Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Cucumber, Dill and Crème Fraîche

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This is about as easy and sophisticated as it gets when it comes to a mid-day bite. Rye bread is spread with crème fraîche, topped with smoked salmon and garnished with sliced cucumbers, fresh dill and rock sea salt. You get the protein, the fiber, and the fat in each and every bite. Each component balances one another, in texture, color, and taste. Enjoy!

Crème fraîche is not what I’d normally assume as an acceptable dairy product, because it is from a cow and super rich, but “cream” is different than regular milk products, because it is far lower in casein than milk. As a percentage of total calories, butter and cream are lower in animal protein. It is one of the ideas backing the “French Paradox”. From the Wikipedia page about the catchphrase, which refers to how the French have a low incidence of heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fats, here’s what it has to say about cream in the diet:

“The French diet is based on natural saturated fats such as butter, cheese and cream that the human body finds easy to metabolize, because they are rich in shorter saturated fatty acids ranging from the 4-carbon butyric acid to the 16-carbon palmitic acid. But the American diet includes greater amounts saturated fats made via hydrogenating vegetable oils which include longer 18- and 20-carbon fatty acids. In addition, these hydrogenated fats include small quantities of trans fats which may have associated health risks.”

So, don’t fret so much about full-fat milk products or butters and cream. These are actually better for you and easier to digest than their over-processed, skimmed counterparts.

This Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Cucumber, Dill and Crème Fraîche doesn’t have a strict recipe – simply adapt it to your hunger levels and however many people are being served.

The more people served the more the glow:

Salmon: is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which help to treat and prevent inflammation, promote healthy joint cartilage, decrease chances of depression, and increase cognitive function. Salmon is also full of vitamin D, which plays a key role in lowering the risk of several types of cancer, including breast, prostate and colon cancer. Because of its fat content, salmon locks moisture into skin cells, which contributes to a more youthful look, including clearer skin and healthier hair (and decreased hair loss!). The fish is great for eye and cardiovascular health as well.

Open-Faced Smoke Salmon Sandwich with Cucumber, Dill and Crème Fraîche

Serves whoever is hungry

Ingredients:

  • Slices of rye bread
  • Smoked salmon
  • Crème fraîche
  • Fresh cucumber, sliced thinly
  • Fresh dill, chopped
  • Rock salt and pepper

Directions:

Slice the bread, spread each piece thinly with crème fraîche, top with smoked salmon and slices of cucumber, garnish with fresh dill, and season with salt and pepper.

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Bon Appetit!

xo Aylin

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