On past film commercial shoots the Chef was quick to line-up for a catered breakfast; going past the multitude of sugary confections and heading straight for bagels, cream cheese, lox, sliced red onion and tomato to build a Jewish deli kosher classic.
Now lox (mildly brined, cold-cured raw salmon) is too expensive for this chintzy chef, but canned or soft packaged cooked salmon is a fine inexpensive substitute. Fold it into room-temperature softened cream cheese, lightly mix with some lemon juice and you have a spreadable feast - a Salmon Schmear.
The Chef sees small tubs and packages of cream cheese in the 99c only Store cold cases quite often; bagels as well as small packs of cooked salmon are usually stocked. A salmon schmear is also a delicious party dip, just set out your preferred cracker, pita or toasted wedges of bagel. This kosher morning starter is a Chef favorite; right up there with McDonald's decidedly non-kosher sausage and egg, syrup-filled pancake sandwich "McGriddle".
Ingredients (serves 2 - 4)
- 8 oz. package of cream cheese (Philadelphia Cream Cheese is kosher)
- 3 oz. small package of pre-cooked salmon (Pillar Rock salmon brand is kosher)
- Sliced tomato and onion (preferably red onion - for this recipe the Chef used yellow onion)
- 1 tsp. dried onion (optional)
- 1 tsp. lemon or lime juice
- 99.99 cent bagels (Western Bagel is, of course, kosher)
Allow cream cheese to reach room temperature. Drain salmon and mix into cream cheese; the Chef likes a chunky spread, so mix lightly if you do, too. Add tsp. of lemon or lime juice. For a party dip sprinkle dried onion on top. Toast bagel and add tomato, sliced onion and salmon schmear.
For a kosher bonus, check out the Chef's humorous "Canter's Deli 60 cent Corn Beef on Rye" video post from October-- click here.