I’m not the sort of adult who can be left alone in a house with bagels. It’s only a (short) matter of time before the bagels are drenched in an embarrassing amount of cream cheese and pickled jalapenos and I’m writhing on the floor in… shame(?).
Actually, while we’re here being honest, it would be best to clear out all traces of pink wine and cookie dough along with the bagels. I really can’t be trusted.
This week we’re exploring toast. Toast of all kinds, though mostly we’re just browning bread and topping it with goodies. Talking about toast is a good reminder. It’s a good time to think about what makes us happy in the kitchen… happiness translated as melty, crunchy, and entirely uncomplicated.
Select your bagels. The squeeze test is essential. Don’t feel like a weirdo. The softer the better. Squeeze those suckers!
I like Sesame or Everything Bagels. They test the bonds of friendship. A good friend won’t let you continue your overly excited conversation about the television show Catfish with poppy seeds stuck in your teeth. A bad friend will.
The Butter and Jam Bagel. Pretend like you’ve ordered room service and just go for it! Take out the white napkins, pretend the mostly empty jar of jam is just one of those mini jam jars, and eat this bagel in your bed (that a maid is probably not going to make) (because you’re at home) (and we’re grown enough to make our own beds).
One reason to eat raw onions in the morning: Bagels and Smoked Salmon with heaps of cream cheese. I like the bagel almost burnt, with extra capers. If you want to add smashed avocado instead of (or in addition to) cream cheese, I hold you dear in my heart.
Oh yea… I’ll make pizza out of anything and everything. Don’t even think of handing me a tortilla, I’ll turn it into a Pizza Quesadilla. This Bagel Pizza is topped with tomato sauce, spicy sausage and a mucho amount of cheese for melting. Your six-year-old-self will rejoice.
Are you the person that always takes the last jalapeno and cheese bagel from the free bagel tray? Is that you? Well I have two things to say to you. a) You have most excellent taste in bagels. b) Fine then… I’ll make my own Jalapeno and Cheese Bagel and it will be glorious, every bite.
Jalapeno Cheese Bagels are a ‘don’t hate the player, hate the game’ situation. If you can’t get one while the gettin’ is good, it’s best to make your own… extra jalapenos.
On Toast: Bagel
Melted Cheese and Pickled Jalapeno
Slice a bagel in half and scoop some of the inside bread out of each bagel half. Add a bit of grated cheddar cheese. Add as many pickled jalapenos as you’d like. Top with more cheddar cheese. Heat under a broiler until melted and bubbly.
Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Sliced Onion, and Capers
Slice a bagel in half. Spread generously with cream cheese. Top with smoked salmon slices, thinly sliced onion, and capers.
Salted Butter and Jam
Slice a bagel in half and toast until golden brown. Spread each bagel with butter and jam.
Pizza Bagel with Spicy Sausage, Melted Cheese and Arugula
Slice a bagel in half and scoop some of the inside bread out of each bagel half. Top with pizza sauce. Add cooked sausage or pepperoni. Top with mozzarella cheese. Heat under a broiler until melted and bubbly. Add fresh arugula just before serving.