A few summers ago our daughter and her family were visiting us from Tennessee. We thought the purpose was just to celebrate Father’s Day, but we soon learned during dinner that night the surprising news about her second pregnancy. The announcement of the coming of our fifth grandchild.
Being newly pregnant and experiencing morning sickness (or should I say all day sickness), nothing seemed to satisfy her appetite. So we asked her if she could have anything she wanted to eat what would it be. She looked at her husband and said, “A lox bagel!”
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Not knowing what that was I said, “Where can we get that?” He asked where he could find some smoked salmon then off to the store went he and her daddy. They soon returned with several bags. You know how men always come home with more from the grocery store than what they went for?
After assembling some cream cheese, red onion, smoked salmon, and capers on a bagel she ate it with lots of satisfying “Mmms” in between bites. I guess that was her pickles and ice cream craving that calmed her stomach and satisfied her appetite. After giving it a taste I understood how it would cause a craving especially if nothing else seemed to satisfy. It is a very good, unique and different combination.
Lox is a type of cured and/or smoked salmon. Originating from New York, the lox bagel is well liked by many and can now be found in restaurants and bakeries all over the country. Just not in Ashley County.
A few months later I was getting ready to host a bridal shower in my home. Since it was going to take place in the late morning I began thinking what would be a good brunch dish to serve. Then I thought about that lox bagel and how those ingredients would make a great spread on a baby bagel or as a dip for veggies.
At first, I used a recipe I found for a salmon spread online, but since then I have made my own changes. It’s always a hit every time it’s served. Because this spread keeps well in the refrigerator for several days it makes satisfying that craving even easier. A craving I have now developed, but not for the same reasons as my daughter.
A soft spread made with salmon and cream cheese to serve on bagels that taste just like those popular lox bagels.
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons prepared horse radish
1/4 rounded cup green onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
1–2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 ounces smoked salmon
Place cream cheese in mixing bowl and beat until softened. Add and blend in each ingredient one at a time. Serve as a spread for bagels or as a dip for vegetables. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Serving Size:1 tablespoon
I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.