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My Favorite Bagel Sandwich

I wasn't sure where to post this,but I wanted to share my favorite bagel sandwich. Warm a cinnamon raisin bagel,spread on Strawberry Cream cheese,then top with thinly sliced deli ham. OHHHHHHHHH my gosh..the flavors are beautiful together!!

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  1. Toasted pumpernickel bagel with chive cream cheese, good liverwurst (Schaller and Weber liver pate), hard-cooked egg, sweet onion, and mustard.

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    1. re: greygarious

      I could get behind that.

      I used to eat pumpernickel bagels all the time. Often with cream cheese, red onion, cucumber and smoked salmon. Going to have to get some good liverwurst soon.
      Sadly, the bagel place I have such fond memories of from my college days has gone downhill. Good bagels in Sonoma County anyone???

      1. re: rabaja

        Decent bagels aren't heavy on the ground in West Texas, either. Grrrrrrrrr...

      2. re: greygarious

        I've always had a soft spot for a garlic bagel with chicken salad and swiss., but that liverwurst concoction is a fine idea.

        Good bagels, however, should still be warm and never be toasted - unless they are left over from the day before.

      3. You can't go wrong with an everything bagel with regular cream cheese. It is a classic.

        Another favorite is bacon, egg, and cheese on an egg bagel.

        Oh yeah and french toast bagel with strawberry and blueberry cream cheese ooaaa.

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        1. re: steakrules85

          A law has just been passed......Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, French Toast Bagels, Blueberry Bagels, etc are now illegal to possess. Offenders will be sent to re-education camps and shown the true path to TRADITION.....Poppyseed Bagels, Plain Bagels Pumpernickel Bagels,, etc.

          1. re: ospreycove

            lol...but I'm not traditional..so I can eat cinnamon raisin ones!

            1. re: KCBarbieQ

              Hey......Want some canned, "Spray cheese" ..............non-traditional.....In NYC, just do not order a Hot Corned Beef on Rye with...........Mayo!!!!!
              Actually, to each their own.....ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              1. re: ospreycove

                lol....I won't tell you if I like that on crackers or not...ok,I'm no gourmet. I've never been to NYC,either,so lucky you.

                1. re: ospreycove

                  Can you order a corned beef on rye with thousand island dressing? and Sauerkraut? And Swiss? Reuben...yum.

                  1. re: KCBarbieQ

                    Ah Ha....Now I think you have been to NYC; This is a problem, Thousand Island or Russian is one of my favorites on a combo sandwich of Corned Beef and Fresh Roasted Turkey. I am sure we will get others who will say I should be arrested for saying this!!!!!....lol

                    1. re: ospreycove

                      KCB, Youare talkiing to someone who was known to "invent" a business trip to go to KC for an Arthur Bryant's lunch!!! That was back in the old days, when Arthur was still alive and was in the restaurant everyday. Man, those Fries and burnt ends!!!

                    2. re: KCBarbieQ

                      please add grilled before calling it a reuben. :-))

                      btw - this is a NJ sloppy joe not the ground stuff with crappo sauce


                      Barbie jealous? :-))

                      1. re: jfood

                        Hey jfood - I've seem you post that amazing sandwich before and if I have already asked you and forgot, I apoligize. i grew up in northern NJ and have never seen such a thing. We ate the gloppy stuff from the can.

                        1. re: southernitalian

                          which means you grew up in Bergen County. This is a Union, Essex County thing with some imitations stretching south to the Brunswick area

                          1. re: jfood

                            hey, i grew up in Bergen County, and i know those South Orange sloppy joes!

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              see, you crossed over to the "real" NJ for the SJ. :-))

                              1. re: jfood

                                Guilty as charged. The northern reaches of Bergen County, not far from the Real Housewives of...Never saw that "sangwich". I'm not sure I would have moved away if I had seen it!

                              2. re: jfood

                                They've been a pretty ubiquitous offering on deli menus in the Mon/OC for the four decades I've been on the planet. And, when made on a fresh garlic or poppy seed bagel it is certainly an excellent, albeit hard to get one's mouth around, treat.

