There’s no wrong time to eat a bagel. With brunch and dinner growing in popularity, bagels aren’t just the cream cheese sandwiches you eat on your way to work anymore. Elaborate recipes keep popping up, offering everything from vegan and vegetarian fillings to bacon-loaded omnivore alternatives.
Tomato and Cream Cheese Open-Faced Bagel
This quick vegetarian bagel recipe teaches you how to make “everything” bagel seasoning. Once you have your seasoning, it’s time to assemble the bagel. Spread cream cheese on the toasted bagel, top with slices of tomato and onion, then season. Use vegan cream cheese for a vegan version, or add sliced turkey or prosciutto for a carnivore option. For vegetarians, add 1 sliced hard-boiled egg.
The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel
Whether you’re into smoked salmon, lox, or gravlax, this open-faced salmon bagel sandwich will blow your mind. Buy good quality ingredients for an extraordinary sandwich. For a fancy version, add some bright red mullet roe or deep, dark sturgeon caviar to the cream cheese. Or mix goat cheese into your cream cheese to add extra tang and creaminess.
Blistered Blueberry Grilled Cheese With Mascarpone and Brie
This is a beautiful breakfast or brunch bagel if you have a sweet tooth. But if you’re hosting a brunch, offer a savory sandwich as well so people can have two halves with different flavors. Make a tortilla española (Spanish tortilla), thinly slice it, and top a toasted sesame bagel with prosciutto, tortilla, arugula, fresh tomatoes, and avocado slices.
Bacon Jam, Egg and Cheese Bagel with Jalapeños
The recipe teaches you how to make bacon jam. That takes up most of the 60 minutes of cooking time. Then you need to work on your paprika aioli game. There’s a good amount of work and lots of ingredients, but the result is sensational. A strong and sweet Delhi-Style iced coffee is the perfect match for this monster bagel.
Curry Chicken Salad Bagel Sandwich
This robust and flavorful curry chicken salad sandwich is made with a mixture of Greek yogurt and mayonnaise. Our suggestion is for this salad to go between two toasted slices of pumpkin bagel with a drizzle of sriracha, a few cucumbers, and some kale leaves. But any other bagel will do, like pumpernickel for extra earthiness, or raisin for a touch of sweetness.
Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Capers Bagel
This recipe is great for a brunch gathering, and bridal or baby showers because you can turn the assembly process into a bagel bar, which allows your guests to build their own bagels. It is relatively easy to set up, requires no cooking; try to buy fresh bagels the morning of the party for optimal freshness.
If you’re having brunch, have last-minute guests, or are eating solo and want something that soothes your hunger, a bagel is a good option. Check out this collection of recipes for some yummy ideas on ways to dress up your basic bagel to eat no matter what time of the day it is.