Breakfast of Champions

Bagel with Butter and Salami

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Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: Normal people of the world -- try this.

Bagel with Butter and Salami from Food52

If you have never tried it before, let me introduce you to one of life’s great pleasures: the bagel with butter and salami. It’s the simplest things that are the best, right? A bagel with butter and salami takes three basic components and layers them one upon the next into a whole that is so much more than the sum of its parts. It hits many of the same notes as a classic French jambon beurre (ham and butter sandwich), combining chewy bread with salty butter and lacy, fatty slices of cured meat. I don’t fully understand why it is so good, but it is.

Bagels with butter and salami were a staple in my family. Versions of salami -- sliced paper thin -- are a pretty popular topping for bread or crispbread in Norway, and my family is particularly committed to our salami (and other sausage) eating because, I kid you not, my dad’s family owns the largest sausage factory in Northern Norway. Anyway, after my mother discovered bagels in the US, I guess she just kind of assumed that they should be topped with butter and salami, like a crispbread, and thus was born one of the all-time favorite breakfasts and snacks of my brothers and me.

We don’t eat bagels with cream cheese in my family, we eat them with salami. My husband, however, tells me that “normal people don’t eat bagels that way.” But, normal people of the world, if you don’t ever eat bagels this way, I really think you’re missing out. Give your cream cheese the day off and give it a try!

Bagel with BUtter and Salami from Food52

Bagels with Butter and Salami 

Serves 1 to 2

1 bagel, whatever savory flavor you prefer (I like plain or sesame)
Good salted butter
A few very thin slices of salami

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photos by Emily Vikre

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5 months ago Sugartoast

Magic! Thanks for sharing. Here's my version -- lox & kerrygold butter on a well toasted English muffin.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yum, that sounds super delicious too! I love kerrygold. And Lox. And English muffins. Obviously I must try this.

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5 months ago cristinasciarra

I love jambon beurre (bien sur) so I will have to try this. Would it be wrong to add cucumber coins, for crunch? There is a new bagel shop in NYC I want to try, so this recipe is quite serendipitous.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

It would not be wrong at all. Whenever I'm venturing beyond the basic three-ingredient combo, cucumber is my favorite addition.

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5 months ago cristinasciarra

Ha, perfect then!

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5 months ago Bevi

We served this for years at our hotel for Sunday Smorgasbord. Sliced salami, tongue, and corned beef with bagels and butter for the meat lovers, lox and cream cheese and lox, eggs, and onions for the lox lovers.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Bevi, you always make me desperately wish that I were a guest at your hotel and eating breakfast there. It sounds dreamy.

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5 months ago molly yeh

i think i could eat this three times a day every day and be a happy camper

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

There are some weeks when I do. And I am.

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5 months ago Knightcraft

Thanks to fiveandspice and FOOD52, my dinner plans are out the window again! Best food site EVER!

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yippee!

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5 months ago Knightcraft

And it always seems to be a good thing! Haha!!

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5 months ago Sophie Casha

This is so true! I had a bit of a gastro-enlightenment at Spitalfields Market in London, where I mistakenly pointed at the wrong sandwich. What arrived was a slightly toasted sweet, varnished bagel, thick smokey salami and a thin wafer of Emmental cheese. Pure and utter glory. It's my ultimate. Good with slices of cucumber to counteract the luxuriant fatty tissue!!!

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yes to cucumbers! I totally agree.

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5 months ago Jackie Phetteplace

Yeah, my mom used to roll up a smear of cream cheese in a slice of salami as a midnight snack. I transferred that to bagels as an adult and then to blueberry bagels. The touch of sweeteness is somehow very magical. I've never admitted this in public before.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Interesting! I'm willing to give that a try. I'm into weird but good food combinations. :)

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5 months ago mrslarkin

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The Mediterranean Diet! I lived on butter/salami sandwiches summer of 1987 in San Marino. Also good with prosciutto or ham or coppa or...

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Um, yes. Plus gelato. Then it's really the Mediterranean Diet, hehe.

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5 months ago HalfPint

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@Emily, when I was growing up in Connecticut, we always had Portuguese bread with a little smear of butter and salami. The local Portuguese bakery would sell these simple but awesome sandwiches for like $1. So salami and butter on a bagel is not too far off for me.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yum! I would love to try a version on Portuguese bread. I will have to be on the lookout.

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5 months ago Foodporncess

Try this but use cream cheese instead of butter, it's delicious. Also fantastic with a grilled slice of Taylor ham.

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5 months ago Merrill Stubbs

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Cream cheese and really garlicky salami on soft white bread is one of my all-time favorite sandwiches.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

That's my husband's style! He's a big fan of the cream cheese and salami combination. :)

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5 months ago L

I love salami! Thanks for the tip.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

You are welcome!

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5 months ago Tamar

and some basil leaves

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yum, that works!

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5 months ago Tarragon

Yum!

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks!