Smoked U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Spread (appetizer)

Smoked U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Spread
4 (4-6 oz) U.S. farm-raised catfish fillets, grilled, broiled or pan seared (could also substitute trout, tilapia or sea bass)
1 (8-oz.) package cream or Neufchatel cheese
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon hot sauce
1 Tablespoon lemon pepper
½ cup chopped green onions
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley

Place cream cheese in a large bowl and microwave on HIGH for 45-60 seconds to soften. Stir in liquid smoke, lemon juice, hot sauce and lemon pepper and mix. Add catfish pieces, green onions and parsley and mix completely. Can be served warm or chilled. Serve as a spread with crisp crackers. Yield: 2 cups **If smoked fish is available, omit liquid smoke in recipe.