                                1. re: MGZ

                                  although jfood is not doubting that similar sandwiches may be ubiquitous in Mon/OC, do they have three slices of thinly sliced rye and the interior additions? if it is basically a 2-slice on regular waxed-paper delivered rye or a 3-slice triple decker with 2 meats swiss cole slaw and russian, yeah, no biggee. But jfood would question whether they are both specifically adhering to the model and ubiquitous. But jfood is always willing to be corrected. here is a really good conversation from many years ago from both knowledgeable and some not so on the money inputs.


                                  1. re: jfood

                                    I was referring to adherance to the concept itself. I accept that Sloppy Joes may have variations, so long as they don't involve ground meat or canned sauce. As I said, I'm even good with 'em on a bagel.

                                    1. re: MGZ

                                      that is the issue, if it is on a bagel, a wrap or a roll it is NOT a sloppy joe. likwise throwing some cheese pepperoni and tomato sauce on a bagel or a roll or in a whole wheat wrap is NOT pizza.

                                      1. re: jfood

                                        Look, dude, all I’m trying to say is that the “sloppy joe” as we know it in Jersey has been such a staple at delis at the Shore for so long as to be iconic. Thus, it has spawned many variations, including – as relevant to this thread -- a sloppy joe bagel. Of course all of the delis started out with it on rye bread, that was part of the original defining form. The essentials of the combination have, through time, actually transcended that original form and morphed into various permutations. Some good – the Spring Lake Sub from the Seabreeze deli, some bad – I once tried a “sloppy joe” potato skin at a now defunct bar in Belmar.

                                        While I laud your pride in the origination of the concoction on the far side of the Driscoll bridge, I ask your permission to consider it as one of the State’s contributions to the greater culinary culture. I feel it belongs alongside the pork roll, egg & cheese on a hard roll on the mantle of NJ Classics.

                                        (As an aside, I was actually extended a last minute invitation to a party today by a couple down the street. The hostess, in trying to persuade us to find time to stop by, pointed out, excitedly I might add, that she had “ordered a WHOLE TRAY of sloppy joes from the SHOP RITE.” We politely declined.)

                                        1. re: MGZ

                                          thanks M. it actually started way south of NJ in Cuba, but that's another thread. after lots of threads on the topic you are the first to have more than one place south of driscoll.

                                          it just drives jfood nuts when places try to sell crappy products, i.e. sloppy joe potatoes, OMG, as a derivative good thing, rarely works. and a SJ hero should just be called a #7, but that's just jfood's anal retentive nature, :-))

                                          major kudos as well for not eating a SR SJ, cannot even imagine how crappy that would have been, bad deli on bad bread, blech.

                                    2. re: jfood

                                      Jfood, it's funny that your link had so many references to the towns I grew up around but I have no memory of that sandwich. Maybe because we always went to Italian delis like Lotito's in Ramsey. YUM!

                            2. re: KCBarbieQ

                              that sounds sooo good! mmm...i have 2 good ones u might enjoy.. first- ( a must try) pref a warm sesame or egg bagel with cream cheese and genoa salami. its sooo good..trust me. and second-if u so happen to have some roast pork around from leftover..take any kind of bagel rub some llive oil on it and sorta fry it in the frying pan (like u would a corn muffin) then once its toasty put some swiss,the roast pork,some ham,lettuce tomato,very thinly sliced red onion,and drizzle on the mojito..( a delish latin fave)- mix of crushed garlic,salt pepper,vinigar,a little lime juice and corn oil) there ya go a cuban bagelwich..(if u r interested in the mojito...its made in a pilon (that wooden cup lookin thingy with the stick that u smash things in) lol...mash 2 (or more) cloves of garlic,along with some pepper,salt,and juice a half a lime...oh and a pinch of oregano too..then add a lil less than half cup of oil. and about 4 tbs of vinigar. or as much as u like. and tadah!

                        2. re: ospreycove

                          The chocolate chip bagel should also be illegal.

                        3. re: steakrules85

                          What's a french toast bagel? A bagel that's been dipped in the egg mixture?

                          1. re: funniduck

                            I am wondering too, but I picture an egg bagel (which is also a new one on me!) with cinnamon sugar. But I want it to have nutmeg too!

