When trying to decide what to serve with bagels, here are 50 delicious options to serve at your next brunch or breakfast on Sunday mornings!
A chewy bagel is a delicious breakfast and an easy option to serve at baby showers, bridal showers, or for a Mother's Day brunch!
Jams, cream cheese, dips, salads, and egg recipes are all included in these amazing ideas! There is something for everyone in these recipes! Make a bloody Mary and enjoy your bagel!
How To Make Bagels
You don't have to make your own bagels, but they are so worth it! Where I live in New England, it's hard to get good bagels at my local bakery or grocery stores.
I love making sourdough bagels, or using my Instant Pot to help proof my bagel dough when I make Instant Pot bagels. Once the bagel dough is proofed, you have to shape the dough. You can do this by make thick ropes and putting the end of the topes together and create a circle, or you can push your index finger through the center of the dough ball. Let the dough proof one more time for one hour.
Boil a pot of water and add 2 tablespoons of honey. Boil each bagel for 30 seconds and place them back on the baking sheet. Bake them for 40 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve immediately.
Different Types of Bagels
- Sesame seed bagels
- Plain bagel
- Onion bagels.
- Blueberry bagels
- Poppy seed bagels
- Cinnamon raisin bagels
- Chocolate chips bagel
- Everything bagels
- Mini bagels
- Egg Bagels
What Do You Put on a Bagel Platter?
When making a bagel bar or a bagel board, there are really no real rules to making one! It's kind of like a charcuterie board, add what you and your guests love! You will want to add a lot of different bagel toppings, here are a few ideas:
- Cream cheese. Regular cream cheese, garden vegetable cream cheese, or my favorite scallion cream cheese are a few different options to add. Cream cheese comes in so many different flavors, use what you love!
- Vegetables. Cut up some avocado slices, tomato slices, cucumber slices, and sliced red onions.
- Protein. Hard-boiled eggs, different types of cheese such as swiss cheese and mozzarella cheese, salami, cold cuts, and of course, smoked salmon.
- Bagels. You'll want a variety of bagels. Cut the bagels in half and place the bagel halves all over the board. You can also add bagel bites or mini bagels.
- Garnish. Garnish the board with fresh herbs such as fresh dill, fresh parsley, fresh basil, ground black pepper, and course kosher salt.
Questions About Bagels
Freeze bagels up to 3 months in a freezer safe Ziploc bag. It's a good idea to cut the bagels in half before freezing them. That way you can simply place the bagel half right into the toaster oven when you are ready to enjoy it.
Bagels have a lot of carbs in them, so if you are watching your carbs, it might be best to steer clear. Otherwise, enjoy bagels in moderation.
Fresh bagels should be stored in an airtight container or a gallon Ziploc bag. Do not refrigerate bagels as they will go stale really fast in the refrigerator.
Boiling a bagel gives it that classic chewy texture. The boiling water with honey creates a crust around the outside of the bagel. Though boiling a bagel is classic, you don't have to! These 5 ingredient bagels don't need to be boiled!
What to Serve With Bagels
So easy to make and ready in less than an hour, Instant Pot Mixed Berry Jam is perfect way to preserve the sweetness of Summer!
Don't have all day to babysit jam on the stove? Use an instant pot! This 3 ingredient Instant Pot Strawberry Jam comes together in a little over a half hour, then let it cool and enjoy on a buttered or cream cheesed bagel!
Sweet and a little tangy, this Instant Pot Blueberry Jam is the perfect way to use up some extra blueberries you have this Summer. You won't go back to the premade stuff once you try this delicious jam!
Ready in less than 20 minutes, this Instant Pot Peach Jam is the perfect way to preserve the sweetness of Summer! This jam is perfect on your favorite scone or topped on vanilla ice cream!
Instant Pot Apple Butter is a must make this Fall when you have lots of delicious, ripe apples in the house! It is full of warm and cozy spices, yet sweet enough to eat with a spoon with only a few simple ingredients! Slather it on scones, bagels, English muffins, or swirl it into oatmeal!
Full of warm spices, this Instant Pot Pear Butter is the perfect way to use all those extra ripe fresh pears this Fall. And the best part is, there's no need to peel the pears!
