Christmas Bagel Bites With Leek Spread and Smoked Salmon

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Boomette

A recipe from Ricardo that I tried yesterday. It doesn't have to be Christmas to try this ;) I didn't have bagels, so I used slices of baguette that I toasted in the oven. It was a bit hard to bite. Today with the leftover of the salmon and spread, I used Melba toast. It was even better.

Top Review by JackieOhNo!

This was absolutely delightful and delicious! I love leeks and they were a wonderful complement to the salmon. I ended up using an 8 oz. container of soft cream cheese, which seemed to be the right ratio for me. Rather than use the thinly-sliced bagel, I had some miniature whole wheat bagels that I toasted in the oven, which worked out very well. I used some nice Irish smoked salmon, which paired well with the leeks. I will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Leek spread

  • 1 cup thinly sliced leek
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 14 cup white wine
  • 12 cup cream cheese, softened
  • salt and pepper
  • Bites

  • 1 bagel, sliced into thin slices (40 slices, it's great with Melba toast)
  • 1 (120 g) package smoked salmon, cut into 40 strips


  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F). 
  2. Leek spread: In a skillet, soften the leek in the butter. Add the wine and reduce until almost dry. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cooled leek mixture and cream cheese. Set aside. 
  4. Bites : Place the bagel slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let cool.
  5. With an espresso teaspoon or a pastry bag fitted with a small plain tip, top each slice of bagel with about 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of leek spread. Garnish with smoked salmon. Season with pepper. If desired, garnish with capers and dill sprigs.
  6. Tips : All the steps can be prepared in advance, even the day before. Assemble at the last minute or up to 30 minutes before serving, to avoid softening the bagel crackers.

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