Kato's Tasty Salmon Cream Cheese Surprise!

"I love smoked salmon and cream cheese. I have tried alot of them, quite a few from here on Zaar. So I decided to try my own....I took my favorite ingredients and threw them all together to create this truly tasty sandwich. I always add a little extra smoked salmon, cause I love it...I hope that you will enjoy this version. Add these ingredients to suit your personal tastes. The longer the cream cheese mixture sits in the fridge, the better it will taste. This is wonderful served on a large toasted sesame bagel for lunch or it makes a great appetizer when served on plain fresh mini bagels."
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Ready In:
1 bagel


  • 12 cup cream cheese, softened, room temperature, good quality
  • 14 cup smoked salmon, coarsely chopped
  • 1 -2 green onion, large, coarsely chopped (your preference)
  • 18 cup cucumber, finey, shredded
  • 12 teaspoon onion, sweet, red, finely minced
  • 12 teaspoon shallot, finely minced
  • 1 12 teaspoons lemongrass, minced
  • 1 12 teaspoons cilantro, minced
  • 14 - 12 teaspoon salt, coarse
  • 14 - 12 teaspoon pepper, black, fresh ground
  • 1 -3 tablespoon maple syrup, pure, good quality (your preference)


  • In a small bowl add all the ingredient.
  • Mix well, making sure that everything is blended.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  • Wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Toast bagel and add the cream cheese mixture to it.
  • Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

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  1. teresas
    So very yummy...what I really enjoyed was the flavor of the cucumber...at first I was leery of using it...but it adds a refreshing taste...I used smoke salmon from an Indian reservation on the coast...it was Chinook salmon...I doubled the red onion only because I didn't have any shallots...and used finely grated lemon peel for the lemon grass...next time I will us the lesser amount of salt...was a tad bit salty for me...but spot on for DH...and I only used 1 tbls of the real maple syrup...this was a test run for both Christmas eve and New Years eve...two parties but different people...it's a keeper and I'm sure it will be gone in a flash at both gatherings...I made this as an appetizer...this makes way too much for just one bagel...thanks for posting this delicious recipe...=)
  2. Artandkitchen
    A winner! Yeah I like it!<br/>This wonderful spread is really great and tasty.<br/>I used balance Philadelphia cheese. I renounced to the maple sirup as I prefere this recipe salted.<br/>I'm lucky that I had still some frozen cilantro and frozen lemon grass.<br/>If necessary I think that the lemon grass could be replaced with fresh ingwer (perhaps better only half quantity).<br/>Cilantro is sooo special (I love it!) that I wouldn't miss it!<br/>Thanks a lot Kato!
  3. Julie Bs Hive
    Oh my! This is good! I threw everything in a mini food processor and pulsed a few times to be used as a dip for crackers and bagel chips. I had no red onions on hand so that was omitted, and we found it a tad too sweet (my fault,not the recipe's) as I had used the maximum 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. For hubby and I 2 will be sufficient. Made for the Aus/NZ recipe swap.
  4. I'mPat
    VERY RICH and SINFULLY good, I used a very low fat cream cheese and served it as an open sandwich on a slice wholemeal/wholegrain bread and could only just get through it all. Would make a wonderful dip/spread with crackers and fresh vegies to dip. Thank you Baby Kato, made for Everyday A Holiday.
  5. BakinBaby
    Soooo good. I didn't have lemongrass, so used lemon pepper, it was great. This is a fantastic spread and will go directly into my appie cookbook. Made for holiday tag. Thanks for sharing.


  1. Linky
    Only used a teaspoon of maple syrup; skipped cucumber entirely; used 1 tsp. of reconstituted Pennzey's shallots instead of red onion and shallots.



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