Lox spread offers a delightful combination of flavors; creamy and tangy cream cheese with the smoky and salty taste of the salmon. It is commonly spread on bagels but can also be used as a dip for crackers, a filling for sandwiches, or a topping for toast. Its versatility allows for creativity in incorporating it into meals and snacks.
What is Lox Spread?
Lox spread is made from smoked salmon and cream cheese. The salmon is usually finely chopped or flaked and mixed with softened cream cheese, with various seasonings and additional ingredients.
Lox has a long history and is deeply rooted in Jewish culinary traditions. It has become a beloved staple in Jewish cuisine and has gained popularity and appreciation in many other cultures as well.
How to Make Lox Spread?
Making lox spread at home is simple and requires only a few ingredients. It can be quickly whipped up for a delicious and impressive addition to a meal or gathering.
Step 1: Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until it becomes smooth and creamy.
Step 2: Mix in the rest of the ingredients until they are evenly distributed throughout the spread.
Step 3: Transfer the spread to an airtight (glass) container. Cover it and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Step 4: Serve the spread with toasted bagels, crackers, or bread. You can add toppings, such as sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, or capers if you like.
What to serve with Lox spread?
Bagels: Lox spread is a classic topping for bagels. Toast or slice a bagel and spread a generous amount of spread on top.
Crackers: Serve Lox spread with a variety of crackers for a simple and tasty appetizer.
Vegetables: Cut up some vegetables like carrots, celery, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes and serve them alongside the Lox spread for a healthy and colorful snack.
Crostini: Slice a baguette and toast the slices until crispy. Top with a dollop of spread and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
Pita bread: Cut pita bread into small triangles and serve with Lox spread for a fun and flavorful appetizer.
Charcuterie board: Lox spread can be a great addition to a charcuterie board, adding a delicious seafood element to the mix.
Yes, you can make the spread without a mixer. While using a mixer can help achieve a smoother and more evenly mixed spread, you can still make a delicious spread by using a fork or spoon to manually mix the ingredients.
Refrigerate the spread as soon as possible. Use an airtight glass container or a glass jar with a lid. Store the spread in the refrigerator for up to five days. After that, it’s best to discard any leftovers. When you’re ready to serve, remove it from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes to soften slightly.
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- Mixer with a paddle attachment optional
- 8 oz (220g) cream cheese (regular or low-fat) at room temperature
- 3 oz (85g) smoked salmon finely chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- bagels, crackers, or bread for serving
- Add the softened cream cheese to a mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer until it becomes smooth and creamy.
- Add the smoked salmon, red onion, dill, and lemon juice. Mix until well combined.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- Serve the Lox spread on toasted bagels, crackers, or bread.