17 Ways to Turn Your Bagel Into a Thing of Beauty

on July 28, 2015

Camille Stylesu00a0

A Ballad for Bagels

Something better than a lightly toasted bagel slathered with a generous layer of fresh, chilled cream cheese? Don't get us wrong, we love a classic, but it's time to take things to the next level with everything from birthday cake cream cheese to bagel quiche. So head to your bakery to pick up some fresh bagels (or try this recipe) and get creative.

While you're at it, call up your friends. Bagels are the perfect food to serve buffet-style.

BS in the Kitchenu00a0

Smoked Salmon Grilled Cheese Bagel

This recipe is full of traditionally "classy" ingredients styled up into a new kind of grilled cheese-and we love it. Gruyere cheese and smoked salmon layered and toasted on a bagel make for a can't-miss masterpiece.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Salmon Grilled Cheese


Kitchen Sanctuaryu00a0

Cheesecake Bagel with Blueberry and Lemon

This sweet bagel combo lends a bit of sugar, lemon and blueberries to creamy Mascarpone cheese in order to create a decadent bagel variation we're having a hard time getting enough of.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bagel


Don't Feed After Midnightu00a0

Dill Avocado Bagel

Avocado toast is all the rage, and we're on board. It doesn't get much better than toasted bread topped with creamy avocado. That is, of course, unless we're adding a nice, dense bagel to the picture-this may be an improvement on an already perfect (albeit trendy) combination.

Get the Recipe: Dill Avocado Bagel


Bake Then Eat

French Toast Bagels with Maple-Mango Salsa

French toast and bagels are both top contenders on our list of breakfast items we adore, so we're pretty excited about this combination of our favorites. It's topped with a maple syrup and mango salsa for a super-sweet tropical twist.

Get the Recipe: French Toast Bagel with Mango, Maple Salsa


An Ode to Mung Beansu00a0

Portobello Bagel with Tempeh Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce

Calling all vegans (and hey, non-vegans too), this bagel sandwich is a hearty, filling meal sans-meat. It has the rich flavor of portobellos, salty tempeh bacon and creamy garlic sauce.

Get the Recipe: Portobello Bagel with Tempeh Bacon


Chocolate with Graceu00a0

Spinach and Artichoke Bagel Melts

Spinach and artichokes, a timeless pair that seems to appear on our appetizer more often than anywhere else. We love this addicting combination of veg, and we're more than happy feature it atop our bagels.

Get the Recipe: Spinach and Artichoke Bagel Melts


Recipe Girl

Bagel Quiche

This recipe is shockingly brilliant, face-palm easy, and your new "quick, I need to impress" breakfast item. We're pretty excited about it.

Get the Recipe: Bagel Quiche


In Good Flavoru00a0

Steak and Cheese Bagel

Take your bagel up a notch with some Philadelphia flare. Steak and cheese meets breakfast-it's a win-win marriage if you ask us.

Get the Recipe: Steak and Cheese Bagel


Chocolate and Marrow

Beet and Horseradish-Cured Salmon Bagel

It's time to elevate things a bit. Here, thinly sliced cucumbers, cream cheese and cured salmon make for a sophisticated lunch.

Get the Recipe: Beet and Horseradish-cured Salmon Bagel

The Mighty Mrs.u00a0

Homemade Pizza Bagels

C'mon, who doesn't love bagel bites? These at-home pizza bagels offer all the deliciousness of our favorite greasy, frozen food-minus the frozen, greasy part.

Get Recipe: Pizza Bagels


Goat Cheese, Dried Tomatoes and Avocado Bagel

Tangy goat cheese, creamy avocado and savory sundried tomatoes create a bagel sandwich you'll want to make again and again and again... and again.

Get the Recipe: Goat Cheese, Dried Tomatoes, Avocado Bagel


Nutrition Stripped

Vegan Papaya Lox Bagel

Surprise, surprise, there's no salmon in this vegan lox bagel. Papaya serves as a slightly sweet substitute for those of us who aren't fans of the salmon traditionally used, and it adds a beautiful punch of color.

Get the Recipe: Vegan Papaya Lox Bagel


(Never) Homemaker

Apple and Cheese Bagel

This bagel topping features the sweet crunch of an apple paired with melted cheese and fresh basil for a unique twist on the sweet-and-savory thing.

Get the Recipe: Apple and Cheese Bagel


Your Homebased Mom

Flavored Honey Butters

Maybe you don't want to go all out in your bagel experimentation. That's fine with us, but you should at least try these flavored honey butters (there's peach, cinnamon and blueberry variations). They're to die for.

Get the Recipe: Flavored Honey Butters



Rainbow Veggie Hummus Pizza with Everything Bagel Crust

This recipe isn't exactly a bagel. But it's a healthy pizza atop an everything bagel crust. We highly suggest you pull this recipe out as a beautiful appetizer or a light lunch next time you're hosting friends and family for brunch.

Get the Recipe: Rainbow Veggie Hummus Pizza with Everything Bagel Crust

Layers of Happinessu00a0

Funfetti Cream Cheese

Welcome to the wild side (as wild as bagels can get, we guess). This sweet bagel topping is the perfect way to enjoy dessert for a meal sans judgement. Bonus: this version is gluten free, so save your cake mix for another day.

Get the Recipe: Funfetti Cream Cheese

Peas and Crayonsu00a0

Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

We're bringing grilled cheese-style bagels back again, this time for breakfast. We think a bagel topped with bacon, eggs, cheese and spinach is the perfect way to start your day.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich