Do you adore bagels in any form? Me, too. I’ve always preferred them. Our parents used to take us to the bagel shop on Sundays when we were young. When it came to an everything bagel, I would jump up and down whereas my brothers preferred the asiago or cinnamon raisin varieties. Not at all.
I’ve reluctantly come to the conclusion as an adult that white bread doesn’t exactly make me feel wonderful. Therefore, even though I really want an everything bagel, I choose whole grain bagels when they are offered to me.
Imagine how happy I was to learn how to create my own everything bagel spice mix. I can now turn any bagel into an everything bagel. Even toast can taste like an everything bagel thanks to me. You may apply this mixture to a lot more things, as you’ll see below.
Toasting it in a skillet is the secret to creating the greatest everything bagel seasoning. The toasted flavor is essential because, if you think about it, all bagels are baked with the seeds and spices on the exterior. Compared to store-bought seasonings like Trader Joe’s “Everything But the Bagel” combination, freshly toasted everything bagel seasoning tastes far superior. Make some, will we?
Uses for Everything Bagel Seasoning
Think beyond bagels! This seasoning blend recipe adds flavor to all kinds of snacks and side dishes. Just keep in mind that the seasoning contains salt, so you might scale the salt back a bit on whatever you’re serving it with.
Here are a few ways to use it:
- On toast. Sprinkle it over avocado toast, buttered toast, or cream cheese on toast. It’s surprisingly good on peanut butter toast, too.
- On soup. I can vouch that this blend adds some fun flavor and crunch when sprinkled over creamy cauliflower soup. (I have a hunch it would be good on mashed potatoes, too.)
- On vegetables. Liven up your roasted vegetables with a sprinkle of everything blend. I loved it on roasted Brussels sprouts with a swoosh of tahini sauce underneath. Both the spice blend and tahini contain sesame seeds, so they go great together. This treatment would be great on roasted broccoli, too.
- On dips. Try sprinkling everything bagel blend on hummus, or simple tahini or sour cream-based dips.
- On popcorn. Everything blend on stovetop popcorn? Have mercy.
Also read: Easy No-Bake Granola Bars
- Sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons
- Poppy seeds, 2 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon chopped dried onion
- two teaspoons of minced, dried garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon kosher salt or fine sea salt (optional)
- Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion, dried garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes should all be combined in a small skillet (if using).
- For about 5 minutes, warm over medium heat, stirring often, until the spices are fragrant and the edges of the sesame seeds are just beginning to turn golden. Keep an eye on the pan because if it is not often stirred, especially in the last few minutes, the seeds risk burning.
- Place the mixture in a small bowl to cool. Remaining spice mixtures can be kept chilled for up to a month at room temperature in a jar.
Recipe adapted from Love Real Food, a book I wrote.
CHANGE IT UP: For an additional burst of nutty flavor and crunch, I like to add 2 tablespoons of raw pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds to the skillet. Hemp seeds would also be beneficial.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2.7g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 0.3g|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.7g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 2.7g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|