There are so many tasty dishes to choose from in this world that deciding what to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner can be tough. If only there was some type of cuisine that could be eaten and enjoyed at any time of day…
Oh, wait. There is!
Today, ladies and gentlemen, we’ll talk about the ultimate carbohydrate with a hole in the middle: the bagel.
This snack is the ideal blend of light, crunchy, and doughy, and goes well with a variety of dishes and spreads. We’ve compiled a list of sixteen delectable toppings for you to put on your own homemade bagels.
So, let’s get started!
Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
Salmon and cream cheese is a classic combination used on bagels that can be found on most, if not all, brunch menus.
There are a variety of reasons why this pairing is so popular: for starters, they taste fantastic together! Second, the two components together provide significant amounts of calcium, protein, and a variety of other vitamins and nutrients to get you set for the day ahead.
If you’re going to eat a bagel, why not top it with some healthy toppings that will benefit both your body and your mind?
Bacon, Egg and Cheese
If you’ve ever had the classic McDonald’s version of this delicious delicacy, you’ll understand why it’s such a popular combo for bagel toppings.
The traditional form of this bagel includes slices of American cheese, but if you want to eat a little healthier, there are many low-fat cheeses to choose from! Either way, it’s going to taste so good.
This tasty bagel topping comes together quickly, and contains everything you’ll need to get your morning started.
Chocolate Spread and Fruit
This option is for anyone who has a sweet tooth and finds themselves seeking chocolate first thing in the morning.
Spread a small layer of your favorite chocolate spread on your bagel, whether it’s Nutella, a local brand, or even some melted chocolate you have on hand.
Then choose your favorite fruit to scatter on top of the gooey, chocolatey delight to make the ultimate sweet breakfast!
This is a far healthier option than reaching for the nearest chocolate bar first thing in the morning. You’ll feel a lot better if you include some fruit!
Bacon, Lettuce and Tomatoes (BLT)
The BLT is a real classic, producing the great American midday sandwich, as we all know. Crispy bacon rashers, fresh crunchy lettuce, and ripe tomatoes are the ultimate combination.
Why limit yourself to using the BLT combo with bread when you can use it on so many other bases? Why not serve them on a sliced bagel for added flavor?
Add a dollop of mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Peanut Butter and Fruit
Peanut butter has to be one of the finest spreads ever created if you ask us, with the right combination of sweet and salty flavors, as well as a decadent creamy-crunchy texture.
While peanut butter is most recognised for its delicious pairing with jam (more on that later), it also tastes great with fresh, sliced fruit. Bananas, strawberries, and/or blueberries are recommended!
Spread a substantial amount of peanut butter on a bagel and top with your favorite fruit for an easy, succulent breakfast. Plus, it’s pretty good for you nutrition-wise!
Peanut Butter and Jelly (PB&J)
As previously said, peanut butter and jelly is a traditional combo that never seems to go out of style.
With this mix of ingredients, you may get creative with flavors! Pick your favorite jelly flavor, whether grape, strawberry, or raspberry, and choose between crunchy or smooth peanut butter. These are challenging choices, but who’s to say you can’t go back and make more bagels later?
For a delightful, nostalgic experience, spread some PB&J on your bagels. You will not be disappointed with this sweet treat!
Avocado and Fried Egg
Whether you like it or not, there’s no doubting that avocado is a popular breakfast ingredient. Your bagel will become much more healthful and delicious when paired with this smashed fruit, along with a fried egg on top!
Both eggs and avocados are high in important healthy fats and nutrients, which will keep you satiated for longer, which is excellent for breakfast.
Scrambled eggs are also delicious with smashed avocado, or even a poached egg! The decision is yours completely.
Pizza bagels are a genuinely delectable creation for which we are eternally grateful. You can now make your own!
Simply cut your bagel in half, spread passata or tomato sauce on both slices, top with ham, pineapple, onions, peppers, and/or any other toppings of your choice, and cover generously with shredded mozzarella.
Top tip: to prevent any cheese or tomato marinara from falling out, add a topping, such as a slice of pepperoni, over the bagel hole!
Avocado, Red Onions and Tomatoes
Spreading smashed avocado across a sliced, toasted bagel is always a great idea, and will taste even better with added fruit and veggies.
All you need to do is add a couple of slices of red onion and tomatoes onto the avocado to create a stunning, vibrantly colored bagel at home! The taste is fresh and immaculate, and it’s even suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
For the best results, add some olive oil, salt and pepper on top of the bagel.
