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Cream Cheese & Lox Crisps

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There’s nothing like lox and a schmear! This staple of American Jewish cuisine is tasty, convenient, and nostalgic. While many members of the Jewish diaspora might shake their heads in confusion at the combination of dairy and fish, from New York to Los Angeles an everything bagel loaded with lox is as good as coming home

History of Cream Cheese & Lox

As with most things made famous by America, neither bagels nor lox were invented stateside. However, as journalist Heather Smith says, “These mash-ups are what America does best.” 

Lox originally came from Scandinavia where the Nords mastered the art of preserving fish in a saltwater brine. The original name for this technique was “gravlax”. Traditional gravlax was made by burying fish in sand by the ocean, but modern versions rely on a combination of salt, pepper and dill to approximate that natural flavor. “Gravlax” became “lox” in the Yiddish language, which made its way across the Atlantic like so many others.

A favorite of American brunches, lox are most complimented by cream cheese piled high on top of an everything bagel. Bagels and lox are often garnished with tomato, onion, cucumbers or capers. The acidity and salt of the toppings work in concert with the buttery cream cheese.

Health Benefits of Lox

Cream cheese and lox are actually one of the more nutritious breakfasts around. This is because, amongst other whitefishes, lox is typically made from salmon—which is packed with nutritional value.

Salmon is a fatty fish rich in omega-3 acids. The interesting thing about omega-3 fatty acids is our bodies require them, but are incapable of creating them (unlike other essential compounds). But hey, if we need an excuse to load up on cream cheese and lox, we’re not complaining! Salmon is also a great source of protein for pescatarians and those on gluten-free diets.

Now, as delicious as everything bagels are, they are absolutely loaded with calories and carbohydrates; two things we don’t usually need more of in a healthy diet. That’s where Dare to Be Different’s “Everything Crisps” come in. Made from cauliflower, our everything crisps only contain 4g of carbs, 1g of sugar and 1g of fat per serving. Top that off with only 15 calories and you’ve got yourself a guilt-free treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Dare to Be Different Everything Crisps
  • Cream Cheese
  • Lox
  • Capers
  • Pickled onions

Preparation:

  1. Bake Everything Crisps according to package directions.

  2. Once crisps are cooled, top with cream cheese, lox, capers & pickled onions.

  3. Serve right away or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.


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