If Cookie Butter had its year, and cauliflower had most of 2018, then why hasn't Trader Joe's taken the plunge and tried to make more Everything But the Bagel Products? Perhaps, 2019 will be the year they make that commitment. But for now, we have the second of such products with Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoned Smoked Salmon.
Of all the combinations of Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning pairings that I've seen, avocado seems to be the most popular. Next to avocado, is probably cream cheese.
What goes really well with cream cheese? A bagel.
What goes really with a bagel and cream cheese? Lox. Or in this case Smoked Salmon. So we've now gone in a circle back to the bagel.
While the package doesn't indicate what this is, this is most likely cold smoked salmon. It does not have a cooked taste, it has the texture of sashimi (with a healthy dose of EBTB added in). Plus it didn't remind me at all of Trader Joe's Hot Smoked Scottish Salmon.
But, what you do need to know about this package is that it is very small. There are about 4 slices of the smoked salmon in this package.
However, when you are talking about smoked salmon, you only want what you'll eat because this product once open has a narrow shelf life.
Now, because I put this on a bagel for a recent road trip, I didn't take a finished picture, but the window on the package should give you a good idea what you can expect visually.
As I've said before, if you are a native New Yorker, you can get some amazing lox from your local bagel store. So nothing pre-packaged can come close.
If you aren't near NYC, then this isn't a bad option. It just tastes like a mildly EBTB infused salmon.
For $5.49 for this package, it actually is in line with this type of salmon.
Now, I personally prefer the EBTB seasoning that I add fresh on my own.
Would I buy this again? For me, Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoned Smoked Salmon is a one time purchase. It was good, but I live way too close to great bagel stores and I keep a few bottle of the seasoning in the cabinet. I think they could have gotten so much more creative with the pairings and I would love to see them do more with it down the line. But for right now, this was a safe option, but didn't quite knock it out of the park for me.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The package of Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoned Smoked Salmon:
Calories and ingredients
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Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Smoked Salmon
Product Name: Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Smoked Salmon
Product Description: Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Smoked Salmon is new to shelves and is lox and the popular EBTB seasoning.
Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoned Smoked Salmon is the second EBTB seasoned item
- Good flavor
- Small package ensuring in order to ensure a fresh product
- It was good, but doesn't reach the level of great
- Still just as easy to add seasoning to your smoked salmon (or cream cheese)