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Creamy Smoked Salmon and Dill Tart

This recipes comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.

Purchased phyllo pastry is used here instead of a regular pie crust for quick and easy assembly. This tart is best when served at room temperature.


5 frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 large eggs
1 cup half and half
1 cup whipping cream
6 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill or 1 tablespoon dried dillweed
Dill sprigs


  • Generously butter 9 1/2 inch diameter deep pie dish.
  • Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface (cover remaining pieces with plastic wrap, then with clean damp towel.) Brush phyllo sheet with butter and fold in half lengthwise. Brush folded surface with butter. Cut in half crosswise.
  • Place 1 phyllo rectangle, buttered side down, in prepared pie plate, covering bottom and letting pastry overhang 1 section of edge by 1/2 inch.
  • Brush top of phyllo in pie plate with butter.
  • Place second phyllo rectangle in pie plate, covering bottom and letting pastry overhang another section of edge by 1/2 inch; brush with butter.
  • Repeat process with remaining 4 phyllo sheets, making certain entire surface of edge is covered to form crust.
  • Fold overhang under to form crust edge flush with edge of pie plate. Brush crust edges with butter. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Whisk yolks and mustard in medium bowl to blend.
  • Beat in eggs, half and half, cream, salmon, onions and chopped dill.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Pour into prepared crust.
  • Bake until center is set, about 50 minutes.
  • Transfer to rack. Cool. Garnish with dill sprigs and serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6

Martin James