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BLT Smish

BLT Smish 20.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Apr 30, 2014

On a bagel, this flavorful spread concentrates the flavors of a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich in each bite. It's also a winning condiment for a chicken sandwich or a burger.

Make Ahead: The smish can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.


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Tested size: 20 servings; makes 1 1/4 cups

  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato paste, such as Mantova brand
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits, such as Hormel brand
  • 1 ounce kale chips, such as Brad's brand, crushed to small pieces (6 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces regular or low-fat cream cheese (do not use nonfat), at room temperature

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Combine the tomato paste, bacon bits, kale, pepper and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Use a flexible spatula to blend until well incorporated. Serve right away, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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From food writer and cookbook author David Hagedorn.

Tested by David Hagedorn.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per tablespoon (using low-fat cream cheese): 45

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 3g 5%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 5mg 2%

Sodium: 150mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 3g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 2g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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