I can eat bagels any time of day. This Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese is the perfect option for any meal of the day. If you are not a lover of cold smoked salmon, this tasty creation just might change your mind.
Smoked salmon seems to be one of those ingredients that falls into two categories. Do you like it? YES or NO? For the longest time, I was in the NO category. My first experience with a smoked salmon bagel was not a positive one. Thank goodness that has changed over the years. Now one of my favourite things to make is Warm Potato Salad with Smoked Salmon and Dill.
The very first time I tried a smoked salmon bagel was a very long time ago. I had just started a new job in the big city. For lunch one day I decided to try a little deli that was located in the building I worked in.
Young and naive, I scanned the menu and saw Bagel and Lox. Since I absolutely LOVE bagels, this sounded like the perfect lunch. I ordered and anxiously waited. I was so excited to see what this was (since there was no explanation), and I didn’t think to ask.
My order was ready. I paid and quickly found somewhere to sit and eat. I unwrapped the salmon bagel and took a bite. OMG! I still remember asking myself “what is this”? My taste buds did a backflip, and I think I actually spit out my mouthful of food. I certainly knew what a bagel was, but what the hell is a lox bagel?
Jump to present day, I totally enjoy a smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese. So glad I gave it another try.
Smoked Salmon, Lox, Nova or Gravlox?
Do you know the difference between ALL these? Wow so interesting. I still have to try a couple of these tasty variations. My early experience with salmon was canned “pink” salmon. My mom didn’t even buy sockeye salmon never mind smoked salmon. In case you were wondering, you can indeed buy canned smoked salmon, and it is so delicious. Another great option to make a salmon bagel with.
Over the years, my taste buds have developed nicely, and smoked salmon recipes happen in my kitchen on a regular basis. You would have thought with my Ukrainian background I would have eaten smoked salmon at some point. My mom did eat canned sardines and pickled herring. I will say those 2 ingredients ARE NOT something I eat either (or ever will).
Now as for bagels, I have not come across one that I didn’t like. I wish I lived close enough to have Montreal bagels at my disposal. I know there are a few great bagel places in the USA too. This smoked salmon recipe is one we totally enjoy for brunch on the weekends, but also for dinner with a salad.
Smoked Salmon Bagel and More
There are lots of delicious ways to incorporate delicious smoked salmon in recipes. Used in appetizers, salads, added to eggs, pasta, or as fillings for sandwiches. Easy Smoked Salmon Plate is a great way to enjoy it as well. I bet if you put on your creative hat, you just might come up with a tasty version of your own.
Smoked salmon and cream cheese is the classic deli paring for a smoked salmon bagel, just like in my “bagel and lox” experience. For this easy recipe I just added some jarred artichokes (the kind packed in oil) to plain whipped cream cheese. Do you like artichokes? If not, fresh dill works amazing too. Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, or pickles are great additions. Don’t forget all your wonderful spices. Making flavoured cream cheese is so easy.
I like buying my smoked salmon frozen at Costco. You can purchase it in 1 large package (which is great for parties), but I usually buy the box of 10 small packages. I find 1 small package is enough for 2 people.
To make this smoked salmon bagel recipe:
- thaw the smoked salmon (in the fridge)
- mix up your flavoured cream cheese (or you can use plain)
- choose a bagel flavour (I used Everything, but Pumpernickel would be great here)
- cut the bagel in 1/2 and toast
- cover each half with cream cheese
- top with 2-3 slices of salmon
- garnish is capers (or dill, or nothing)
- top with a hit of freshly ground black pepper (optional)
So there you have my smoked salmon story and how I went from NO to YES. Sure glad I gave it another try (even if it was 30 years later).
How about you? Are you a YES or a NO?
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Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese
Deli style Smoked Salmon Bagel with Artichoke Cream Cheese is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Choose your favourite bagel, toast and slather with your choice of cream cheese. Layer on slices of smoked salmon, garnish with capers and enjoy!!
- 1 Everything bagel (or your choice of flavour)
- 4 tbsp cream cheese
- 2.5 ounces smoked salmon (thawed)
- 2.5 ounces marinated artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
- 1 tsp capers (optional)
- freshly ground black pepper for garnish (optional)
Thaw the smoked salmon in the fridge.
Chop artichokes and mix into the cream cheese. Set aside.
Cut bagel in half and toast.
Place 1/2 of the cream cheese on each of the bagel halves.
Layer slices of smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese.
Garnish with capers.
Top with freshly ground black pepper.
Feel free to use your favourite variety of bagel and your choice of cream cheese. There are LOTS of ways to make this classic deli food.