Cooking with Bwog: Making a Better Bagel

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Cooking with Bwog’s Matt Powell is back to feed you again–this time, with BAGELS.

There are many foods that people associate with New York City: New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Lobster Newburg, even Baked Alaska. But there is one food that stands out above the rest—the bagel. While New Yorkers love to argue about which shop’s bagels reign supreme, there is no doubt that bagels on the East Coast are far superior to those found on the West Coast (believe me—I’m from San Diego).

Although it is perfectly acceptable to eat your bagel with a slathering of cream cheese, this does get boring! While not a bagel elitist of any kind, I do enjoy a bagel made right. Here are some tips on preparing a top-notch bagel.

1. The Classic Smoked Salmon:


1 Everything Bagel

Cream Cheese

A few slices of smoked salmon

A few slices of red onion, sliced almost paper-thin

Handful of Mache (in this case, a mixture of spinach, frisee, red lettuce, and radicchio)

Black Pepper


1. Toast the bagel.

2. Spread the cream cheese on top of your bagel. Layer salmon on top and arrange the red onion slices and mache. Sprinkle with black pepper.

2. The Prosciutto Arugula Bagel:


1 poppy seed bagel

Cream cheese

A few thin slices of prosciutto

¼ lb. hen-of-the-woods mushrooms

2 tbsp. of olive oil

Handful of arugula


1. Toast the bagel.

2. While bagel is in the toaster, sauté the mushrooms in the oil on medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes.

3. Once bagel is finished toasting and mushrooms are sautéed, spread cream cheese on the bagel. Layer the prosciutto on top and arrange mushrooms and arugula on top.

3. Midnight Snack Bagel with Sage Tisane:


1 cinnamon bagel

Pumpkin butter

5-6 sage leaves

A drizzle of honey

1 cup of boiling water


1. Toast the bagel and spread pumpkin butter on top.

2. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil. Place sage leaves in a cup and pour the boiling water over the leaves. Allow the sage to infuse the water with flavor for 4-5 minutes. Sweeten with honey.

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  1. In other words  

    Recipe 1: Put crap on bagel
    Recipe 2: Put fancy crap on bagel
    Recipe 3: Put fancy crap on bagel and also boil some shit.

  2. Anonymous  

    If you're going to put cooking stuff on here, why not any coverage on the Top Chef thing that took place at Greenborough last night? This isn't really news...

  3. Anonymous

    Bwog, I love you, but if people can't figure out how to make a bagel with lox and cream cheese they probably shouldn't be going to this university.

  4. I mean seriousla you guys....

    It's like a giant sushi roll, but not quite because it's on a bagel.

  5. seriously?  

    sage tisane? really?

  6. wow!  

    come up with this yourself?

  7. My Jewish Grandmother  

    My Jewish Grandmother would kill you before letting you put sage tisane on a bagel.

  8. Horseshit  

    A bagel with lox should be topped with cream cheese, lox, capers. No more, no less.

  9. If God didn't want us to eat animals  

    Personally, I think anyone bored with bagels, lox, and cream cheese must be bored with life.

    But I can tell you that a toasted bagel with butter, a thic slice of ripe tomato, and thin shavings of Leyden cheese (ages Gouda with cumin)--that ain't hay.

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