Bagels and Lox with Chive-Dill Cream Cheese

This New York deli classic makes an ideal addition to any brunch.

Bagels and Lox with Chive-Dill Cream Cheese
Serves 4 (whole bagels) or 8 (bagel halves)

1 cup whipped cream cheese
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
several shakes of salt and cranks of freshly ground black pepper
4 plain bagels, sliced in half
8 ounces cured smoked salmon
dill sprigs for garnish

In a small bowl mix cream cheese, chives, dill, salt, and black pepper.

Slice bagels in half. Spread with half with the cream cheese mixture and top with 1 ounce of lox. Garnish with dill springs. Serve immediately.