                            1. re: funniduck

                              So as it happens I was walking by "Great" "Canadian" "Bagel" the other day and I heard someone order a french toast bagel.
                              They look like cinnamon raisin bagels, but a little bigger and browner. I am going to try one soon - it's inevitable, as I walk past them every day on my way to work.
                              As long as we are talking about "bagels", I used to occasionally enjoy a toasted cheddar cheese bagel with butter and strawberry jam. And I still think about the homemade cinnamon raisin cream cheese served at a Catskills inn I once stayed at.

                              1. re: julesrules

                                Let me know if you ever try it! I've been told that its a egg bagel, sweetened with cinnamon and vanilla.

                            2. re: steakrules85

                              Nuh uh!! :-P Everything bagel with butter. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

                            3. Smoked fish is the way to go...

                              Bagel + Smoked Fish (Salmon, whitefish, sable, etc) + Scallion cream cheese + tomato + onion + capers. (In order of importance)

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                              1. re: joonjoon

                                Flagels are my new bagels...NY/NJ Flat Bagel..Buy mine at Kings Supermarket in Garwood NJ.Sign says from Goldenbergs bagels......This afternoon was Kings egg salad on everything flagel...

                                1. re: gudeatz

                                  I'm also a big fan of the flagel...I love it with cream cheese and tomato. Actually I love any bagel with CC+Tomato. Best simple combo for bagels ever.

                                2. re: joonjoon

                                  Oh, and if I'm feeling really crazy I'll rock a little cucumber and caviar/roe on my bagel.

                                3. Just had a Pumpernickel Bagel with Spicy Dry Cured Spanish Chorizo and 7year aged Quebec Cheddar! It was amazing!

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                                  1. Spinach bagel with imported boiled ham, either melted swiss or cheddar, a nice slice of beefsteak tomato and spicy mustard spread on the bottom and mayo on the top. Oh god, I just drooled on myself!

                                    1. let's start with bagels do NOT contain fruits or vegetables, seeds and grains are fine (OK jfood can lived with onions).

                                      Second - cream cheese does NOT contain fruit, if you like a little chives (also a cousin to the onion, jfood can turn an eye)

                                      Now that the definition is complete.

                                      open faced with a schmear then one side with novey and the other with whitefish or sable. Kiper salmon and stugeon is also acceptable.

                                      That's the A-list.

                                      now it is time for jfood to duck.

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                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                          jfood..."Preaching that "Old Time Religion"!!!!!!! Say ity again brother!!!!

                                          1. re: ospreycove

                                            A blueberry bagel with strawberry cream cheese and avocado. Oy Vay.

                                            Makes you want to give back the Louisiana and Gadsden Purchases but keep NOLA. :-))

                                            1. re: jfood

                                              The worst thing about those fruity bagels is that in some delis and bagel shops, if i stop in to buy a sesame bagel, sometimes I can pick up on the sweet fruit taste and definitely on the cinnamon. I'm very sensitive to it and it's nauseating when I'm trying to enjoy a sesame bagel with scallion cream cheese and all I can taste/smell is cinnamon!

                                        2. re: jfood

                                          jfood, i'm definitely with you on the "no fruit" in cream cheese, but i have to make *one* allowance for bagels...when i was a kid, one of the only things i could stomach when i was really sick was a toasted, buttered cinnamon-raisin bagel from H&H.

                                          oh, and vegetables in my cream cheese, but ONLY if it's the veggie CC from Zabar's ;)

                                        3. Lately I'm loving an onion bagel toasted, covered with a thick layer of mashed ripe avocado, sliced tomatoes, and salt (sometimes with lemon juice if the tomatoes aren't all that tangy). If you don't have access to good avos in your area, cream cheese is a good alternative.

                                          I also like: a sesame bagel with natural peanut butter, sliced banana, and honey. I'll add a few chopped dry apricots or dry cranberries if I have them on hand; a plain bagel with cream cheese and prune lekvar; a pumpernickel bagel piled high with sliced ham and swiss cheese.

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                                          1. re: Foodielicious

                                            'tis a magical land indeed where oven-fresh bagels coexist with ripe, local avocados. . . . It sounds like a great sandwich, though. As I'm on the bagel coast, I'll have to settle for avocados ripened en route.

