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How to Set Up a Bagel Bar That Will Please Everyone

published May 1, 2020
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Credit: Photographer: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: Sean Dooley

Whether you’re on the go or sitting down with family on a lazy weekend morning, bagels are a breakfast favorite. And you really can’t have bagels without cream cheese. If you’re lactose intolerant, it can be a challenge to enjoy the morning standby. But that doesn’t have to be the case; there’s a way to enjoy the dynamic duo without the pain.

Green Valley Creamery’s Lactose-Free Cream Cheese is a smart and delicious choice that hardly feels like a sacrifice. That’s because it’s made from the same thing regular cream cheese is made from: pure cream. The difference is that it’s also made with lactase enzyme, the enzyme that those who are lactose intolerant don’t produce enough of naturally to easily digest dairy products. Including it means cream cheese is no longer off the table and your mornings just got a whole lot brighter.

Credit: Photographer: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: Sean Dooley

Create a Breakfast Occasion with Bagels, Cream Cheese, and All the Fixings

While a simple swipe of cream cheese on your bagel is a fine choice, it’s fun to take it one step further and make the breakfast staple more of an occasion. Set up a bagel bar with all the fixings for yourself or your family as a special way to start your day. Whether you’re building a loaded bagel for one or you’re laying out the ingredients for a family of two (or three, or four, or more), it’s easy to scale the ingredients up or down.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Bagels: Of course! Pick your family’s favorite flavor — and pull out the toaster if you’d like a bit of a toasty crunch.

Cream Cheese: Green Valley Creamery’s Lactose-Free Cream Cheese is the perfect choice for those who don’t suffer from lactose intolerance, too. It’s so rich and creamy that it really is a schmear for everyone.

Credit: Photographer: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: Sean Dooley

Smoked Salmon: This is arguably the third most important piece of a bagel board spread. Opt for cold-smoked salmon that’s thinly sliced.

Veggies, Herbs, and Other Accompaniments: Ah, the most flexible and fun part. Sliced tomato, red onion, and capers are classic bagel board fixings, but don’t stop there. Fresh herbs like dill and parsley add brightness, sliced radishes and cucumbers add crunch, and sliced scallions provide another layer of flavor.