast points

1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps wiped clean

4 tablespoons butter

1 large shallot, minced

1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce

1/3 cup crème fraîche

2 teaspoons coarse-grain mustard

1 small red pepper, seeded and finely diced

2 ounces wild smoked salmon, cut into strips about 1/4 inch wide, 1 inch long

3 tablespoons chopped chives, divided

Freshly ground black pepper

1. Toast the bread slices to a light golden color. Remove from the toaster and cut the crusts off each slice to form a perfect square. Slice diagonally into quarters. Set aside.

2. Cut the shiitakes into thin crosswise strips and set aside.

3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Raise the heat slightly, stir in the shiitakes and cook, stirring often, until they are soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the tamari or soy sauce and remove from the heat. Place the shiitakes in a large bowl and allow to cool slightly.

3. Add the crème fraîche, mustard, red pepper and smoked salmon to the shiitakes. Add 2 tablespoons of the chives and mix well. Season with pepper to taste.

4. To serve, spread the mixture over the toast points and garnish with the remaining chives.

Each serving: 198 calories; 5 grams protein; 17 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 12 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 30 mg. cholesterol; 322 mg. sodium.

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