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You're Perfect Sunday Morning Bagel Breakfast

Sesame bagel
Medium to thick spread on bottom, thin spread on top
Thick slice of tomato
Very thin slice of raw onion.

Sure I switched it up (on my second bagel), but this was pretty much my go to set up

What are other bagel fans set ups?

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  1. onion bagel
    thin schmear of cream cheese
    red onions

    (heaven... just heaven)

    second go round, I'll do some chopped hard boiled egg and caper with the other half of the onion bagel and another thin schmear of cream cheese

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    1. re: cgarner

      Love everything on there individually, but trying to think of how lox and avocado would mix and that is not to say I wouldn't try it

      1. re: jhopp217

        The very person who introduced me to eating lox in the first place is the one that introduced me to eating it with avocado cucumbers onion and capers

        The first time I had it in a restaurant I was so disappointed there was no avocado. It really is a great flavor together. (you can even omit the cream cheese, though I think the slight tang goes well)

    2. My access to good bagels is nil where I live, so forgive me for saying that a huge treat for me is Panera or Einstein bagels (be kind!).
      Toasted sesame bagel with sun-dried tomato cream cheese. Whipped.

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      1. re: monavano

        Aren't you in the DC area? I can point you to some good bagels.

      2. Onion bagel.
        Thick schmear of chive cream cheese.
        Big slice of belly (salty) lox.
        Tomato (in season) on the side.

        1. Everything bagel
          Thick schmear on top, none on bottom
          Nova on top, whitefish salad on bottom
          Thin slices of raw onion, squeeze of lemon juice

          Eat slices separately.

          1. 1/2 bagel
            thin smear of cream cheese
            spread of baked salmon salad - or whitefish salad
            thin lox to cover spread
            tomato slice or two to cover
            thin onion slice
            muenster cheese to cover

            eat half at a time!

            OH! - and ideally - the Sunday New York Times!

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            1. re: smilingal

              The Sunday Times is a given, haha! Although I think the half at a time is blasphemy, but judging from your name, you're not a glutonous male like myself. So you get a pass. Do you cut your burger too? HAHA!

            2. Oddly, nobody has mentioned bacon / sausage / peanut butter /egg either separately or all together with cream cheese.

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                1. re: monavano

                  Try my combo. The flavor of each ingredient remains distinct; one does not overpower another. It's a real taste sensation.

                  1. re: monavano

                    an ex of mine did peanut butter and *very* thin banana slices broiled with brown sugar or sometimes without brown sugar and drizzled with maple syrup.

                    he also liked cream cheese, juicy turkey, chopped hazelnuts, and dried cherries

                    i went through a phase as a teen where a scooped toasted bagel was my vehicle of choice for a light tuna salad with tomato.

                    as a very young kid, my mom would put both butter and cream cheese on a bagel for me... something good about the salty with the cream cheese...

                    1. re: Emme

                      "something good about the salty with the cream cheese..."
                      smoked fish & capers, anyone? :)

                  2. re: mucho gordo

                    Peanut butter and egg....I will knock that before I try it! Everything else...I'm cool!

                    1. re: jhopp217

                      Egg is optional and as a matter of fact, I don't usually use the 2 together. I just listed egg as one of the ideal things to put on the bagel. Egg really doesn't go with cream cheese either.
                      PB and CC really do go well with the sausage and bacon, tho.

                    2. re: mucho gordo

                      I'll go along with the bacon and cream cheese. That's my favorite.

                      Or maybe a hot toasted plain bagel with peanut butter (gets it melty) w/ banana and honey.

                      1. re: viperlush

                        Sausage is just as good as bacon on the bagel too. Substituting mayo for cream cheese works, also.
                        banana is ok but the honey is too sweet for me.

                        1. re: mucho gordo

                          I'll nix the honey when it's a real ripe banana, but a little drizzle on an unripe banana makes it bearable.

                    3. Everything (toasted) from David's Bagels (1st Ave & 19th)
                      Caper Cream Cheese that I make myself
                      Danish Organic Lox from Russ & Daughters
                      Squeeze of lemon


                      Eat halves separately.

                      1. Sesame bagel, toasted and buttered
                        Thick schmear of neufchatel (it's creamier somehow than full fat cream cheese)

                        Eat each half separately

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                        1. re: agoodbite

                          Right on with the neufchatel...that's why I go with the whipped cream cheese now, but I do find that they both, if the tomato is big enough, get very runny as opposed to regular Philadelphia

                          1. re: jhopp217

                            I see how it might get runny with the tomato. Fortunately, that's not a problem for me since there's no tomato in my equation. ;D

                        2. I'm not sure I could describe my "perfect Sunday morning," but I can wax bagel. . . .

                          "What's still hot?" I inquire across the counter. "OK four of those then, . . ." The order gets rounded out according to the preferences of those breakfasting with us.

                          A still warm bagel must be treated like leaves of Romaine going into a Caesar - torn, never cut. Generally, the torn chunks are eaten without any addition. Occassionally, I'll spread some softened, cultured butter on an edge. The flavors coating the top are of limited importance - they need only be savory. Freshness and temperature are the essentials. Perfection should be simple.

