Do you love bagels? Mmmm, warm, crunchy bread with soft doughy centers. It's hard to go wrong with these delicious, breakfast and snack-time circles of joy. The only thing better than a bagel is a bagel topped with something tasty. In fact, I never eat a bagel plain, even a flavored one. I always put either cream cheese, peanut butter, or at the very least butter, on mine.
How to Perfectly Toast Your Bagel
- Be sure to cut the bagel in half at its crease. I have a friend who started a small fire by putting an entire bagel into one slot of the toaster.
- I have found that bagels hold their toppings best when the bagel is not toasted too dark. Set the toaster's knob to a lower setting, a little below the middle point. This may mean you'll have to toast the bagel twice, but the extra time to toast the bagel perfectly will be worth it.
- The bagel should come out a light golden brown on the inside, and its outside should be slightly crunchy. This will make it easy to spread butter and toppings as they will gently melt into the bagel's crevices.
Simple Topping Ideas
Butter or Margarine
One of the simplest and most delicious ways to enjoy a toasted bagel.
The classic. For ideas about how to flavor your cream cheese, see below.
I spread peanut butter on a wheat bagel every morning for breakfast.
Jam or Jelly
Delicious alone or combined with peanut butter or cream cheese.
Works on its own because it is so creamy and smooth.
Delicious on a not-too-sweet bagel, like plain or whole wheat.
Toast and spread with butter or cream cheese first. Then sprinkle with one part cinnamon to two parts sugar.
Spreadable chocolate-hazelnut mixture.
How to Make Flavored Cream Cheese
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Finely chopped onion, cucumber, carrot, and herb.
A spoonful of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Northwoods Blue Cheese
A few crumbles of blue cheese.
Pureed or mashed strawberries.
Garlic powder or minced garlic and dried herbs.
A spoonful of honey and a splash of orange juice.
Finely chopped ham.
Pureed or mashed mango, pineapple, and papaya.
Breakfast Bagel Toppings
Scrambled, fried, or poached.
Egg and Cheese
Add a slice of cheese and make a bagel sandwich.
Egg, Cheese, and Bacon
Add four pieces of cooked bacon to your breakfast sandwich.
Egg, Cheese, and Sausage
Add one cooked sausage patty.
Egg, Cheese, and Ham
Cook one slice of ham and add to your breakfast bagel.
Lunch and Dinner Bagel Ideas
Spread each half bagel with pizza sauce. Layer mozzarella cheese and pepperoni sausage on top. Toast in oven for ten minutes.
Mix tuna and mayonnnaise and spread on each bagel half. Layer a tomato slice and cheese on each half. Toast in over for about ten minutes.
Cook frozen or fresh meatballs and cut into thin slices. Spread each bagel half with spaghetti sauce and layer slices of meatball. Top with mozzarella cheese and toast in oven for ten minutes.
Toasted Turkey Melt
Layer each bagel half with sliced turkey and cheese. Toast in oven for about ten minutes.
Ham & Cheese Melt
Layer each bagel half with sliced ham and cheese
Cream Cheese and Cucumbers
Delicious on an onion bagel! The cucumbers add a nice crunch.