Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball

September 12, 2017 By Cathy — 4 Comments
Cream cheese flecked with herbs and smoked salmon is rolled in everything bagel seasoning for a spread that tastes like a bagel sandwich (minus the carbs).

Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball

As much as I love the summer (and I love the summer), it’s also a time when I go into a little friend withdrawal. We’re all running in different directions between travel, camp, and sports, and it seems like before we know it, we’re seeing each other in the school supply aisle of Target and planning drinks post back-to-school-night. But the fall schedule is more than just crazy weekdays and school shopping. It’s about weekends spent around the firepit, football games and catching up.

Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball

 

Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball

Since we moved to New Jersey what sometimes feels like a hundred years ago, we’ve established a network of good friends that feel more like family. I’m lucky enough to live near my close college friends and nothing makes me happier than seeing our kids form their own special bonds. And I have my kids to thank for introducing us to a fun crew of families that go back to preschool and chatting on the elementary school blacktop.

So now that we’re all back and tethered to our town on the weekends thanks to our kids’ sports and activities, we have some time to get together and reconnect. For the kids, it’s running around the yard, playing Ghosts in the Graveyard, and sneaking sweets out of the candy jar. For the guys it’s drinking out of their team mugs and taking turns nodding off while watching the football games. For the ladies, it’s yammering around the kitchen island, occasionally puzzling and usually sipping wine.

Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball

If it is our turn to host, I gravitate towards comfort food and game day fare like white chicken chili, sausage rolls or buffalo cauliflower bites. But sometimes a brunch is better fit for the day and that means bagels, mimosas and citrus salad. A tasty addition to the brunch menu is this everything bagel smoked salmon and cream cheese ball. Okay, I know that’s a mouthful, but each word is key to the description.

Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball

I’m partial to everything bagels, so I love this seasoning blend that tastes just like my favorite bagel, minus the carbs. I mix up a cream cheese spread with chunks of smoked salmon, fresh herbs and lemon and roll it in the everything bagel seasoning. It can be served alongside fresh bagels, bagel crisps, pumpernickel squares or fresh vegetables. It’s make ahead, looks pretty on a platter, and works for lunch or an appetizer spread.

So along with crisp weather and shorter days, I’m easing back into our fall groove of weekend get-togethers. Sometimes football, usually a fire, and always plenty of food and good friends.

Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball

Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball
Prep Time
15 mins
Resting Time
30 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Cream cheese flecked with herbs and smoked salmon is rolled in everything bagel seasoning for a spread that tastes like a bagel sandwich (minus the carbs).
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese ball
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 248 kcal
Ingredients
Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 Tbsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced garlic
  • 2 tsp sea salt
Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Spread
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives minced
Instructions
Everything Bagel Seasoning
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Spread
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process just until combined (alternatively beat together with the paddle attachment of a kitchen mixer).

  2. Scrape salmon spread onto a large sheet of plastic wrap, cover and form into a ball. Refrigerate until set, about 30 mins to an hour.
  3. Roll the chilled salmon ball in the everything bagel seasoning until well coated. Serve with bagels, bagel chips or pumpernickel squares, sliced tomato, capers, and red onion.
Nutrition Facts
Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 879mg 37%
Potassium 159mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 15.8%
Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 12.3%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball

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Filed Under: Appetizers/Snacks, Breakfast/Brunch, Recipe

Comments

4 responses to “Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Ball”

  1. Mimi says:

    This is truly brilliant! I’ve made similar spreads, probably with leftover lox, but I love what you did with the bagel seasoning!

  2. C says:

    Trader Joe’s makes an everything bagel seasoning that is already put together! I’m going to use that, saves a few steps!

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