I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, simple flavors are usually the most profound. The art of great food is not necessarily about the number of ingredients, the amount of spices and flavorings, or even the technical knowledge of the person preparing the meal. It’s about a perfect balance of flavors, textures and aromas. This is true of the perfect serving of escargot as much as it is in the perfect plate of simple southern greens. They are both beautiful experiences in their own right, and neither one is complicated.
The same holds true of this simple little dish. It could be used as a tappas, an appetizer, a snack or even a great little brunch dish. The ingredients are simple, straightforward and complimentary in ways that would not be possible had any other ingredient been added. In this case minimal is better, and if you try it, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Not only are these tiny tidbits a wonderful taste sensation, they are healthy. Packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and lean proteins that we are all supposed to get more of. The cream cheese is low fat and so provides calcium without too much guilt. Of all the ingredients, only the bagels may cause worry for some, but they souldn’t. The tiny addition in carb count is more than worth it. Top it all off with the fact that this dish weighs in at only 4 Weight Watcher’s points, and you’re golden.
Even my wife approved, and she’s not a salmon fan!
- 1 mini bagel
- 2 oz. Nova Scotia style smoked salmon
- 1 tbsp. low fat cream cheese at room temperature. (We used single-serving two tablespoon packages)
- 2 sprigs baby dill, chopped fine
- lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Cut bagel in half and toast to desired amount. Spread cream cheese on each half of bagel. Sprinkle with dill.
Carefully separate salmon pieces from package. Squeeze lemon over salmon.
Arrange salmon on top of bagel halves. Add freshly ground black pepper and salt if desired. Garnish with a pinch of dill.
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I really can’t think of a whole lot that needs to be changed. This is something I think any seafood lover would enjoy.