The Ultimate Bagel Sandwich

Bagel sandwiches are a beloved classic for good reason. They’re satisfying, portable, and infinitely adaptable to your cravings. But what does it take to elevate a bagel sandwich from good to truly unforgettable? It’s all about the perfect balance of textures, flavors, and a few essential ingredients. Let’s build the ultimate bagel sandwich together!

The Foundation: Choosing Your Bagel

  • Classic: Everything bagels offer a savory punch with their mix of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, and garlic.
  • Sesame: These provide a mild nuttiness and a subtle crunch.
  • Everything: A tangy, cheesy bagel adds a burst of unexpected flavor.
  • Cheese and Jalapeno: Perfect for a heartier sandwich with a slight earthiness.

The Essential Spread

Cream cheese is the traditional king of bagel spreads, but don’t be afraid to experiment:

  • Plain Cream Cheese: A blank canvas for your favorite toppings.
  • Flavored Cream Cheese: Chive and onion, garden vegetable, or even a sweet strawberry spread.
  • Hummus: A delicious option, especially when paired with Mediterranean toppings.
  • Avocado Mash: Adds healthy fats and a creamy texture.

Protein Power

  • Smoked Salmon: The quintessential bagel sandwich protein, especially on an everything bagel.
  • Bacon: Crispy, salty bacon is always a crowd-pleaser.
  • Egg: Scrambled, fried, or poached – customize your egg for the perfect bite.
  • Plant-Based Option: Sliced tofu scramble for a vegan alternative.

The Flavor Boosters

This is where your sandwich gets its personality!

  • Veggies: Tomato slices, thinly sliced red onion, sprouts, capers, cucumbers, etc.
  • Spices & Herbs: A sprinkle of Everything Bagel seasoning, fresh dill, or cracked black pepper.
  • Sauces: A touch of spicy mustard, sriracha, or a drizzle of honey.

Ultimate Bagel Sandwich Recipe

  1. Toast Your Bagel: Cut your bagel in half and toast to your desired level of crispness.
  2. Spread It On: Layer your chosen spread generously on both sides.
  3. Add Protein: Arrange your smoked salmon, bacon, egg, or other protein on the bottom half of your bagel.
  4. Pile on the Extras: Top with your favorite veggies, a few capers for brininess, and a sprinkle of herbs.
  5. Enjoy! Put the two halves together and savor every bite of your perfect bagel sandwich.


  • Quality Ingredients Matter: Fresh bagels, premium spreads, and good-quality toppings make all the difference.
  • Don’t Skimp on the Spread: Ensure a creamy base in every bite.
  • Customize, Customize, Customize: This is your sandwich – make it your own!

Share Your Ultimate Creation!

Snap a picture of your ultimate bagel masterpiece and share it on social media with the hashtag #UltimateBagelSandwich. Don’t forget to tag @micheartisanbakery – we love to see and share your culinary creations!

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