                                          2. The best bagel sandwich I've ever eaten was when I was about seven years old, growing up in northwest Indiana, which is not exactly a mecca for bagels. However, there was a deli that served something called an Eggle Bagel, and it was a toasted, thick, buttery bagel with cream cheese, tomato and eggs and then the whole thing was wrapped in tin foil so that the butter melted and the result was indescribably delicious. The deli closed after about a decade and I've mourned the loss of the Eggle Bagel ever since.

                                            1. I love a warm sesame bagel with a layer of mashed avocado and an eggwhite omlette on top.

                                              1. Everything bagel, vegetable cream cheese, smoked salmon, a ring of red onion, a dab of dijon mustard.

                                                1. As a kid growing up a fresh bagel with Oscar Meyer bologna, American cheese and mayo.
                                                  These days a toasted bagel with crunchy peanut butter will satisfy.

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                                                  1. re: monku

                                                    Ditto the baloney and American cheese. Cold on a warm buttered plain bagel, no mayo. That's the comfort food version. At lunchtiime.
                                                    Otherwise the traditional cream cheese, lox, capers, onion if it's morning and it's the weekend.

                                                    OR, a personal favorite which I can't find anymore, a sundried tomato & herb bagel, toasted, with butter and melted swiss. Savory goodness.

                                                    1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                      I have to assume you're not in the Los Angeles area cuz sun dried tomato bagels are easy to find here. That, along with sourdough and pumpernickel are my favs.

                                                      1. re: mucho gordo

                                                        You're right, I'm not in LA. I live in rural Georgia (from the Chicago area) and the food culture is very different here. Biscuits take the southern place of the bagel.

                                                  2. My first trip after college with my best friend had us in Montreal, where I had a bagel with cream cheese, bacon and tomato. Loved it, and it's still one of my big favorites.

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                                                    1. re: mickeygee

                                                      When I lived in Chicago, I had an old friend over to visit. I took him to Skokie around 1 or 2 in in the morning to pick up fresh bagels at my favorite shop. As we drove home, he sat in the back seat, next to a grocery sack full of hot bagels. He plucked an onion bagel from the pile and commenced to eat. After a few moments of silence, he said, "Good god.... it's like I'm having a bagel for the very first time!" I always remember that moment as proof that a good bagel, fresh and hot from the bakery, is about as good as it gets.

                                                      1. re: Foodielicious

                                                        I'm guessing NY Bagel and Bialy? They do a damn fine bagel, loaded up with goodies or just lightly buttered. That brown paper bag has made me happy on so many days.

                                                        1. re: onceadaylily

                                                          YES!! Some think they've gone downhill in recent years, but I still love the place.

                                                          1. re: Foodielicious

                                                            So do I. They are a small place that serve a large clientele, between their own bakery and their delivery to a fair number of restaurants in the 'burbs. I imagine the demands on their kitchen is a bit intense (I've dealt with the owner, and he seems justifiably . . . stressed). And a lot of places have the NYBB sign in the window, but they get a boiled bagel, and then (over) bake them on their own.

                                                            I still got love for 'em.

                                                    2. "ranked the sandwich as the world’s second-best food"
                                                      Russ & Daughters Super Heeb
                                                      photo - http://www.flickr.com/photos/melonade...

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                                                      1. re: Rmis32

                                                        A warm poppy seed bagel, with a thick spread of Hellman's, a thick slice of room temp beefsteak tomato, some thinly sliced English cucumbers and plenty of salt and pepper. It doesn't get much better.

                                                        1. re: greenstate

                                                          We've been making breakfast bagels lately (with the good summer produce available) - usually onion bagels split, toasted and spread with cream cheese mixed with chopped red peppers, any other color of pepper, green onions and red onions, parsley (Italian only), and some tomatoes. Deelish and nootrish.


                                                      2. Jalapeno bagel w/ sharp cheese melted. Maybe some salsa on the side. That'll hold you 'till lunch.

                                                        DS son's is 'everything' bagel w/ egg and cheese. He's eaten it every day that I've asked him "what do you want for breakfast"

                                                        1. Onion bagel, liverwurst, thin onion, little mustard.
                                                          Or...Scrambled egg, salmon proscuitto, and onion marmalade.

