Smoked Salmon Bagels
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If you’re looking for an easy yet elevated brunch recipe, look no further than these smoked salmon bagels with creamy chive cream cheese and capers!
Learn About Our Sizzlefish Ducktrap Smoked Salmon!
Sizzlefish hand-trimmed premium Atlantic salmon fillets are cold smoked to perfection under Ducktrap's Kendall Brook label. Rich, yet mild flavor and perfect presentation.
The process of smoking salmon involves several steps. Here is a general overview of the process:
1. Brining: The first step is to brine the salmon. This involves soaking it in a mixture of salt, sugar, and sometimes other seasonings. The brine helps to flavor the fish and helps to preserve it.
2. Drying: After brining, the salmon is removed from the brine and dried. This helps to form a pellicle, which is a thin layer on the surface of the fish that helps to trap smoke flavor.
3. Smoking: The salmon is then smoked using either hot or cold smoking methods. In hot smoking, the salmon is exposed to smoke and heat, which fully cooks the fish. In cold smoking, the salmon is exposed to smoke at a lower temperature, which does not fully cook the fish but adds flavor and preserves it.
4. Cooling and storage: After smoking, the salmon is cooled and then can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.
What Is The Best Bagel To Use For This Recipe?
Smoked salmon topped bagels make a delicious breakfast or brunch. We love everything bagels in this recipe for their array of seasonings and flavor that they add. An everything bagel is a type of bagel that is topped with a mixture of various savory toppings, usually including poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried onion, dried garlic, and salt. The topping mixture is sprinkled on top of the bagel before it is baked, giving it a crunchy, flavorful crust.The bagels are slathered with a fresh chive cream cheese that adds creamy texture and pairs well with salmon.
What Toppings Put This Recipe Over The Top!
When it comes to toppings, let your taste buds guide you. A poached egg or fresh microgreens would be very tasty. We opted for tangy capers and fresh aromatic thyme for and elegant touch.
Capers are a small, pea-sized fruit that grows on the caper bush (Capparis spinosa). They are commonly used in Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, particularly in sauces, salads, and pasta dishes.Capers have a tangy and salty flavor and are often used as a seasoning or garnish in dishes. They are sold either in brine or salt-packed and should be rinsed before use to remove excess salt.
Here are some ideas for using capers in your cooking:
Add them to pasta dishes: Capers pair well with pasta and can add a burst of flavor to your dish. Try adding them to spaghetti alla puttanesca, a classic Italian dish made with tomatoes, olives, anchovies, and capers.
Use them in sauces: Capers are a common ingredient in many sauces, such as piccata sauce, which is typically made with lemon, butter, and capers. You can also use them in tomato-based sauces or creamy sauces for a tangy flavor.
4 oz. package Sizzlefish Ducktrap smoked salmon
4 bagels, toasted
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp chives, minced
1 tbsp capers
Fresh thyme for topped
Toast and cut bagels in half.
Stir together cream cheese and chives in a small bowl.
Spread cream cheese on each bagel bottom and top with smoked salmon, capers and fresh thyme.
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