Christmas Bagel Bites With Leek Spread and Smoked Salmon
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.
- Ready In:
- 1 cup thinly sliced leek
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄4 cup white wine
- 1⁄2 cup cream cheese, softened
- salt and pepper
- 1 bagel, sliced into thin slices (40 slices, it's great with Melba toast)
- 1 (120 g) package smoked salmon, cut into 40 strips
- With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F). â€¨.
- 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.
- In a bowl, combine the cooled leek mixture and cream cheese. Set aside. â€¨.
- Bites : Place the bagel slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let cool.
- 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.
- 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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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.Reply