                                                          1. "Everything" bagel, cream cheese, lots of lemon pepper, tomato slices, avocado slices (NOT guacamole!). DROOL. Would probably be really good with red onion and a sprinkling of caviar, too.

                                                            I also really enjoy a "top your own" bagel bar, where I can add cream cheese, lox, capers, chopped red onion, chopped hard boiled egg and chives... with a sigh of contentment.

                                                            1. sesame, everything, poppy, pumpernickel or onion bagel...scooped, toasted, and filled with scallion or chive cream cheese, thinly sliced nova, sliced beefsteak tomato, sliced red onion, and chopped capers.


                                                              egg salad also rocks...

                                                              as does turkey with cream cheese (yes, cream cheese!), onion & tomato...

                                                              and REALLY GOOD tuna salad with tomato...

                                                              man, i miss bagels. sigh.

                                                              1. So sad being a deprived chlld growing up in Oregon and CA, I only heard of bagels when my mother would often talk about New York bagels. I was 18 before I experienced one and in New York no less. It was awesome!

                                                                I returned home grudgingly and a couple years went by, I moved to CA and then one day I was in Berkeley around lunchtime and hungry, I went to Noahs Bagels and had a salmon etc (the works)... on a poppyseed bagel . Now I'm in love and there's no turning back.

                                                                I still love my smoked salmon, capers classic, even a plain buttered with cream cheese and blackberry jam makes me happy. But I will break every diet and health rule for a cream cheese and limp bacon on poppy seed bagel. I know, I know, bacon that's barely cooked, and it's all wiggly. I love it all - even the fat covered with fresh ground pepper.
                                                                geez I feel my arteries clogging. Luckily I only have these things once every couple of years.

                                                                1. Onion bagel with cream cheese and bacon, or cream cheese and hard salami (after you have microwaved the salami for about 15 seconds)

                                                                  1. In the bagel department, I am but a simple person. A warmed sesame seed bagel spread with plain cream cheese, thinly sliced turkey and a nice thick tomato slice. To me that is heaven and I'm good to go!

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                                                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                                                      see my post above...glad to know i'm not the only one who appreciates the turkey/CC combo!

                                                                    2. Toasted asiago bagel with a Jersey tomato

                                                                      1. that sounds sooo good! mmm...i have 2 good ones u might enjoy.. first- ( a must try) pref a warm sesame or egg bagel with cream cheese and genoa salami. its sooo good..trust me. and second-if u so happen to have some roast pork around from leftover..take any kind of bagel rub some llive oil on it and sorta fry it in the frying pan (like u would a corn muffin) then once its toasty put some swiss,the roast pork,some ham,lettuce tomato,very thinly sliced red onion,and drizzle on the mojito..( a delish latin fave)- mix of crushed garlic,oregano,salt pepper,vinigar,a little lime juice and corn oil) there ya go a cuban bagelwich..(if u r interested in the mojito...its made in a pilon (that wooden cup lookin thingy with the stick that u smash things in) lol...mash 2 (or more) cloves of garlic,along with some pepper,salt,and juice a half a lime...oh and a pinch of oregano too..then add a lil less than half cup of oil. and about 4 tbs of vinigar. or as much as u like. and tadah!

                                                                        1. Sadly, my bagel eating days are long over...

                                                                          asiago or sun dried tomato bagel, shmear of pesto, thick slice fresh mozzarella, topped with another dab of pesto, fresh basil leaf, topped with fresh tomato slice, drizzled with o/o and fresh cracked black pepper

                                                                          garlic or everything bagel, shmear of veggie or plain cream cheese, lots of smoked salmon

                                                                          1. 2 freshly boiled kosher hot dogs and lots of yellow mustard.

                                                                            1. Oh boy. This is a totally loaded thread - pun intended. Oh the bagel of childhood... I personally think there is nothing better than an 'everything' bagel and soft old-school plain cream cheese. Th bagel has to have that yeasty 'bite' and the cream cheese has to be so rich that it makes you drool...