I wanted to make something fun for Boat Club this month, since it’s the last one before fall.
I decided to make some personal Smorgastarta, which are just basically a sandwich cake, but a fun one.
Let me show the fun I had…
I usually have fun in the kitchen when I’m creating, just not so much fun when it comes time to clean up, but I’m getting better at cleaning as I go.
To start with, cut the crust off of the bread. And umm, it helps a lot if the bread is still frozen at this point, it was really hard to get the crust off the one thawed loaf.
Then slice it into thin slices. And again, the frozen loaf worked out a lot better this time round. I used my new Miracle Blade slicer for this. I just bought the set, and the slicer and the paring knife are worth it in my book, both are super sharp. Just had to say that.
I used the ham salad spread recipe I made in January, with one exception, I used some thin sliced luncheon ham for the spread. And it worked out quite well. I didn’t have any scallions, but I did find one lonesome looking leek in the veggie drawer, so it was pressed into service. Leeks do tend to last a lot longer than scallions or green onions and make an admirable substitute when you want a little oniony flavour but you don’t want it to hijack your dish.
I think I’m officially in love.
With my food processor.
I placed a few slices of ham in here and let the food processor have its way with the meat.
Added a little cream cheese, mustards, and mayo along with some of the chopped leek.
Mooshed up the hard cooked eggs, and added some mayo and mustard to them.
The leeks just as I was chopping them up.
Deviled Ham Salad all ready to go.
From the left, Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon mixed in with some cream cheese and mayo, and the Deviled Ham Spread. In the front Leek cut up and ready to decorate.
Continue until all the slices are done or you’ve run out of one of the spreads.
Place into a covered container and put into the fridge for a couple of hours.
This gives the sandwiches a chance to rest and recuperate and also means you get to clean up the kitchen.
After they’ve rested, you need to ‘frost’ and decorate them.
I used equal amounts of a good mayonnaise, in my case Duke’s Mayonnaise, Creme Fraiche and Sour Cream. Mix it together and then spread the ‘frosting’ along the sides and top of the sandwich. Don’t worry about it looking pristine or even really pretty. You will be decorating them a little.
I used a spoon to spread the ‘frosting’ along the sides and then spread a little on top, placed them on the serving platter and then I had fun. And forgot to take pictures of the just ‘frosted’ sandwiches. whoops.
I then had fun decorating.
You can do whatever your heart desires or in my case what I could find in the fridge.
I really need to go shopping, soon.
I used some of the leek I’d minced up, some of the hard cooked eggs, some parsley out of the garden along with some ham slices and the last of my jar of fire-roasted peppers.
And there you have it.
Mini Smorgastarta, and this won’t be the last time I make them. It’s just too much fun bringing them to the party.