Sunday, June 26, 2016

Homemade Salmon Shmear

Sunday recipe, what up!

What better for Sunday morning brunch (or lunch! Or dinner!) deliciousness than bagels with extra-whipped and fluffy flavored cream cheese? Not a lot, my friends. Not a lot. 

This Sunday is going to be lazy for me. Yesterday was our nephew's birthday, so we spent the day with the hubby's family. I still remember the day we got his birth announcement in the mail, and now, he's 6. I don't know where the time goes! We took him to the toy store and told him to pick out whatever toy he wanted. I think he loved this idea. He was wandering up and down the aisles, picking up a toy, trading it for another, making deals in his head... It was pretty darn cute. He ended up picking up a few WWE wrestlers. After securing him a blue-raspberry slushy, we headed back to my sister-in-law's for cake. We hung out for a couple of hours afterwards, but unfortunately, the hubby had to go work.


Yeah, the hubby is working some night shifts right now. The computer automation at their station is not working right now, so they are having to man the station 24 hours a day right now. Boo. We hate the night shift.

With yesterday being super-busy and the hubby working nights, I'm feeling lethargic. Working in the garden and stretching my back with some yoga are the only things on the menu. By the way, I think I forgot to mention I'm getting my latest shot on Wednesday. I'm doing the procedure the surgeon in Columbus recommended, and I'm greatly looking forward to it. I'm hoping my injury is similar enough to other athletes this doctor has treated and that this takes care of the problem. Oh yes, I'm hoping, hoping, hoping. 

But, since it's Sunday and not Wednesday, let's get into this super-easy brunch accompaniment!

Besides cream cheese, you are going to need salmon (obviously), capers, green onion (the white and green part), and a few pantry items. There's really not much to this recipe- you throw everything in the food processor.

Can I tell you how much I love recipes where you just throw everything in a blender? It would be thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much :-)

Mix the cream cheese first, by itself. Then, throw everything else in. Pulse-

Until your dip looks like this!

This takes me back to my first year out of college. I was living with my parents and working about 30 minutes away in Corvallis, Oregon. I would stop nearly every morning for a venti Caramel Macchiato and a Asiago Cheese Bagel with Salmon Shmear from the Starbucks/Noah's Bagels across the street from the bank. 

I guess we know why I was 50 lbs heavier back then, ha ha. 

My job was so miserable that the only thing that got me out of bed in the morning was the thought of a cheesy bagel smothered in cream cheese and an extra tall cup of sugar. Sad. But true. This girl was not meant to be a banker. Thankfully, life is much different now and I don't need a bagel everyday. Just every once in awhile.

These days, my favorite way to enjoy these bagels with salmon shmear is to add thinly sliced tomatoes, red onion, and few more capers.

You must try it. It might sound like the weirdest combination in the world (it did to me at one point!) but it's sooooo good!

Well, it's not getting any cooler outside. I better get my stuff done so I can come inside and enjoy some AC!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Recipe adapted from: Allrecipes

Ingredients (serves 10):

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened
6 ounces smoked salmon, roughly chopped
1/4 cup capers
2 tbsp green onion
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp lemon juice


1. Place cream cheese in a food processor. Pulse until cream cheese is smooth and whipped.
2. Add salmon, capers, green onion, cream, Worcestershire, and lemon to the food processor. Pulse until mixture is completely combined. 
3. Move dip into a bowl and top with more thinly sliced green onion. Chill until serving. Serve with bagels, crackers, or bagel chips.

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  1. Oh that sounds good! I make something similar but I never thought to add capers to it...genius!

    1. I would never have thought they would be included in the ingredients! But it totally works and tastes so much like what I used to get in Oregon. I'm a happy camper :-)

      Hope you are having a great week Debbie!

  2. That does sound pretty darn good! Boo for night shifts, my husband is working them this week too. Luckily it is working out with my work schedule and little man's daycare so far, hopefully my work doesn't throw a wrench into things until the night shift is over! In the mean time, a lazy Sunday and a delicious bagel sounds wonderful. We are salmon lovers so this is sure to be a fun new way to have it!

    1. Ugh, the night shift is the worst! It's been harder on the hubby this time though because they did away with the night shift in December. It's been awhile since he's done this. We are hoping it doesn't last long.

      Hope you are having a great week Carlee! :-)

  3. This sounds like a lovely Sunday Brunch dish - especially right now while it's all hot and messy outside. We need to eat more salmon a nyway! :)

    1. I love finding ways to sneak more salmon in my diet! It's hard around here, but I try my best :-)

  4. So, what is it about the banking industry and starting the day with bagels? After moving away, I had to break the cycle or addiction, because there just are no bagel places down here. But, oh how I loved them. I would work for about an hour, then take a break to go get my bagel. That was my happy place!!
    But... I never have tried a Salmon Shmear? How have I missed out on that? If I ever run into a decent bagel down here, worthy of a good shmear, I will try your recipe!!
    Hoping your shot went well and you are feeling some relief :)

    1. My happy place too! I think bagels were the only way to make working in baking bearable, ha ha :-)

      I get Asiago cheese bagels from the local grocery store here, they sell ones made in the deli. They are pretty good! I loved them with my shmear.

      Thank you for the well wishes, I hope you had a great holiday Kris!


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