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Smoked Bluefish Pâté

Yield 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds smoked bluefish fillets, skinned
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cognac
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 medium-size purple onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • Garnish: lemon wedges, fresh dill sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Remove and discard dark meat from fish fillets. Flake white meat, and set aside.

  2. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with electric mixer until fluffy. Add lemon juice, cognac, and pepper; beat until thoroughly blended. Stir in fish, onion, dill, and capers. Pack into 1-quart crock or bowl; cover and chill two hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 to 30 minutes to soften; serve with crackers or crostini. Garnish, if desired.