Cream cheese board with smoked salmon and onion, and toasted bagels.

Cream Cheese Brunch Board with Garlic-Toasted Bagels Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


This brunch board is so easy to put together but is sure to impress your guests! 

Listen to me explain briefly about how to make this brunch board, with some great tips along the way, by clicking the play button below:

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  • 1 pkg. Toufayan Bagels, any variety
  • Olive oil spray*
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. granulated garlic
  • 8 oz. plain cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (4 oz.) pkg. sliced smoked salmon, any variety
  • ¼ red onion, peeled, sliced paper thin
  • ¼ cup drained capers 
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh chive
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill fronds


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice bagels in half so each creates 4 pieces (bagels are packaged pre-sliced).
  3. Place bagels, cut side up, on large sheet pan. Spray bagels generously with olive oil spray. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic evenly over each bagel.
  4. Place pan in oven, bake 10 minutes or until bagels are toasted to desired color. Remove pan from oven and let stand until ready to use.
  5. Meanwhile spread cream cheese on a food board, platter, or plate. 
  6. Using hands, break salmon into bite-sized pieces and scatter evenly over cream cheese. Top with red onion, capers, chive, and dill.
  7. Arrange bagels around cream cheese. Serve immediately.


*Instead of olive oil spray, you can lightly spread bagels with softened butter.
For food safety, the cream cheese board should be refrigerated or discarded after 4 hours.