Bagels are probably one of my top favorite foods – I think I would eat one everyday if I could! (Trying to be good and not go crazy with carbs though for the sake of my hips! 😉 ). My absolute favorite are everything bagels with butter. Our grocery store, Wegmans, sells really yummy bagels and I usually keep them stocked in our freezer for the times here & there that I must indulge and have a bagel. (Or for Caitlin to eat when she stops in and is “starving and there’s nothing to eat in this house!”). I especially love it if Mike makes my bagel for me because he puts on so much butter, more than I ever let myself have, so sometimes I ask him to make it and just look away while he fixes it. 😉
Every once in a while when I’m in Rochester around lunch time, I stop at Bruegger’s Bagels and enjoy one of their delicious bagel sandwiches! My favorite is called a Leonard da Veggie and I finally had the thought, that “duh, I should just start making these at home!” since I rarely am by a Bruegger’s when they’re open (they close early), plus I’m a cheapskate and hating paying that much for a sandwich! So this is my homemade, copycat version of one of my favorite bagel sandwiches. It’s slightly different, I used veggie cream cheese instead of garlic herb cream cheese, because that’s what I could find at the store . I’ve tried it on an everything and parmesan cheese bagel – and I think I may like this sandwich best on the parmesan bagel. So if you can find some kind of cheese bagel, that might be the way to go. While this isn’t a healthy sandwich (hello major carbs, and lots of cheesy goodness!) – it’s certainly delicious and you can give yourself some points for getting those veggies in!
Veggie Bagel Sandwich
bagel (savory bagels are best: everything, cheese bagels, herb, sun-dried tomato, etc.)
veggie cream cheese
red peppers, sliced
red onion, sliced (if desired, I’m not a fan of raw onions, so it’s not included on my sandwich, but it’s on the original)
Lightly toast your bagel. Spread each half with cream cheese (or just one side, I just don’t like “dry bread” for sandwiches). Layer lettuce, tomato, cheese and peppers on one half. Top with remaining half and slice bagel sandwich in half (or not). Enjoy (it’s a little messy, but oh so worth it)!
I’m on a bagel sandwich kick now and want to try all sorts of different fixings! Any good suggestions?
What’s your favorite bagel flavor? And do you like cream cheese or butter on your bagel?