LUCY BURDETTE: The plan was for the residents of the condo to have a party by the pool. We'd all bring drinks and snacks to share and enjoy a glorious sunset.
In the past, I'd bought containers of smoked fish dip (which is not inexpensive) and we scarfed every bite down. Then it occurred to me that I could make it myself--for less money and skipping the unappealing ingredients.
8 oz smoked trout or other fish
4 oz cream cheese
8 oz sour cream
3 scallions, cleaned and minced
1/4 heaping teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
(Or for another variation, leave out the scallions and Old Bay and replace them with a tablespoon of horseradish and two tablespoons of chopped fresh dill.)
In one bowl, flake the fish.
In another bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, the sour cream, the chopped scallions, and the lemon. Mix well.
Stir in the fish and mix that up.
Serve with crackers or chips or celery or endive.
I had the dip prepared but the weather went sour. Tornado warnings, severe thunderstorms, torrential rain.
No Problem for this gang--we moved the party to the garage!
Meanwhile, the smoked fish dip goes perfectly with MURDER WITH GANACHE, in stores now!
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