Monday, November 1, 2010

Homemade Bagel Bites



So it's Sunday morning and I'm about to run out to the grocery store.  I ask my husband, "do you want anything special for today's football games?" (plural of course- because he has a game every 4 hours starting at noon- of course!).  His response- "can you pick me up some bagel bites"?  Bagel bites!  You mean that frozen snack I used to eat when I was in elementary school with those unusual looking cheese bits on top?  Does he not realize I'm on a quest to conquer "home cooked" deliciousness?!

That in turn meant- I challenge myself to make this snack into a homemade version.  I figured my husband would have a "healthier" snack to munch on while still having his childhood favorite to enjoy.  Not to mention, this could be a great recipe mom's could throw together for their kids afternoon snack. So while I was surprised at my husband's grocery request, I ultimately was excited for the challenge and thought readers might appreciate it too!

In the end, they were extremely delicious and reminiscent of the childhood snack we used to look forward to eating.  The bagel had a slight crunch with a soft doughy center and a slight spiciness from the diced pepperoni bits.  This recipe requires only a few ingredients and only 10 minutes to prepare.  It's a great homemade recipe, providing a healthier option to the overly processed bagel bites you can buy at the store.  Hope you enjoy this recipe!


Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining a baking sheet with tin foil.  Cut your mini bagels in half and spread them evenly onto your baking sheet:


Then spread a few tablespoons of tomato sauce over each bagel half:


Continue until all of your bagel halves are covered:


Sprinkle with cheese:



Finely dice some pepperoni as a topping option:



Finish by spreading the pepperoni or any other topping you:



Your bagel bites are now ready to be popped into the oven:


Bake for 20-25 minutes or until your cheese begins to brown:

Serve and enjoy!


Homemade Bagel Bites

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
1 package of mini bagels (fresh not frozen)
1 cup homemade tomato sauce
1 cup of shredded cheese (ex. mozzarella, cheddar, monterey jack cheese)
1/4 cup diced pepperoni


Directions
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining a baking sheet with tin foil.  Cut your mini bagels in half and spread them evenly onto your baking sheet.  Then spoon a few tablespoons of tomato sauce over each bagel half.  Sprinkle with your choice of cheese.  Finely dice some pepperoni and finish by spreading it over the top.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until your cheese begins to brown:
 
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6 comments:

  1. You made bagel bites. I haven't had bagel bites in decades. And I loved bagel bites! I am completely stunned by your awesomeness! You just took me back to fourth grade. Your husband is a lucky man and I will be making bagel bites for the Rangers game tonight.

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  2. Hope they're as good as you guys remember them to be!!

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  3. Okay...those just look unholy. I've been craving a bagel bite FOREVER but I have not been craving the preservatives. Thank you for sharing! I see it as A Sign.

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  4. haha it's definitely a sign you need to give in and enjoy them!! Preservatives free!

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