Ham and Cheese
What could be better than a sandwich jam packed with ham and cheese to satiate your hunger? How about a bagel sandwich jam packed with ham and cheese?
Many people love this basic combination, and with good reason! This bagel can easily be made ahead of time, or you can bake a bagel at the last minute and top it with cheese and ham slices. Easy!
For the greatest results, combine your preferred type of cheese with some high-quality, thickly chopped ham.
Tuna and Melted Cheese
Nothing beats a toasted tuna melt, whether it’s on a jacket potato or spread over a sandwich.
All you have to do is toast your bagel first, then fill it with the ingredients in between each segment. You can lightly heat the insides of the bagel in a pan, allowing them to melt together into a gooey paste.
The only disadvantage of tuna is the odour, therefore we don’t advocate bringing this bagel to work to warm up.
Sausage and Fried Egg
These are two of the finest savory breakfast foods that a person can consume in the mornings.
Nothing quite matches to some juicy pork sausages and a golden fried egg paired together with some form of carbohydrate, whether that be toasted bread or a heated bagel. In this case, we recommend placing them on the latter!
Use these ingredients along with some salted butter and tomato ketchup for a truly succulent breakfast dish.
Smoked Salmon and Egg
Who doesn’t enjoy an Eggs Royale? The delightful blend of soft, salty eggs and salmon is what makes this dish so delicious.
Salmon and eggs taste just as good when served on a bagel. Along with some fresh, smoked salmon, you may add a fried egg, poached egg, or even scrambled egg to your bagel. The decision is yours!
To complete the Eggs Royale flavor, drizzle some hollandaise sauce on top, or simply eat them plain. This dish will be wonderful in either case!
BBQ Pulled Pork
Because this variety is a little hefty for breakfast, we recommend serving it as an evening dish. The day’s wait will undoubtedly be worthwhile.
This topping is quite simple to make. You can shred pulled pork yourself by pulling the tender meat apart with two forks and mixing it with smokey BBQ sauce. That’s all there is to it!
Combine this BBQ-flavored combination with some creamy coleslaw and you’ve got yourself a winner.
These last two items on our list are, without a doubt, the easiest toppings to utilise. That doesn’t make them any less wonderful, though!
On top of a toasted bagel, melted cheese tastes incredible. Nothing beats watching the gooey cheese ooze down the sides of the bagel as it melts properly.
You’ll be in for a treat whether you use mozzarella, cheddar, or whatever kind of cheese you want in this delectable, sloppy bagel.
Last but not least, we have a spread that requires no explanation.
If you open your refrigerator and discover no suitable toppings for your bagel, don’t worry: as long as you have a tub of butter, you’re set. The spread melts into the bagel wonderfully, producing a creamy, salty sensation.
When it comes to bagels, sometimes less is more. For great results, save your time and enjoy a plain, buttered bagel. We assure you won’t be sorry!
We hope you enjoyed discovering our favorite bagel toppings, and hopefully you have found something delectable in this list that you are looking forward to eating for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Do You Put On A Bagel With Cream Cheese?
Cream cheese is one of those versatile spreads that seems to go with just about every dish, sweet or savoury!
Salmon and cream cheese are a classic breakfast pairing, especially on a bagel, and the combination of both foods is generally healthy, offering a fair amount of protein and calcium to start your day.
Fresh fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries, and bananas, is another popular cream cheese bagel topping. The cream cheese and fruit come together to make a cheesecake-like texture that is absolutely delectable.
What To Put On A Toasted Bagel For Breakfast?
There are numerous scrumptious toppings that may be added on a bagel for breakfast. Butter on its own is a popular topping that most people enjoy: it is arguably the simplest topping to use, since all you have to do is put it over the bagel, and voilà!
Smoked salmon and fried eggs are always a good choice, as are bacon and sausage if you’re feeling a little naughtier. Fruit, jelly, peanut butter, and syrup are all sweeter alternatives.
The best thing about bagels is that they can be entirely customised to your preferences.
What Goes Well With A Bagel And Egg Sandwich?
Fried eggs, like cream cheese, make a great bagel filler, especially when sandwiched between two halves of a sliced bagel with other toppings.
Bacon, salmon, sausage, and melted cheese are some of the most popular toppings that have been found to go well with eggs. Eggs are the perfect breakfast item because they pair well with practically every savoury ingredient.
They’re also quite healthy, as they’re high in protein, Omega-3, and a variety of other nutrients.