Bagels and I go way back.
When we spent the night at my Gran’s as a little girl, breakfast was often a treat, as Mom allowed us to stray from our normal breakfast of cereal. Sometimes she presented us with cinnamon rolls veiled in thick frosting; or pancakes with butter and a hefty pour of maple syrup; or ribbony scrambled eggs and spicy venison sausage. And sometimes, when the adults were still sleeping or regrettably still on their first cup of coffee, breakfast was a free-for-all.
My brother always went for the honey buns. At least three of them.
As for me? Bagels. Blueberry, always, toasted with a smear of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
While I still enjoy a pretty blueberry bagel every now and again, I’m now happily relishing this rendition: a toasted whole wheat bagel with lots of cream cheese, smoked salmon, and avocado.
These bagels are topped with homemade everything seasoning, which I want to put on everything (ha). Everything avocado toast, everything turkey sandwiches, everything ice cream, everything bath salts…
I’m recognizing that I just invented everything bath salts, and now we’re moving forward.
I won’t hate you if these bagels remind you, too, of sushi. My go-to roll is salmon and avocado, and if I’m feeling crazy, I’ll ask for cream cheese inside as well, although my act of inauthenticity pains me. While we’re being inauthentic, it’s permissible to call heretofore refer to these bagels as sushi bagels.
These bagels make the perfect little light lunch, brunch, breakfast, snack, etc, etc. They’re an anytime food. An everything food. My friend Reid agrees. After we made them together a few weeks ago, she started making them for her own lunches.
She wants you to know they are the most delicious.
- 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons minced onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 plain or whole wheat bagels
- 4 ounces cream cheese or neufachel cheese
- 2-3 ounces smoked salmon
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- everything seasoning
- 1. Combine all ingredients to make everything seasoning.
- 2. Toast bagels to desired darkness. Spread with cream cheese. Top with salmon and avocado and sprinkle with everything seasoning.
- *This recipe will make excess everything seasoning.