Make the best bagel and cream cheese at home with a simple recipe for cream cheese with scallions and capers, the perfect addition to smoked salmon.
February is definitely not up there on the list of my favourite months of the year, but I just learned one reason why February is moving up on my list—February 9th was National Bagel day, so I’ve decided that February should be filled with bagels and cream cheese.
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ll know just how much I love bagels–in university, bagels were a part of my weekend ritual. And the first thing I do whenever I’m in New York is head to one of the many incredible bagel spots. I have so many favourite kinds of bagels, but my go-to recently has been flavoured cream cheese with cucumber and smoked salmon.
This recipe is perfect for a weekend lunch and is a simple scallion caper cream cheese made with Arla Organic Cream Cheese. The cream cheese is the real star of this bagel, and it is elevated by the simple addition of thinly sliced scallion and chopped capers. Two ingredients I always add to a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. I also add a tablespoon of milk just to help the mixing process.
This cream cheese is made with 100% natural ingredients and no artificial stabilizers–I love how creamy it is and how easily it spreads and mixes, and it has the perfect balance of richness and tang that you look for in a cream cheese.
If you’re a vegetarian, you can leave off the smoked salmon and add a sliced tomato and you’ve got yourself a perfect sandwich.
The secret to making a bagel-shop worthy bagel at home is going big on the schmear of cream cheese. Always add more than you think you’ll need–you will never regret it, I promise. This recipe makes 2 cups of scallion caper cream cheese so you’ll definitely have enough for quite a few bagels.
Scallion Caper Cream Cheese
For flavoured cream cheese:
- 2 200 g packages of Arla Organic Cream Cheese
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp capers, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp milk, optional
- 6 bagels, halved
- 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 260 g / 9oz smoked salmon
- 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
- In a medium bowl, stir cream cheese with scallions, capers and milk, if needed.
- Spread a large spoonful on both sides of bagel, top with cucumber slices, smoked salmon and red onion.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Arla Foods, as always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting my sponsors and allowing me to continue creating recipes like this scallion caper cream cheese.