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Feb 18, 2008 11:55 AM

What do you put on your bagel?

One time (at band camp), a friend made me a bagel with a thin layer of cream cheese, Next a salted tomato slice. Then add a slice of swiss cheese. Broil. I just ate one. Delicious. Curious as to what everyone does.

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  1. Besides the usual toasted bagel with cream cheese, I like:

    toasted onion bagel with cottage cheese, salt and pepper
    toasted bagel with cream cheese, thinly sliced red onion, thin sliced ham and pepper

    1. It drives my Yankee husband nuts that I put a "see through" layer of cream cheese on my bagel! I used to think he was joking about it until we were in NYC. When the waiter saw all of cream cheese left on my plate, he asked if it had gone bad and when I said that's how I liked my bagel, I got quite the stink eye.

      1. OK, I will bite. But let me clarify, to me a bagel is onion, plain, egg, sesame, poppyseed but not blueberry, cinnamon raisin, carrot or any of the other "new" flavors. A real bagel is a yeast dough that has been boiled and baked, not some kind of fluffy thing that may pass for a bagel in a place with no Our Crowd.

        Here are combos I enjoy (and miss dearly while doing South Beach diet!!), always toasted well, not burnt (subtle difference!)
        nova, cream cheese, thin slice of ripe tomato and thin slice of red onion
        cream cheese and good sliced green olives
        kosher hard salami, dijon mustard and gouda cheese broiled
        same as above but with swiss cheese, fontina, gruyere or other good hard cheese
        veggie cream cheese (with cucumbers, radishes, green or red peppers)
        chunky peanut butter and seedless raspberry jam
        nova/lox cream cheese spread w/ tomato & red onion
        cottage cheese mixed with a little Splenda & cinnamon broiled (any Weight Watchers remember this?)
        kosher bologna and mayo (memories of my childhood!)
        hot pickled tongue, cole slaw and slice of swiss cheese broiled open faced
        very rare roast beef, horseradish mayo, and swiss/emmenthaler/gouda cheese with lettuce & tomato
        2 fried eggs, some kind of cheese, slice of cooked sausage

        9 Replies
        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          Oh geez - a cinnamon raisin bagel hot out of the toaster with butter? Here in the Great White North, that's a welcome winter treat.

          And just to change things up, may I suggest you try your lox/cream cheese bagel with some capers? A little less sharp than the onion, but still great flavour. (Not that I'm dissing your combo - lox/cc/tomato/onion sounds pretty good to me!)

          1. re: KevinB

            Sorry to disappoint Kevin, but cinnamon raisin is for crumb or coffee cakes, not bagels. There is a subtle difference between nova and smoked salmon, but I do like capers and will try that next time. I have actually made my own gravalax and serve a whole side of salmon with finely chopped red onions, capers, hardboiled eggs, so why wouldn't it be good on a bagel? Thanks!

              1. re: hotteacher1976

                Every morning I eat 1/2 of a cinnamon raisin bagel, toasted, with extra crunchy peanut butter (all natural) and sometimes have sliced bananas and honey on top! Yummmm.... I look forward to it every morning :)

              2. re: Diane in Bexley

                Eh, peanut butter and jelly is for white bread and 4-year-old kids, but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed otherwise. I'd say toasting a bagel is a worse offense than putting cinnamon in it.

                1. re: big o

                  Oh gosh, a hound after my own heart, big o.

                  Cinnamon is the most overused ingredient on earth, gawd, my MIL puts cinnamon potpourris in the bathrooms at her house and how can you ever not make the connection between sh__ and cinnamon after that? It's a good spice, but horribly ubiquitous.

                  and toasting a bagel ruins it IMO, but then they sure smell great when my coworkers are toasting theirs in the toaster oven when I come in to work in the morning. SO much better than cinnaon LOL

                  My perfect bagel has a schmear of cream cheese, capers, nova lox, pepper, maybe some red onion, heaven on a plate.

                  1. re: EWSflash

                    "my MIL puts cinnamon potpourris in the bathrooms at her house and how can you ever not make the connection between sh__ and cinnamon after that?'

                    i must confess i used to love toasted cinnamon raisin bagels with butter when i was a kid. i haven't had one in years, but that must sound positively vile to you!

                    1. re: EWSflash

                      If you have ever had a wood stove baked Montreal bagel, you would know heaven. I have memories of waiting in line at mid-night outside in the Canadian winter cold, waiting for the bagels to come out of the oven. They were fabulous with nothing on them at all. But, the next morning, toasting is a must!

                  2. re: Diane in Bexley

                    I can only to bagels with cream cheese if there's lox to go alongside. I detest plain cream cheese on its own, save it for making a good cheesecake.

                    When I'm at home and having the lox and cream cheese (which isn't often, hubby is veg and I can't eat a whole package of lox on my own and so we have to be having company...) my whole day is made when I remember my little jar of capers. That combo is heaven.

                    Agreed. If I want cinnamon for breakfast (which I often do, don't get me wrong), I'll have a muffin.

              3. Hummus, celery, radishes, lettuce, scallions
                Fried egg, caramelized onions, spinach, tomatoes
                Cheese (usually kashkaval or something similar), red onions, spinach
                (not a big fan of cream cheese)
                ...and I'm sure I forget a few

                1. whitefish salad with red onions, and tomato on a toasted everything bagel!