Tasty Bagel Sandwich Ideas

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Homemade bagels with salmon
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There's no wrong time to eat a bagel. With brunch and linner 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.

If you're having an early dinner, 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.

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    Tomato and Cream Cheese Open-Faced Bagel

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    Open Faced Tomato Bagel. Grilled Cheese Social

    This quick vegetarian bagel recipe teaches you how to make "everything" bagel seasoning (which you can keep in an airtight container and re-use in salads, eggs, rice or potatoes). 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.

    Serve with a green salad for lunch or dinner or a frozen fruit parfait for a brunch option.

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    The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel

    The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel
    The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Bagel. Grilled Cheese Social

    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 also 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. 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.

    Serve with an aromatic cup of Turkish coffee for an out-of-this-world breakfast.

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    Blistered Blueberry Grilled Cheese With Mascarpone and Brie

    Blistered Blueberry Grilled Cheese with Mascarpone and Brie
    Blistered Blueberry Grilled Cheese with Mascarpone and Brie. Grilled Cheese Social

    Check this dish out for a sweet take on a bagel sandwich. Pan fry blueberries with sugar and reserve. Toast a plain bagel, scoop it out, add mascarpone, brie, the berry mixture, and basil leaves and enjoy!

    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.

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    Bacon Jam, Egg and Cheese Bagel with Jalapeños

    Bacon Jam, Egg + Cheese Bagel Sandwich
    Bacon Jam, Egg + Cheese Bagel Sandwich. Grilled Cheese Social

    This might seem too labor-intensive just to be rewarded with a bagel. But this isn't just a bagel, it's an everything bagel, literally.

    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.

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    Curry Chicken Salad Bagel Sandwich

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    Curry Chicken Salad Recipe. Grilled Cheese Social

    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.

    If not from a raisin bagel, add sugar to this savory bagel in the form of a Venezuelan coconut smoothie.