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From cream cheese to smoked salmon to pickled vegetables, there are several different ways to jazz up any flavor of bagel. This easy recipe is the perfect choice for a leisurely breakfast or lunch and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Bagel Spread


Southwest Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1 x 250 g block of cream cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado peeled and pitted
  • 1 chipotle pepper with adobo sauce (approx 2 tsp of adobo sauce) The pepper should have enough sauce with it when you remove it from the can.
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro

Tuscan Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1 250 g block of cream cheese
  • 8 pitted black olives
  • 8 pitted green olives
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes with oil
  • 4 small capers
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • Bagels (required)
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Capers
  • Tomato (sliced)
  • Radish
  • Cucumbers
  • Red onion (pickled)

Serves 8


Make each cream cheese separately by combining ingredients into a food processor and mix till fully chopped and incorporated. Remove and serve. Place on a serving tray with bagels and chosen accompaniments.

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