Photo: Getty Images/Deb Lindsey

Photo: Getty Images/Deb Lindsey

When life hands you plain bagels, do something about it. Here are 3 super simple ways to spice up your bagel life using 1 all-purpose everything seasoning blend. 

Darcy Lenz
January 04, 2017

It happens to all of us at some point in our lives. Grandma brings a package when she comes to visit (her mind is clearly starting to slip), it’s the only one left in the box by the time you get to the morning offering some kind soul brought in to the office in celebration a colleague’s birthday, there’s no other option left in the bakery case when you’ve already got your heart set on what’s for breakfast… some how, some way, we will all encounter the sheer disappointment that is a plain bagel. 

Every time I hold one of these smooth, pale shortcomings in my hands, my heart breaks for the lost potential—the bagel it could have been, damnit. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is an easy solution. One simple seasoning blend can give you the power to take all things pale and plain, and make them everything

Because everyone knows the everything bagel is the supreme bagel.

Obviously, the first thing you need is this Everything Seasoning Blend

Considering it’s just as easy to stir up no matter how much you’re making, you might as well go ahead and make a big batch so that you always have some on hand when the need for everything strikes. You could also package some up in little jars and share with your friends if you’re nice like that. The basic recipe for your all-purpose Everything Seasoning Blend is: 

  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 4 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 4 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  1.  Drop everything in a small bowl and whisk until combined. 
  2.  Double, triple, or quadruple this formula as you see fit.
  3. Sprinkle on… well, everything. 

Now, here are 3 ways to use that magic blend to give your plain bagel an everything makeover. 

Everything Cream Cheese

This is a great option for the bagel traditionalist. Oh, and if you happen to be feeling super DIY-fancy someday—try doing this, but first, make this Savory Everything Jam. Then stir it into your softened cream cheese instead of the Everything Seasoning Blend. Seriously... SO. GOOD. 

Step 1: Put softened cream cheese into a bowl. 

Step 2: Beat in Everything Seasoning Blend in until evenly distributed.

Step 3: Spread over a sad, but lightly toasted, plain bagel. Top with smoked salmon and chopped fresh dill. 

Step 4: Enjoy your no-longer-sad bagel. 

Everything Butter

This simple compound butter is a fantastic condiment to whip up on those mornings you wish you had a bagel… but you don’t, so you’re going to make toast instead. It's also ideal for those who simply enjoy a buttered bagel.

Step 1: Put softened unsalted butter into a bowl. 

Step 2: Beat in Everything Seasoning Blend in until evenly distributed.

Step 3: Spread over a sad, but lightly toasted, plain bagel. Again, you should probably top with smoked salmon and chopped fresh dill. 

Step 4: Enjoy your no-longer-sad bagel.

Everything Egg

Uh, because how can you not love an egg-in-a-hole situation? 

Step 1: Watch this video.

 

 

Step 2: Do what it says (you can also just read the recipe here).

Step 3: But also layer some smoked salmon and fresh dill on it before eating. Because this legitimately makes every everything bagel experience even better. 

Step 4: Enjoy your no-longer-sad bagel. 

And there you have it, 3 easy ways to make your bagel everything and then some. Go forth and reject plainness with confidence.

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