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Salmon & Herb Strudel

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Company coming?  Try this elegant strudel that's as easy to make as it is good.  In fact, it's so tasty and delicious, you'll want to make it for the family too.

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 20 minutes
  • Stand: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 4
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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tbsp. water

  • 8 oz. (1 package) light cream cheese

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tbsp. grated lemon zest

  • 1 dash ground black pepper

  • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed

  • 12 oz. (about 2 fillets) salmon fillets

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F.  Beat 1 egg and the water in a small bowl with a fork.

  2. Separate the remaining egg. Discard the egg white.  Place the egg yolk into a small bowl. Stir in the cream cheese, chives, parsley and lemon zest.  Season with the black pepper.

  3. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.  With the short side facing you, spread the cream cheese mixture on the bottom third of the pastry to within 1 inch of the edges.  Top with the salmon.  Brush the edges with the egg mixture.  Starting at the short side closest to you, roll up like a jelly roll.  Place seam-side down on the baking sheet.  Tuck the ends under to seal.  Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.  Cut several slits in the pastry top.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.  Let the strudel cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

  5. Salmon Asparagus Strudel: Top the salmon with about 8 tender-crisp cooked asparagus spears.  Roll up as directed above.

  6. Serving Suggestion: Serve with sautéed thin (haricot vert) green beans. For dessert serve Napoleon pastries.

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Tip

Heat is the enemy of Puff Pastry—it handles best when cold. So avoid working with it on hot, humid days, in a stifling hot kitchen or next to your oven.

When serving Puff Pastry, cut with a serrated knife for the most even, attractive presentation.

Puff Pastry can puff up to 8 times its original thickness. That means even a sheet rolled to a thin ¼-inch thickness will rise 2 inches.

Use a marble pastry board to help keep Puff Pastry cold while rolling and cutting.

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Submitted by:
Sue M.
Date: 12/30/2007

5 star rating

"I used leftover home-smoked salmon and it was great; store bought smoked salmon would also be good, but you would have to use more of it. I also made it in the morning and refrigerated it until 5:00 PM, when I cooked it and it did very well."

Submitted by:
Celina M.
Date: 5/7/2008

5 star rating

"I have used it as an appetizer, cut salmon on strips as well as the puff pastry, you put the salmon on a whole part of pastry and cut strips on the sides and then braid the pastry around the salmon, when done you just cut into bite sizes and voila you have a lot of appetizers. My friends love it."

Submitted by:
Jil H.
Date: 1/3/2010

5 star rating

"This recipe is BOMB! So simple, yet very elegant. Even for a small event, this is a BIG hit!"

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