These Pizza Bagels are a throw-back to my childhood from the smell wafting through the kitchen to the delicious combo of flavors.
I have many fond memories of making these for dinner with my brothers and sisters. Looking back, it was brilliant of my mom- we ended up doing most of the work and this goodie was able to accommodate each of our tastes (a tricky feat with six kids).
The six of us would all take turns topping our bagels exactly as we wanted- light sauce, extra sauce, pepperoni or just cheese. This recipe is a major crowd pleaser.
The nostalgia is real anytime I make these pizza bagels. When my sister and I visited my brother in Houston years ago we made them our second night. (The first night we made Skyline chili, which if you’re from Cincinnati you know was essential.)
These pizza bagels still hold up as a delicious and easy dish.
It’s a great recipe for kids to help with and picky eaters can rejoice that they’re going to have the toppings they want in the amounts they want.
Pizza Bagel Ingredients
To make these you’ll need:
- 1 package Bagels (I found these Brioche Bagels at Aldi)
- 12 oz Shredded Cheese (Mozzarella or pizza blend will work)
- 1 package pepperoni (I used turkey pepperoni)
- 14 oz package Sausage (I used turkey sausage)
- Pizza sauce (your fav jar will work)
- Pizza seasoning
- Banana peppers
To Make Pizza Bagels
Start by preheating your oven to 375℉.
Then brown the sausage according to your package directions. (Obviously you don’t have to do this if you don’t want sausage.)
Prep any other ingredients you want to use. Slice up jalapenos, onions, or olives.
If, like me, you get so excited about finding Brioche bagels and how good these pizza bagels will be that you forget to look for pizza sauce at the store this is the time to toss some together real fast.
Make Sauce if You Forgot to Pick Some Up
We had 1 cup of crushed tomatoes leftover from another recipe so I used that as the sauce base. A tomato sauce would work well too.
To the crushed tomatoes add:
- 1 Tbs Pizza seasoning
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp thyme
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- Generous pinch of salt
- Generous pinch of pepper
Stir the seasoning into the crushed tomatoes until evenly distributed. Give it a taste and add any extra seasoning needed.
You could simmer this sauce for a bit but we were hungry and it was going to heat in the oven anyway so I didn’t.
Assemble Your Pizza Bagels
Now that you have your toppings all prepped, set them all out in easy reach – it’s time to assemble!
Split your bagels and set them with the center or cut sides up. You want that flat side for toppings so they don’t all slide off. #savethepizzatoppings!
Have everyone take turns assembling their own bagels, topping them as they want.
If you can, it’s easier to top your bagels right on the baking sheet. This way you don’t have to worry about drips or cheese loss while moving them.
We finished our pizza bagels with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and pizza seasoning but these are optional.
Pop these bad boys in the oven at 375℉ for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and gooey.
Then hit them with the broiler for a couple minutes to get the toasted cheese spots and crispy pepperonis.
I know they look delicious and the pizza smells are no joke. Are you salivating yet?
As hard as it is give your pizza bagels a minute to cool so you don’t burn your fingers or tongue. You want to enjoy the flavors, right?
Okay, you waited long enough. Plate up and enjoy!
- baking sheet(s)
- 1 package Plain Bagels Brioche work too
- 12 oz Shredded Mozzarella or Pizza Blend
- 1 package Pepperoni
- 14 oz Sausage
- 1 jar Pizza Sauce
- Pizza Seasoning
- Parmesan cheese
- Banana Peppers
- Preheat your oven to 375℉.
- Brown the sausage according to your package directions.
- Prep any other ingredients you want to use. Slice up jalapenos, onions, or olives.
- Split your bagels and set them with the center or cut sides up.
- Have everyone take turns topping their bagels as they want.
- Bake in the oven at 375℉ for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and gooey.
- Switch to broiler for a couple minutes to finish.
- Remove from oven and let cool for a minute or two on baking sheet.
Enjoy Your Pizza Bagels!
I hope you give this recipe a try soon. If you can find brioche bagels they give a nice light crust, not quite as dense as regular bagels.
I’ve only made these with plain bagels but if you feel super adventurous you could try another flavor like everything bagels. Let me know how they turn out.
Drop a comment below with your favorite pizza topping combo and share this recipe with your fav pizza lover.
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Hi, my name is Katy. I started this blog to help you infuse life with ease and joy by sharing recipes and tips for your fertility and lifestyle.
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