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What Are the Best Tips for Making Bagel Sandwiches?

By Patti Kate
Updated May 17, 2024
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Bagel sandwiches can be healthy if cooks choose whole grain or wheat bagels. For those who are on a low-carbohydrate diet or trying to lose weight, bagel sandwiches can also be made with bagel thins. Bagel thins contain less bread than ordinary bagels, making them lower in calories and carbohydrates. Sour dough bagels are great for making vegetarian sandwiches, while cinnamon raisin bagels are good with peanut butter and jelly.

Making bagel breakfast sandwiches at home can be a good alternative to buying them at a fast food restaurant. One advantage of making a homemade breakfast bagel sandwich is saving money. Another advantage is being able to control the ingredients to make the sandwich healthier. Whole wheat or multi grain bagels are a good choice for breakfast sandwiches.

Although many people think bagel sandwiches are mainly for breakfast, this does not have to be the case. Bagel sandwiches also make excellent bagged or boxed lunches. Egg or tuna salad can be spread on a bagel, and topped with cheese if desired. For food safety, any salad made with mayonnaise should not be kept at room temperature for more than two hours, and the same rule applies to meat and fish. If possible, the sandwich should be refrigerated or kept in an insulated cooler bag.

Bagel sandwiches may be the entree of a meal, or sandwiches made with mini bagels may be served as snacks. A mini bagel can be prepared a number of ways. Hazelnut spread is a nutritional choice that can be used for making a mini bagel sandwich.

Kids love making their own-open faced bagel sandwiches. Almost any sandwich ingredients may be used when making open-faced sandwiches. Kids seem to enjoy mini bagels that are prepared with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, and made into an open faced mini sandwich. These treats may be baked in a toaster oven for five to ten minutes for a satisfying snack.

Apples and cinnamon can be other good choices for kid-friendly snacks. Apple slices, ground cinnamon, and sugar can be spread over a bagel, then baked in the oven for about ten minutes. Many say this treat tastes somewhat like fresh baked apple pie.

Any bagel can easily be transformed into a delicatessen favorite. For a bagel Reuben sandwich, all that is needed is Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, corned beef, and sauerkraut. The Reuben bagel sandwich may be warmed in the oven if desired, or served cold.

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Discussion Comments

By jonrss — On Feb 18, 2012

I love to make bagel BLTs with really thick cut bacon and good tomatoes. If you get good ingredients they all soak up into the bagel and you get an amazing flavor experience.

I love BLTs but sometimes they seem in substantial on normal bread. On a bagel it feels like a real meal. And this is a cheap family meal you can cook in 15 minutes. My family loves BLT nights in our house.

By backdraft — On Feb 17, 2012

Sometimes I like to makes sweet and creamy sandwiches using sweeter bagels like cranberry, blueberry or cinnamon. I will smear then with cream cheese or nutella or peanut butter or even marshmallow fluff.

Then I will add apples or bananas or chocolate chips or nuts, anything I have around really. As you can probably tell, I just follow my gut. If I think it will be tasty I will try it.

By summing — On Feb 17, 2012

I have always had more success making bagel sandwiches when I toast the bagel before I make the sandwich.

When you toast the bagel it takes out some of the moisture which makes it thinner and less chewy. I have had some bagel sandwiches on untoasted bagels that would give you a jaw ache by the end of them.

I actually have a bagel toaster in my kitchen and it comes in really hand when I have bagels I need to eat up but don't want to use them for breakfast.

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