Christmas Savoury Log with salmon

Christmas Savoury Log with salmon

By 01/12/2014

Sometimes at night I dream of recipes and around Christmas time this seems to happen even more often.

For ages I had in mind to make a savoury log;  I love the traditional sweet Christmas log beautifully decorated and with plenty of chocolate.

It  looks terrific but some people are easily put off by this as they find it fiddly and too difficult to assemble.. so they buy it ready instead.

If this is you, then you might one to take a look at this savoury log.

There is no baking involved as this is made up by overlapping slices of  bread. Place your filling on the bread, roll tightly, pop in the freezer for an hour to set, slice the ends, assemble and spread soft cheese over it.

Very easy to prepare it will make a gorgeous and delicious Christmas starter!

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes


Take the butter out of the fridge to soften.

In a bowl mix the soft cheese and the cream with a tsp of lemon. Put in the fridge.

Slice the bread lengthwise and remove the crusts. You will need 3 slices of roughly 1 cm (0.39 Inches) thick.

sliced bread

On your working top flatten the bread slices using a rolling pin.

pressing with rolling pin

Overlap the 3 bread slices. Mix the softened butter with 1 tsp of lemon and 1 tbsp of chopped dill and spread it on the bread.

Place the salmon on the butter and roll tightly from the long side facing you. Seal it with cling film and put it in the freezer for 1 hour to set.

Savory Christmas Yule Log

Take the roll out of the freezer and slice the two ends at a gentle angle.

Savory Christmas Yule Log

Use them to make the branches by placing them at the sides of the log.

Savory Christmas Yule Log

Spread the cheese mixture over it

Savory Christmas Yule Log

Mark the cheese with a fork to give the effect of a log

Savory Christmas Yule Log

Decorate with dill and pomegranate seeds. Serve with rocket leaves or salad.

Savory Christmas Yule Log

Savory Christmas Yule Log

I am entering this to "Tasty Tuesdays" and to "Foodie Friday" hosted by  Casa Costello.  Also this is going to I am also going to this month's Alphabakes Challenge hosted by Caroline Makes (with Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker). December's letter is 'X', for 'Xmas'.

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17 Responses to Christmas Savoury Log with salmon

  1. la cucina di Molly

    Ma dai, diventi sempre più brava con le tue creazioni, complimenti! Questo ceppo salato è veramente delizioso e anche coreografico! Ho preparato anch’io qualcosa simile di salato che presto posterò! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara non vedo l’ora di vedere il tuo adesso!Baci

  2. Fiver Feeds

    Nice job, it looks great!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida, They say that great minds think a lot. You and I both think about recipes at night in bed. I am known for getting my best ideas at night. This one that you had is an excellent way to have a savory appetizer for the holidays. A lovely presentation and I’m sure delicious as well. I like this idea of the bread covering over the salmon. Then with the cheese on top, it really looks like a log, the way you dragged the fork through the cheese. Great job..thanks for sharing dear friend! Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      How funny, so we are in two then thinking of recipes overnight! 🙂 You are right, I feel just the same, the best ideas seem to come up always at night!

  4. Alison

    I love this idea, it looks gorgeous and I bet it was tasty

  5. gloria

    This look absolutely beautiful!

  6. Catherine

    Dear Alida, That looks wonderful to serve for the holidays. Blessings dear. Catherine

  7. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    What a fab idea, my Mum adores smoked salmon and cream cheese, I’m sure she would love this.

  8. Honest mum

    This looks beautiful, I’m going to make it with wheat free bread, perfect for Christmas! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  9. Casa Costello

    Genius idea! I love that you too dream of cooking – no wonder us food bloggers are exhausted! Thanks for joining in with #FoodieFriday x

  10. bakingaddict

    That looks amazing. Love love love this idea – I will have to use it for my Christmas party. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

    • Alida

      Thank you!

  11. Stacey Guilliatt

    this looks great, love the effect with leaving the ends uncovered #tastytuesdays

  12. Caroline

    This is brilliant, I love smoked salmon as a starter but I’ve never seen it presented as attractively as this! Thanks for sharing with Alphabakes.

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