Anyone remember this jingle? “Pizza in the morning, Pizza in the evenin’, Pizza at suppertime! When pizza’s on a bagel, You can eat pizza anytime.” Flash back to the ‘90s, huh? When some genius (actually, two guys from Florida, apparently, according to wikipedia) decided to turn mini bagels into pizza and freeze them, thus revolutionizing after-school snacking.
Maybe “revolutionizing” is too strong a word, but it’s close. So I know these are just bagels with sauce and cheese but… Oh my word, they are so good, I ate four in one sitting. The whole frozen snack corporations are on to something.
I think the freezer does something magical to homemade bagel bites when they are in there. Crispy edges, but soft in the middle, the perfect ratio of sauce to cheese. From freezer to toaster oven to plate in minutes. Now I want four more.
Here’s the good news: You can make your own and they are even better than store-bought. And by “make” your own, I pretty much mean “assemble” your own bagels, sauce and cheese, but that counts as homemade in my eyes. Or at least semi-homemade, which means you can then personalize them to your own tastes.
Use your own homemade spaghetti sauce, or try homemade pesto instead of sauce. My kid may be the only kid in the world who loves “green sauce,” but pesto is one of this grown-up’s all-time favorites. Just to keep going with this version, use pesto and ricotta or goat cheese instead of mozzarella and you’ll really feel fancy.
These aren’t just meant for after-school (or after-work) snacking either, but keep some on hand for lunch or dinner or even to serve at parties. Bake up a whole tray for quick and easy party food that you can make in advance.
Next up to try, adding lollipop sticks to these to make pizza on a stick. I’m thinking the bagel would hold a stick nicely.