Ditch The Bagel And Use A Baked Potato To Enjoy Cream Cheese And Lox

Move over, bagel, and get ready for a twist for enjoying lox and cream cheese: The humble baked potato. Let's be honest — bagels are great but can be carb-heavy and sometimes lack textural variety. The baked potato acts as a canvas for culinary creativity. Its fluffy interior, crispy skin, and salty undertones offer an excellent counterpoint to cream cheese's richness and lox's delicate smokiness. Plus, potatoes are naturally gluten-free and can be a good source of fiber and nutrients, helping you feel full and energized.

Furthermore, baked potatoes can be customized to suit your taste preferences. When it comes to adding cream cheese and lox, experiment with different types of cream cheese. Chive and onion add a fresh bite, while smoked salmon cream cheese mirrors the lox's flavor profile. Next, pick your favorite kind of lox, whether it's traditional smoked salmon or gravlax. Or, go beyond lox: Smoked trout, thinly sliced cucumber, or even a dollop of caviar can add unexpected luxury. 

While the combo of smoked fish and baked potato with cream cheese may seem unorthodox, it can be a delicious and satisfying alternative to the bagel. It's also a dish that's suitable in all seasons, and would work for both a summer brunch or a winter lunch. So, ditch the bagel, embrace the spud, and you might just be surprised at how much you love it.

Select the right potato for texture and flavor harmony

To start, choose a russet or Yukon gold potato for baking. When cooked, these potato varieties have a fluffy texture, making them ideal for absorbing the silky goodness of cream cheese. Once the potato is baked, fluff the insides with a fork to create a light and airy texture. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and consider adding a sprinkle of chives or dill for extra fresh flavor. Generously spread your favorite cream cheese over the fluffed potato. The warmth of the potato will slightly melt the cream cheese, creating a luscious base for the toppings. Want to show off some of your home chef skills? Pipe your cream cheese mixture for a bakery-worthy look.

Next, delicately arrange slices of lox on top of the cream cheese-covered potato. Garnish your masterpiece with additional herbs, capers, or a squeeze of lemon juice, and serve immediately. Don't be afraid to be bold and creative — red onion, chopped dill pickles, or even a sprinkle of furikake for an Asian twist can add new dimensions of flavor. 

Finally, you could go one step further. If you have leftover mashed potatoes, form them into patties, pan-fry until crispy, and use them as pancake-style mini potato "bagels" for your lox and cream cheese. There's no saying you can't go back to bagels, but this switch will certainly liven up your mealtimes with a healthy dose of change, particularly if you start to experiment.