Call me weird, but I love fish for breakfast. Specifically, lox and bagels. But having that on a regular basis is expensive! Lox (brined, cold-smoked salmon or nova (unbrined cold-smoked salmon) can cost up to $3 an ounce, and that’s hard on anyone’s breakfast budget. So I decided to experiment with canned salmon, which is about forty cents an ounce, and I developed a reasonable substitute. Here’s the recipe:
Salmon Breakfast Spread
8 ounces light cream cheese at room temperature
1 5-ounce can pink salmon, drained
1/4 cup minced red onion
2 teaspoons drained capers (optional)
Minced chives for garnish
Combine all ingredients except the chives in a bowl and mix well with a rubber spatula.
To serve, spread the mixture over half of a toasted bagel and top with the chives.
Refrigerate the spread, covered.
Yield: Spread will use up about 5-6 bagels, depending on the thickness of the spread applied.