Homemade Mango Ginger Jam
A simple homemade mango ginger jam recipe full of fresh flavors and ingredients (no pectin required)! It is a great addition to toasts, smoothies, or oatmeal!
Easy Pineapple Jam
This homemade pineapple jam is easy to make and makes a great spread for bagels!
Sour Cherry Jam (No Pectin, Small Batch)
Time to jam out this summer with small batch Sour Cherry Jam without pectin! Use it to spread onto your morning bagel.
Sugar Free Jam (3 Ingredients, 10 Minutes)
Whether you choose blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or a mix of both, this sugar free jam is sure to delight. Requiring just three simple, whole food ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you’ll find yourself making homemade sugar free jam all year long!
Best Butter Board (step by step)
This butter board is the new Tiktok trend that took over the internet. This is perfect for parties, brunches, and for serving fresh bread.
Roasted Garlic Butter
Mellow, sweet, savory Roasted Garlic Butter is delicious spread on a toasted bagel! With just a few ingredients, it’s simple to make and will boost the flavor of your favorite breakfast.
Veggie Cream Cheese
This Homemade Veggie Cream Cheese recipe is smooth, super creamy, and loaded with summer veggies like carrots, celery, and scallions. Schmeared on your favorite bagel or English muffin, this is the perfect way to start your day!
Parsley Garlic Cream Cheese
This easy parsley garlic cream cheese spread is sure to be a hit! Fresh garlic and parsley combine with soft cream cheese for a fun and unique spread that's perfect for big brunches and busy weekday breakfasts alike.
Strawberry Cream Cheese
Put your bagels over the top with tasty Strawberry Cream Cheese. Easy to make at home with just 4 ingredients!
Garlic Cashew Cream Cheese
Spread the savory, roasted garlic goodness of this cashew cream cheese on a bagel, crackers, or as a dip for carrots and celery. Add fresh parsley or chives for an herb and garlic cream cheese version the whole clan will love!
Cream Cheese From Scratch
Thinking about making your own cheese? This is a great one to start with! It only takes a few ingredients and some little time to can make your very own homemade Cream Cheese From Scratch!
Make homemade keto sugar-free Nutella with real cocoa and hazelnuts. This easy sugar-free hazelnut spread is sweet, chocolaty, & spreadable!
The Best Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe (5 Minutes!)
Did you know you could make your own peanut butter within a few minutes with only 1 ingredient? This homemade peanut butter is a great addition to your homemade bagels!
Quick Pickled Red Onions Recipe
Learn How to Make Quick Pickled Red Onions in just 30 minutes with 4 simple ingredients such as red onion, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Enjoy this easy and delicious pickled red onion recipe piled on top of your bagels.
Everything Bagel Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball
This cheese ball is like the schmear and salmon all rolled into one! It even has the everything bagel seasoning -- just needs the bagel.
Homemade Salmon Lox Recipe
Homemade salmon lox takes 6 simple ingredients and tastes better than any store-bought cured salmon lox! Bagels and lox are a brunch favorite in my house and with this recipe, they will be popular in your home too.
Salt roasted carrot lox (vegan smoked salmon)
Smoky, briny carrot lox is a delicious vegan bagel topping. Perfect with non-dairy cream cheese!
Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie
Serve your morning bagel with a delicious green smoothie for some added nutrition. This simple smoothie is full of fruits and veggies, and can be ready in the time it takes your bagel to toast!
When traveling isn't an option, we need to try to create those tastes of the tropics right in your own home. This Pina Colada smoothie is a great way to transport yourself to the tropics!
Easy Kiwi Chia Pudding
These pretty kiwi chia pudding glasses are made with dairy-free milk, kiwi fruit, blueberries and crunchy coconut flakes! The perfect family-friendly treat.
Peach Breakfast Parfait Recipe
Looking for a peach breakfast parfait to start your day? Try this granola and peach yogurt parfait for breakfast today.
A fun way to liven up your fruit platter, this fruit rainbow is so easy to make and will wow your guests! Kids will love eating their fruit when it's shaped in a rainbow!
Nature’s Cereal is a delicious way to on get in a huge serving of berries and antioxidants in the morning!
Rainbow Honey Lime Fruit Salad - I Heart Naptime
Rainbow honey lime fruit salad filled with fresh strawberries, oranges, bananas, grapes and blueberries. Then topped with a delicious honey lime glaze.
