Friday, 26 August 2011

Pizza Bagel Upgrade

I've noticed that quite a few of my blogging friends have been favoring their readers with lovely tutorials for making all kinds of delicious meals. I thought I should jump into the fray.

Now, if you are like me, you sometimes gaze longingly at the box of bagel bites in your grocer's freezer, but you will never actually buy them because you know deep in your heart that they are gross, that they were gross when you last ate them in college, and that you should never feed them to your children. Still, the siren song of the bagel bite beckons you because they look delicious in the pictures.

I have a solution that allows you to feel a little like you are eating a bagel bite, but far far less guilty. Also, it is way easier to make than regular pizza because you can skip making the dough, and it will heat up your house much less on humid summer nights (this is the real reason I devised these, also we had a bunch of bagels).

In order to make this truly high class, you need to start with premium ingredients.

First, you need a bagel with a little something extra. We went with Parmesan bagels.

Slice those in half, and spread them with a spaghetti sauce. You aren't allowed to use anything that comes out of a can. Jars only! It will also be more upscale if you choose a fancy sounding flavor. Like Basil.

Next, you have to use multiple cheeses. Two cheese or three cheese sounds like something you might order at a restaurant. Use mozzarella as a base, and then grate some fresh Parmesan and/or Pecorino Romano on top.

If you prefer cheese, then you're done! My kiddos like toppings, so they got diced green bell pepper. Jeff likes meat, so he got diced salami, prosciutto, and capicola (can you tell I bought an Italian deli meat trio that week?), and I went hog wild- meat, peppers and onions.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until cheese bubbles.
I know, it would look so much more delicious if I could take a decent picture...


mary said...

That looks pretty good. Did you use the sauce I bought so you wouldn't have to make spaghetti?

Angie said...

That looks yum! Now please post on how to make jams and other canned items. I'm so envious of your canning skills!

Sweet Apron said...

Yum!! We sometimes do this with Mr. Kerr's Parm bagels. Cheap & delish! Yours look really good.