Friday, October 9, 2009

Jo Goldenberg's Parisian Bagels

If you haven't made one of this week's bagel sandwich recipes but are planning on trying one, you may want to try making your own bagels from scratch. It's not that hard, and if you don't live near a real bagel bakery, these may be the best bagel's you've ever had!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bagels & Lox

I guess this week is bagel week. Bagels are actually my favorite bread of all time, so I'm surprised I haven't done them earlier. Anyway, I'm sure most people have heard of eating bagels with lox (cold smoked salmon), but you can't just toast a bagel and throw some fish on it - there's a right way to do it!

Ingredients (Per Sandwich)
  • 1 Sesame Bagel, split and toasted
  • 1 1/2 to 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons capers, drained
  • 2 thin slices of red onion (or a couple of teaspoons of chopped green onions or chives)
  • 2-3 ounces nova lox, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 2-4 slices tomato
  • kosher salt

Spread the cream cheese over both halves of the bagel. Put a teaspoon of capers and an onion slice on each half. Fold the lox slices so it fits on the bagel halves and put some on each one. Top each half with tomato slices and a small pinch of kosher salt.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Skyline Bagel Sandwich

With credit given to Gandolfo's Deli, this is one of the tastiest bagel sandwiches I've ever eaten! It's also one of the simplest and easiest to make at home that I've discovered. Gandolfo's version cost's almost $4, but in 5 minutes you can make it at home for less than $1's worth of ingredients!

Disclaimer: I've never actually witnessed one of these being made in the deli (their kitchen is hidden in the back), but I've eaten many of them. This is my best approximation of the sandwich, but I don't guarantee that it's identical to the recipe used by Gandolfo's! I am not claiming to represent Gandolfo's Deli in any way, officially or unofficially.

Ingredients (per sandwich)
  • 1 bagel, (I prefer Bubba's onion bagels)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2-3 slices tomato
  • 1-2 ounces of thinly sliced turkey, ham or Canadian bacon
  • 2 teaspoons softened butter

Split the bagel and toast the cut side (my toaster has a "Bagel Mode" for this, but you could also use a toaster oven or broiler). Meanwhile, heat a saute pan over high heat and quickly heat up the meat so it slightly browns (if you don't want to heat up or wash a pan, cook for 30 seconds in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl - it won't brown as much but will taste nearly as good). Spread the cream cheese over the cut side of one of the toasted bagel halves. Add the tomato slices and put the meat on top. Spread the butter over the cut side of the other half of the toasted bagel and top the sandwich with it, cut side down. Press firmly with your hand (or cook in a Panini press for 30 seconds), slice in half, and serve.