This is a simple bite of whitefish salad on an everything bagel with red onions and tomato. For me, there is nothing better on a Sunday morning than a toasted onion bagel with cream cheese, whitefish salad, a slice of onion, a couple slices of tomato, and some salt on top. It might be my favorite flavor combination there is, right up there with meat, cheese, and fried onions.This breakfast always conjures up wonderful memories of growing up In a Jewish family. I did not start eating seafood until later in life, but whitefish salad has been one of my favorite foods for as long as I can remember. For me, a bagel with whitefish salad brings back memories of summer mornings at my family’s beach house in Ventnor,NJ and memories of waking up and going out with my Dad to buy bagels and then going to my soccer game or watching the eagles game.
The other day, Jessica came home with a whole smoked whitefish and I told her we should make a bite out of it. The bite we did is basically a pared down version of the bagel I always ate with my family growing up, but we used cream cheese in the whitefish salad instead of mayonnaise. The single bite of bagel, whitefish, onions and tomato is so familiar and comforting, and reminds me of my family and my childhood.
(Makes 12 pieces)
½ lb smoked whitefish, picked
3 tablespoons whipped cream cheese (we used TempTee)
Small bunch of chives, thinly sliced
1 onion bagel, cut into 12ths
1 tomato, sliced and quartered
Red onion, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Bite:
- Slice bagel into desired size and scoop out a little of the dough. Toast.
- Pick whitefish off the bone of the fish or, if you bought a filet, pick through to remove any pin bones. Mix with salt, pepper, cream cheese and chives.
- Top bagel with whitefish salad, tomato and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve
© 2010 Jonathan Meter and Jessica Hertle