                          "Honey, are there any good stories on Sunday Morning?"

                            1. Sesame bagel from H&H
                              Thick schmear of Ben's cream cheese
                              three thin slices of Scottish Salmon from Russ and Daughters
                              cup of hot coffee from the little stand in Atelier Marche in Montreal
                              fresh sweezed orange juice
                              top it off with a glass of Veuve Clicquot

                              And in Shia La Beouf served it to me that would be nice too :)

                              1. Any savory bagel, a respectable schmear, smoked salmon, some onions from creamed herring.

                                1. Unfortunately, the first item on the list would be a really good, Montreal style bagel, about half the size of the monstrosities they pass of as bagels in the grocery store, chewy, slightly shiny on the outside, and still warm from the oven. Maybe plain, I'd stretch to onion, but definitely not cranberry or cinnamon or anything sweet.

                                  I say unfortunately because it's been about 10 years since I had a proper bagel. :-(

                                  Once I get to that point, all I need is a not too thick swipe of good cream cheese, and a cup of coffee with real cream. If I'm feeling fancy, plain cream cheese topped with my Dad's home-made hot smoked salmon made from fresh local salmon.

                                  1. Onion bagel with butter

                                    I like it simple . . . .

                                    1. Sun-dried tomato bagel from Einstein Bros.
                                      thick schmear of plain cream cheese
                                      slice of tomato

                                      1. Going back to jfood's roots and economics classes and ASSUME these ingredients are available...

                                        - Take 2 still warm bagels from a great bagel shop
                                        - Cut both in half
                                        - Place a schmear of cream cheese on each
                                        - Take the following and place one variety on each bagel half...novey, sable, white fish, sturgeon
                                        - Place on a plate and place on the kitchen table
                                        - Place on a separate place, the equivilent of two herrings with cream sauce as an accompaniment
                                        - Place on the table next to the bagel platter
                                        - Take a good cup of coffee and place on the table
                                        - Take the Sunday NY Times to the Metro section first, then front page, then sports, then business
                                        - Smile at mrs jfood who is eating a smaller variety of bagels, cream cheese and novey
                                        Eat and enjoy

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                                        1. re: jfood

                                          Jfood nailed it. Don't forget a (nut-free) ruggelach to take the edge off to enjoy the rest of the coffee.

                                          Sounds like the beginning of the Sunday Routine in the Sunday NYT Metropolitan section. I guess the rest of the day would be making Hazan bolognese, or short ribs, a little gardening, and packing for Minneapolis!

                                        2. It starts with whatever bagel just left the oven so it is still warm by the time you get home. Bagels have a short optimum life so this is an important step. Split the bagel in two and spread soft sweet whipped butter on each half. Top the bottom half with Belly Lox from Russ N Daughters and the top half with Sable. The different textures of each bagel half need separate toppings and the butter goes well with salty cured fish. I find I like sable much better on bagel tops while the stronger belly lox goes with the bottom.

                                          Enjoy with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a cup of strong black coffee.

                                          Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.

                                          1. Poppy, sesame or salt bagel
                                            If in NYC, from Kossar's, Ess-A-Bagel or one of the other good small shops
                                            Outside of NYC, from one of the purveyors of H & H Bagels, which are acceptable
                                            Do not toast.

                                            Pile on the:
                                            Hakn a tshaynik

                                            Now you're really lign in dr'erd un bakn beygl.
                                            Lox, schmear, tomatoes, onions, capers and all the rest is optional.

                                            1. My first choice would be a warm sesame bagel sliced in half with a good schmear of full fat cream cheese, thin slice of red onion, tomato and nova.

                                              BUT, my weekday choice is a warm sesame bagel sliced in half, spread with low fat (Neufchatel) cream cheese and sliced (not chopped) green olives. YUM-YUM

                                              1. Plain Bagel with plain cream cheese bacon and tomato with a liberal grinding of pepper or
                                                a sea salt bagel with plain cream cheese, smoked trout, red onion and a squeeze of lemon
                                                Yum. Scratch Bakery in South Portland ME best bagel I have ever had including NYC ( I know I am going to get yelled at for that) LOL

                                                1. the original favorite was a everything bagel with cream cheese and tomato, bacon if i'm feeling gutsy.

                                                  went on a cruise last month and tried smoked salmon for the first time (unsure if it was nova or lox, i believe there are subtle differences on how it is smoked). i had a plain bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers and thin sliced red onion....mmmmm.

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                                                  1. re: pie22

                                                    O.K... here is the North Jersey Special, Poppy seed bagel Hard Fried Egg, Lettuce, Tomato, slice of cheddar , and ............Taylor Pork Roll ....... help i just passed out!!!!!!!!

                                                  2. My husband,
                                                    His first bagel, everything bagel, cream cheese, lox, onion, tomato..
                                                    His second bagel, everything bagel, white fish salad, onion, tomato..
                                                    His third bagel, whatever the bagel that's left over(usually mine), whatever the stuff that's left over....onion, tomato...
                                                    He then finishes his breakfast with crumbs on a plate.