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Smoked salmon bagel with wasabi herb cream cheese

Be the hit of the brunch circuit with this smoked salmon bagel topped with wasabi herb cream cheese.

For a few months last summer, I had physical therapy every week to get my new hips working. My husband Ted would drive me to the health center for my early morning appointments, and afterwards we'd treat ourselves to breakfast at the café downstairs. One time I ordered a bagel with smoked salmon, a mild herb cream cheese, and slithery wasabi honey vinaigrette that cascaded over the edge and all over the plate. The presentation wasn't great, but the combination of wasabi and salmon stuck with me, and I knew I had to recreate the flavors in a more organized way.

Mission accomplished. This smoked salmon bagel is good enough to build an entire brunch party around it; you and your guests will be licking your plates to get every last drop of the cream cheese. Wasabi powder might not be an everyday spice in your pantry, but it's worth keeping on hand, as little pinches here and there can kick up all sorts of dishes. 

Serve this smoked salmon bagel with wasabi herb cream cheese open-faced or closed.

Smoked salmon bagel with wasabi herb cream cheese

From the pantry, you'll need: mayonnaise, dill weed, parsley, lemon, agave, kosher salt, fresh black pepper.

Inspired by Au Bon Pain café. Serves 2; can be multiplied.


For the cream cheese:
1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
1/2 tsp mayonnaise
1 tsp fresh dill weed, plus a few fronds for garnish
1 tsp fresh parsley
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp wasabi powder, or more to taste (I like at least 1/2 tsp)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Pinch of fresh black pepper 

For the bagel sandwich:
2 plain, wheat or multigrain bagels, sliced and toasted
2-3 slices of smoked salmon per bagel
1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced


In a blender, combine all ingredients for the cream cheese. (You can do this a few hours ahead of time, and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.)

Set out the toasted bagels. Smear all of the insides with the cream cheese mixture.

Top with smoked salmon, then a few slices of cucumber.

Garnish, if desired, with some additional fresh dill fronds.

Serve cold.

[Printer-friendly recipe.]

More brunch treats:
Bacon and egg tartine, from The Perfect Pantry
Breakfast quesadillas with smashed avocado, eggs and spinach, from The Perfect Pantry
Bagel quiche, from Recipe Girl
Smoked salmon brunch taco bar, from Noble Pig

Smoked salmon bagel with amazing wasabi herb cream cheese, a brunch delight!

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I do not have wasabi powder in my pantry but maybe it's time! Or, I could use some of the leftover wasabi from the next time I finish my California rolls from Trader Joe's. :)

Janice, so clever!

Oh, yum! Sounds SO good!

Candy, come to Boston and I'll make it for you!

Oh, my! I would love this. Funny, but every time I have smoked salmon (on anything) I want nothing else to eat for at least a week, morning noon and night!

Donna, and all I want to do is drink, drink, drink!

I do have Wasabi powder, and I love the idea of using it to flavor cream cheese! This sounds wonderful.

Kalyn, I can't imagine why I never thought of the combination before, but with the smoked salmon, it's oh so good.

Just tried this for the first time at the cafe. It was VERY GOOD!!!! Can't wait to make it for myself. Delicious!!!!!!

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