Crispy, crunchy, and a great use for leftover chicken breast, this Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad Recipe is an easy weekday lunch! Make a big batch of this salad on the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week!
Creamy, crunchy, and ready in under 30 minutes, this Instant Pot Chicken Salad recipe is the perfect make-ahead lunch! Make a big batch on Sunday and enjoy this perfect lunch throughout the week!
Easy Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe
A healthy easy avocado tuna salad recipe! See how to make avocado tuna salad in just 10 minutes. Bonus: tuna and avocado salad needs just 7 ingredients!
Egg Salad with Pickles (Pickled Egg Salad)
Egg Salad with Pickles is a versatile, irresistible recipe, great for meal prepped lunches throughout the week or as part of a brunch buffet. Serve on bagels, croissants, or just with a fork!
This Instant Pot hummus comes together in a little over an hour and is delicious! You do not have to soak the beans, so you can make it same day. The instant pot does all the work for you!
Brownie Batter Hummus
A delicious creamy Brownie Batter Hummus makes a perfect healthy dip that takes only 10 minutes to prepare. It’s full of nutrients and is vegan and gluten-free.
Lebanese Baba Ganoush Recipe
There is nothing like a little Middle Eastern flavor to take your bagel to the next level. This smoky eggplant dip is delicious and surprisingly easy to make.
Lemony White Bean Dip
This Lemony White Bean Dip is creamy, garlicky, and so flavorful, you won’t be able to stop eating it! It’s gourmet but quick and easy to make with just 10 ingredients. Perfect for an appetizer or sharing plate, or even as a spread for sandwiches, bagels, and pita.
Authentic Guacamole Recipe
The best Authentic Guacamole Recipe! Fresh and delicious, only 6 whole food ingredients, this easy guacamole is naturally gluten-free, vegan, keto, and paleo! Cool and creamy mashed avocado with just the right amount of traditional Mexican flavors and spice! Grab your favorite tortilla chips for some delicious snacking or use it as a homemade spread for bagels!
Velvety and full of zesty lemon, this roasted garlic and eggplant dip is a variation of the traditional baba ghanoush. Pair it with any crisp vegetable or with the a bagel!
Sweet, salty, and creamy, this whipped feta dip with honey is satisfying and made entirely in the food processor! Dip crackers, pineapple, apples, or your favorite fruit for an amazing dessert or snack!
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
How to cook bacon in the oven the easy way! This simple method makes delicious bacon in no time. This oven-baked bacon is the perfect breakfast side.
Turkey Bacon in Air Fryer
This Air Fryer Turkey Bacon is the perfect quick and easy side for bagels! Hot, crispy and juicy, it’ll be your new go to way of cooking turkey bacon!
Spice up your breakfast routine with these low carb Jalapeno Popper Egg Cups! Full of salty bacon, cheddar cheese, and creamy eggs, your breakfast routine just got kicked up a level!
Ready in 20 minutes, these Spinach and Feta Eggs Cups are protein filled and low carb! A perfect make ahead breakfast to have on busy weekday mornings. Perfect to pair with a bagel!
If you love a quiche but hate dealing with the pie dough crust, this Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with Tortilla Crust recipe is for you! The white tortillas are overlapped to make a delicious crust that bakes up perfectly to hold the broccoli and cheddar filling.
Bacon Potato Egg Casserole
Breakfast casseroles hold a special place in my heart. This Bacon Potato Egg Casserole is a little meaty, a little cheesy, and jam packed with healthy vegetables. It's perfect to enjoy alongside toast or bagels!
Herb Scrambled Eggs
Make these easy herb scrambled eggs the centerpiece in your next family breakfast or Sunday brunch! Ready in just 20 minutes, these eggs are garnished with a fresh herb mix and pair well with your favorite pastry, toast, or protein.
Fried Eggs in Air Fryer Recipe
Air fryer eggs are one of our favorite ways to add more protein to breakfast. Learn the secret to making them perfectly round here!
Breakfast Bundt Cake
With salty ham, crusty bread, and starchy potatoes mixed with a ton of spices, this easy Breakfast Bundt Cake is the perfect special occasion breakfast for holidays or a simple dish for brunch.
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