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Dinner Tonight: Smoked Salmon with Dill Crème Fraiche on Pretzel Bun

What do you think of pretzel buns? I've been seeing them pop up on burgers from time to time, but I think they also work wonders for other sandwiches. Take this recipe, which was inspired by one of my favorite local sandwich shops, Hannah's Bretzel in Chicago. While I wasn't able to quite nail the perfection of their sandwiches—no doubt due to not having their freshly made bread—it definitely worked.

Like all great sandwiches, it's the simplicity of design that works here. Just enough ingredients are used to give the sandwich variety and flavor, but not enough to weigh it completely down. Pairing smoked salmon with crème fraiche, dill, and red onion is almost always a great idea, and the cucumber is perfect for adding some crunch.

The big surprise for me was how much I enjoyed the alfalfa sprouts, which gave each bite an earthiness that balanced the smokiness of the fish.

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