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Smoked Salmon Cracker Bread with "Everything" Cream Cheese

I love “duh” moments when you sit and wonder why you never thought of something so ingenious and so simple.

You like bagels?  I like bagels.  Especially “everything” bagels.

You know what I don’t like about “everything” bagels?  Getting covered in assorted seeds while I’m trying to eat my breakfast.

A few years ago, my husband and I were in the Chicago area and we had a wonderful breakfast at the Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park.  I ordered their smoked salmon plate and had a “duh” moment.

Those geniuses put the “everything” toppings in the cream cheese instead of on the outside of the bagel!

No fingers covered in poppy seeds.  No sesame seeds bouncing all over your plate and the table.

You’re still going to be pulling seeds out of your teeth all day but let’s face it.  It’s worth it.  At least my cute top wasn’t bedazzled in poppy and sesame.

I’m also a “thin crust” kinda girl.  We’ll save the details for another post but when I came across this recipe for cracker bread from Cheeky Kitchen on Pinterest I was automatically intrigued.  I added black seseme seeds and dried rosemary to the dough in keeping with the “containing-pesky-ingredients” theme.  Yummy recipe–it turned out great!

Smoked salmon–love it. I sure didn’t at 6.  I can still remember going out to brunch with family and my uncle pushing me to try bagels and lox.  What 6 year old likes sliced, cold fish on top of their bagel?  Turns out this one did.  That same year he also got me to try pâté.  That didn’t turn out so well–but you can’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Whip up some “everything” cream cheese and smear it on the cooled cracker bread.

Layer on fresh, pink smoked salmon ribbons, crunchy cucumber slices, crisp red onion, and salty capers.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.

So good.  Duh.

Smoked Salmon Cracker Bread with "Everything" Cream Cheese


  • 4 oz. smoked salmon slices
  • 1/4 c. thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 c. thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 tbsp. capers, drained
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 cracker bread recipe
  • Everything Cream Cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp each: dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Mix the cream cheese, spices, salt, and pepper together. Spread on the cooled cracker bread.
  2. Layer on the salmon, onion, and cucumber. Sprinkle on the capers.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle kosher salt & cracked black pepper to taste.

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