you're looking for something to do today then break out your bagels
because it's National Bagel and Lox Day! Fish tastes good on
bagel? Who knew!? Let's get right into celebrating National
and Lox Day!
WHY IS THIS A
This traditional Jewish blend of flavors was brought to
United States by immigrants waaay back in the day and became a very
popular thing to munch on. It was so popular that it eventually got its
own holiday, which is today! Now I'm sure you know what a
is... it's a ring of dough that is boiled and then baked. It's more or
less a tough, less sweet, bready doughnut. It was invented way back in
the 16th century in Poland and it actually became a Jewish tradition to
eat bagels after the Sabbath, since they were quick to bake.
you may not have any idea what lox is; don't worry, I didn't either!
Lox is thinly-sliced, cured salmon. Yeah, I know... fish on a bagel?
But it's cured in water, salt, sugar and spices to give it a unique
flavor and help it last longer. Personally I don't care for the taste
of lox on its own, but maybe you'll like it. And to make a
and lox" you usually spread cream cheese on your bagel, add capers and
then top it with the lox. All of the flavors really seem to compliment
each other, which makes it much easier to eat than the lox on its own.
Some people will tell you to use a plain bagel... others will
to use an "everything" bagel. Some people will tell you to add onions
and tomato... others will say that you'll ruin it if you do. But either
way, it's simple to make, doesn't taste too bad and is pretty much a
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, you could head down to
your local bakery or deli and see if they won't slap together a bagel
and lox for you. They might actually be surprised that you
for it, unless you live in New York City, since it's not as common
today as it once was. But a bagel, fresh from the bakery is
best way to get one!
Or you could shop around and get all
the ingredients you need to make your own for home. Check
local deli for the lox, your local bakery for the bagels and your
grocery store for the cream cheese and capers. The capers
next to the pickles ;). You can toss everything together
and have a bunch of these waiting for you and your friends to snack on
all day! Or if you're feeling really adventurous you can cure
some salmon yourself a couple days in advance. It's not
difficult, it just takes a while to fully cure. And then you
bake your own bagels to get that bakery freshness at home!
aren't that difficult either, it just takes a bit of time to let them
rise. No matter how you decide to celebrate today, I hope you
enjoy broadening your horizons with this snack!