Smoked Salmon Toasts with Dill Caper Cream Cheese
I absolutely love bagels and lox. A good chewy bagel, preferably an everything bagel, with good cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers is a food that I often find myself craving. It’s not easy to find a good bagel most places! I’m sure anyone from New York has a lot to say about that. In most places good bagel shops are few and far between, and those chain stores, or even worse bagels from a plastic bag, are just not going to cut it. Living in Charlotte, we do have a couple of excellent family- run bagel shops that make perfectly chewy flavorful bagels and cream cheeses flavored in house. One in particular makes a mean bagel and lox. However, the problem with such cravings is that they better occur before mid-afternoon or you are out of luck. Even if they do occur early in the day it’s not often that I’m free to run out and meet my bagel craving for breakfast and lunch. Some times I just want that smoked salmon goodness for dinner!
This recipe was born out of a poorly timed craving. It’s so easy that it’s barely a recipe and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s perfect for those days you need a quick and thoughtless meal that can be pulled together in less than 10 minutes. Despite the simplicity of this recipe, the flavors are complex. Since good, fresh bagels aren’t always practical or available I’ve used a nice grainy bread instead. A couple of toasts and a nice salad with some lemon vinaigrette sounds like the perfect meal to me.
- 4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 block)
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 4 oz. smoked salmon
- several slices thick-cut bread of choice*
- Optional: tomato slices
- Mix cream cheese, dill, lemon zest, pepper and capers together until well incorporated and capers are slightly smashed (this helps them not to fall off your toast!)
- Toast the bread
- Spread bread with cream cheese mixture, top with tomatoes if desired and smoked salmon
*I used a seedy, whole wheat bread from Whole Foods
Note: If you can’t have dairy Kite Hill makes a great almond-based cream cheese that is delicious and could be easily substituted