I have a major love of bagels. I always have. My Mom use to always go out to pick up bagels for breakfast on the weekends. My Dad, another lover of bagels use to always buy lox for his bagels. I’m never really cared for lox because I really don’t like salmon at all. Lox is a brined or smoked salmon fillet, usually served on a bagel with cream cheese and red onion or tomato and maybe capers. My Dad enjoyed this and would buy it often. It’s not an inexpensive item. It’s usually about $8-$10 for a small package.
My Dad always wanted my brothers and I to try a food before deciding if we didn’t like it or not. He’d say “How do you know you don’t like it if you don’t try it?” We’d roll our eyes whenever he’d say that but we’d try it. I’m actually glad he did this, because we aren’t picky eaters now after all these years.
That’s how I started to enjoy lox. We were in Atlantic City, NJ and my Dad had a VIP membership to this high rollers club inside a hotel. You could go in there any time of day to get free food and drinks. That is the first time I decided to try lox on my bagel. I remember my Dad making it up for me. He added cream cheese to half of a bagel, topped with the lox and finished it off with red onion. I made a face and took a bite. Much to my amazement I liked it!! Actually really liked it. I think it was probably the salty lox on top of this delicious east coast bagel with cream cheese.
For the rest of the trip, every morning or afternoon I’d have a bagel with lox. So, I’m glad my Dad made me try it that day. Now, 13 years later I still enjoy it. From time to time I’ll buy it for my bagel. Today I did just that. I went shopping with my Mom this morning and decided to pick up a package.
This isn’t really a recipe just what I did for my Lox and Bagel. Give it a try especially if you enjoy salmon but even if you don’t.
Bagel with Lox
1 package premium lox/smoked salmon
6 T cream Cheese
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
2 bagels, (good quality from bagel shop)
To assemble: Spread cream cheese over the bagel and top with lox and red onion.
Notes: Use as much cream cheese and onion you like. It depends on preference. You can also top with tomato, cucumber and capers.