Whenever you take your favourite sandwich and make it smaller, it automatically becomes more fun! Perfect party bites that say ‘I am Canadian’ – yet take almost no time at all – try Montreal Smoked Meat Deli Sliders.
All you need is a decent deli, some bite-sized bagels and a bit of fancy mustard. I enjoy the combination of sweet spice and tang against a good Montreal Smoked Meat so I chose to go artisan with the mustard and make my own Apple Mustard starting with my own Apple Butter.
Apple Butter For The Win
Echoing the spice used in making a good quality Montreal smoked meat, I picked up the cinnamon, allspice and clove in the Apple Butter to highlight the deep flavour in the brine and rub that give the meat it’s unique flavorful and aroma. Then it’s as simple as equal parts of smooth & grainy Dijon mustard and you have a wicked taste combination that will make you sing ‘Oh Canada’ (even the French parts).
Apple Mustard: In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of smooth Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard and 2 tablespoons of apple butter until smooth.
Best results: look for Montreal Bagles, boiled in honey-water they’re slightly sweeter than their salty New York cousins. Go plain, sesame or poppyseed or, kick it up with mini-everything bagels.
Pairs well with a self-deprecating sense of humour.
The perfect party bites that say “I am Canadian!” – even if you’re not! Montreal Smoked Meat Deli Sliders with Apple Mustard on tiny Montreal Bagels. Sorry, not sorry!
8 mini bagels, sliced crosswise
1/2pound (300g) Montreal Smoked Meat, sliced thin
1/4cup Apple Mustard
8 cornichons or mini dill pickles
Lightly toast bagels, spread on a generous portion of Apple Mustard on the bottom, then pile on the Montreal Smoked Meat. Top with more Apple Mustard, the top of the beagle and spike it with a snazzy party-picked pickle.
Pass and enjoy. Great to have a little deli on hand when extended family comes to stay. Simple, fast & fun. Who says good food can’t be fast food?!
Cooking in her home kitchen just outside Ottawa, Canada; Cori Horton is a food photographer and recipe blogger. A Cordon Bleu-trained Chef, Cori spent five years as the owner of Nova Scotia's Dragonfly Inn and has been sharing all things delicious - right here - since 2010.