Recipe: Mini Bagels and Lox

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(Image credit: Kaitlin Flannery)

On my last trip to New York, I stopped at Russ & Daughters for a bagel sandwich. I didn’t know the “right way” to order it — I felt anxious and shy with a serious fear of missing out — so I asked the kind man at the counter to make it the way he liked. My prize was heavy, loaded with chive cream cheese, bright red onions, a slice of tomato, and a generous portion of lox. I tucked the paper sack into my laptop bag and then, yes, ate it shamelessly at my terminal in LaGuardia. No worries — I packed gum!

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(Image credit: Kaitlin Flannery)

This simple rendition is indulgent, but more snackable and party-ready. Just toast some mini bagels and top them with a quick schmear of cream cheese — flavored with chives if you like. Layer on the smoked salmon, sprinkle with toppings, and presto — fancy mini brunch treats for you and your friends!

I omitted the red onion to make it a more people-friendly brunch party treat, but thin slices would offer a friendly crunch to this three-bite dream.

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Mini Bagels and Lox

Makes14 pieces

Ingredients

  • 7

    mini plain bagels, halved

  • 14 ounces

    cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 9 ounces

    Nova lox

  • 1 tablespoon

    finely chopped fresh chives

  • 2 teaspoons

    dried onion flakes

  • 2 teaspoons

    dried minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon

    flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

  • 1 teaspoon

    poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Toast the bagels. Spread the cream cheese over the cut sides of the bagels. Divide and arrange the lox evenly over the bagels. Sprinkle with chives.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the onion, garlic, salt, and poppy seeds. Sprinkle over the bagels or serve alongside.

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