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Spider Bagel Pizza Bites

Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

 

Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Yield

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp. dried
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper, optional
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 whole-wheat or regular mini bagels, sliced in half crosswise
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 8 pitted large black olives
  • 8 pitted large green olives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 249
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • protein 12 g
  • carbohydrate 31 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 17 mg
  • sodium 593 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large pan, mix tomatoes, oil, garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper, if desired, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 minutes.

  2. Place bagel halves on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread 2 Tbsp. sauce onto each bagel half. (Cover and refrigerate or freeze any remaining sauce for another use.) Top each with 1 rounded Tbsp. shredded cheese.

  3. Slice 1 olive in half lengthwise. Place 1 olive half, cut side down, in center of 1 bagel half to make a spider body. Slice remaining olive half into 8 thin crescents to make 8 spider legs. Arrange 4 legs on each side of body to complete spider. Repeat with remaining olives and bagel halves until all bagel pizzas are decorated.

  4. Bake pizzas until toasted and cheese has melted, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve.