The absolute perfect way to enjoy your Sunday brunch? Bagels and lox, of course. This carrot lox will actually blow your mind, and you will not miss out on anything, I promise. Chris and I have served this to many MANY nonvegans, and vegans as well, and it was a hit all around. The inspiration for attempting this dish in my kitchen was my friend Ted (@wokwikside). Ted had invited Chris, Yvonne and I over for brunch last September (wow, a year ago, how crazy!), and while there, Ted served us a plethora of homemade vegan food (you can check it all out here), including vegan lox.
He actually served us various kinds, using cooked carrots, raw carrots, and roasted red bell peppers, but I decided to make this look as traditional as possible and go for the carrots.
Ted is a serious wizard in the kitchen, and the first bite of his carrot lox actually BLEW MY MIND. I had no idea such a thing could be done, and I just HAD TO share it with the rest of my (non-vegan) family. After browsing the internet for some direction, I can across the marvelously talented Olives For Dinner‘s recipe, as well as Mary’s Test Kitchen who did an awesome job of bringing this recipe to life and creating a video view of how this process works. You can check out the video below:
And of course you are going to have to pair this lox with some cream cheese and a bagel! I highly recommend the Chive Kite Hill Cream Cheese, it is our absolute favorite in this house, and you can never go wrong with it. AND I also suggest you either visit a bakery for some freshly baked bagels, or better yet, make your own! Try out my Fluffy New York Style Bagels recipe 🙂
I promise you it looks/sounds harder than it actually is. Chris and are not bakers, or even close unfortunately haha, but we mastered this recipe no problem and our bagels were soooo much better than the pack we used to buy at the grocery store.
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- 3 cups coarse sea salt, plus more if needed
- 9x13 glass baking dish (or any size suitable for the length and width of the carrots)
- 5 large carrots (do not peel!)
- 2 TB vegetable broth
- 3 teaspoons liquid smoke
- ¾ teaspoon coconut vinegar
- Homemade bagels
- Vegan cream cheese (Kite Hill Chive is our favorite!)
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Fresh dill
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In a glass baking dish, cover the bottom with a layer of coarse sea salt. Rinse the carrots and place them still wet into the salt, making sure they do not touch the glass bottom. Pour about a cup or so of salt over the carrots, or enough to fully cover them in salt.
- Place into the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, make the marinade by simply mixing together the broth, liquid smoke and vinegar. Set aside.
- Remove from oven, and cool a bit. Tap the salt with the back of a spoon to break it up, then remove the carrots. Begin to peel off the skin, removing as much as you can!
- With a mandolin or sharp knife, slice into long thin strips.
- Place the carrots into a large ziplock bag, then pour the marinade over them. Seal, being sure to remove air, then flip the ziplock around a few times to spread out the carrots and ensure they are all in the liquid.
- Place the carrots in the refrigerator for at least two days to marinate.
- Remove from the refrigerator after two days, and bring the carrots to room temperature. Serve 🙂 We enjoy ours on a bagel with capers, chive vegan cream cheese, red onions and fresh dill.
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