Homemade Pizza Bagels

Not altogether unlike our earlier post about some great football books, we offer this post about homemade pizza bagels to help fill the offseason.

If you’re anything like myself, you probably spent a decent amount of your childhood eating those cheap microwavable pizza bagels. Heck, I still enjoy them from time to time. Homemade is almost always better, though, and that proves true for these pizza bagels.

The Main Ingredients:

  • Bagels
  • Ground Beef
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Chili Flakes, Garlic Powder, Oregano
  • Parsley, Parmesan, Pepper

Step 1: Prepare the Bagels

My wife had made some homemade bagels, so I was looking for creative ways to eat the mountain of delicious carbs. Homemade pizza bagels is what came to mind. Using store-bought bagels will be just fine if that’s what you have.

Begin things by browning the bagels in a frying pan (you could also use a toaster). I used a nice stainless steel pan since it allowed me to only need one pan for the entire dish. Keep in mind that you’re going to be loading some sauce on the bagels, so you want them to be able to stand up to the sauce. Crispiness helps. A little butter on the bagels and then into a pan over medium heat.

Step 2: Prepare the Sauce

Once you’ve got the bagels where you want them, set aside and turn your attention to the sauce.

I tossed a modestly-sized can of pizza sauce into a pan that had some oil heating. I then added some garlic powder, chili flakes, and oregano. You can add whatever spices you want. It’s your sauce, so go crazy.

I had a little left over ground beef in the fridge that had already been cooked. Once the sauce had the chance to heat with the spices, I put the GB in with my mix. It was about a heaping tablespoon of GB. If you started with raw meat, you’d probably want to begin by getting the ground beef cooked in the frying pan before adding the sauce and spices.

Step 3: Add Sauce to Bagels

When your sauce is delicious, set up your bagels on a plate. Pour the sauce over your bagels so that you’ve get excellent coverage. Once this is done, grate some cheese over the bagels and then put them back in the stainless steel pan for oven insertion. If you don’t have an oven safe frying pan, just use a cookie sheet.

My photos are less than stellar, but they hopefully reveal a central goal: your homemade pizza bagels should ideally have some beautiful melty cheese. Life is better with melty cheese.

At the end, you can toss on some parsley, freshly ground pepper, and Parmesan. Few things are made worse by this Triple-P action.

If you enjoy cooking – or think you might learn to enjoy cooking – be sure to check out our other Gameday Goods recipes.

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