Simple cream cheese and bagel sandwiches are absolutely great for breakfast, but they aren't just for breakfast anymore. Bagels are just the right size for a light lunch or afternoon snack if you're in that 4 p.m. slump and in desperate need of some fuel to last until dinner at 7.
They are even a tasty option for dinner if you are in a hurry or are eating solo and want something that soothes your hunger but you don't want to go to much trouble and you also want it to be healthful. That's a tall bill to fill, and bagel sandwiches can do it with pizzazz. Check out this list for some yummy ideas on ways to dress up your basic bagel to eat no matter what time of the day it is. And if you're serving lunch to a friend, these are even fancy enough to be proud of.
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When you think about open-faced bagel sandwiches, lox, or smoked salmon, probably comes to mind. Now take that mental image and keep all of its deliciousness but swap out the smoked salmon for fresh slices of tomato (if it's homegrown season) and add everything bagel seasoning to help make this open-faced sandwich even more next level. The cream cheese is great as-is, but if you're feeling a little bit more adventurous, add some chopped cucumber and fresh mint. You could even add some turkey on top for a little bit more protein. The possibilities are endless.
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Whether you're into smoked salmon, lox, or gravlax, this open-faced salmon bagel sandwich will blow your mind. Pickled red onions not only add an unexpected pop of color, but they also add a nice vinegary bite that helps lighten up the smokiness of the salmon. The capers add a salty depth to the sandwich, while the scallions add a nice, mild oniony bite.
The goodness doesn't have to stop there, either. To make this already mind-numbingly delicious sandwich even more opulent, add some bright red mullet roe or deep dark sturgeon caviar to the cream cheese. Why not go all out and add edible gold flakes to the top? (Just kidding.) You totally don't have to go that far. Be honest, this is a killer sandwich on its own in the looks and taste department. One word of advice though: Be sure that you're using really top- quality ingredients for this sandwich because it makes all the difference.
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You can even have bagel sandwiches for dessert. For a sweet take on a bagel sandwich, check out this blistered blueberry grilled cheese with mascarpone and brie. Sweet and tart blistered blueberries and earthy basil cut through the rich creaminess of the mascarpone and brie while the bagel acts as a unique encasing for this delicious dessert grilled cheese.