Spring is brunch season, isn’t it? There’s something about sunshine Sunday mornings that makes me look for an excuse to throw a blanket in the grass, pour a mimosa, and (especially during uncovered times) invite some friends over to join in. I also already have menus in mind for brunch-oriented holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day, which are just around the corner. As much as I love avocado toast and like waffles when it comes to low-key brunch menus for a group, it is just as hard to beat a classic salmon and salmon bagel board. The typical decorations (capers, red onions, cream cheese, tomatoes) are classics for a reason – and the ease of setting up a self-made bagel board makes it stress-free.
This may be controversial, but you know my least favorite part of the equation? The actual bagel. Maybe it’s because Austin isn’t exactly known for its bagel offerings, but I’d have a good piece of toast with all of the toppings on it right away. This inspired today’s phrase:
My Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon Flatbread with Lemon Cream Cheese takes all of my favorite ingredients of a salmon and salmon situation and serves it on a crispy but chewy flatbread that is perfect for sharing.
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Let’s talk about crust.
For this one, I used a store-bought ball of pizza dough to make it super easy. All you have to do is bake until the bottom is golden yellow and crispy and then add your toppings. Of course, what really makes this over the top indulgence for a gathering is the bagel seasoning that covers the outside of the crust and flavored every single bite.
Other options for your base? Naan bread works great, and even flatbreads could be fun. Just brush a little olive oil around the edges, sprinkle with bagel seasoning, then put it in the oven until golden brown.
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Smoked salmon flatbread versus bagels and salmon.
One thing I love about smoked salmon in the flatbread version is that you can use it to combine the perfect flavor combination with every single bite. If this is served as a first course or as an element of a larger brunch spread, you can cut it into smaller pieces that aren’t quite as filling as a whole bagel situation, which in and of itself makes a meal of sorts.
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So what is salmon and what is it usually served with?
Lox is salmon that has been cured, smoked, or pickled in salt and other spices. Basically, it is “cooked” or preserved using methods other than traditional cooking. It’s a Yiddish term, although it’s known as Gravlax in Scandinavian countries.
Traditional side dishes with salmon include bagels with cream cheese and toppings like tomatoes, capers, sliced onions, and cucumbers. It’s a pretty perfect combination – I could eat this every weekend and I’ll never get bored.
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This smoked salmon flatbread isn’t a traditional salmon, but it’s the perfect brunch centerpiece for just about any spring event. A big green salad is a must on the side, and if you want a heartier spread, pair it with my frittata or a bowl of scrambled eggs.
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