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May 28, 1997

Bagel Recipes

Schnucks' bagels can be used for a variety of meals and snacks. The following recipes provide a few ideas for creative bagel consumption.

Mexicali Pizza

Try this simple recipe for a south-of-the-border treat.

6 Schnucks Jalapeno Bagels, split and toasted
3 tbsp. of pizza sauce
1 can (8-3/4 oz.) Schnucks Dark Red Kidney Beans, drained
1 cup chopped onion
1 to 2 finely chopped jalapeno peppers (remove seeds for a milder flavor)
12 Schnucks Tortilla Chips (white or yellow)
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 tbsp. Schnucks chili powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spoon 1-1/2 tsp. pizza sauce on each bagel half. Evenly top with beans, onion, jalapeno pepper, tortilla chips and cheese. Sprinkle with chili powder. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through.

Bleu Cheese & Pears

Some bleu cheeses, such as Gorgonzola and Cambozola , are soft and smooth enough to spread. However, most are crumbly and tend to fall apart into pebble-sized pieces which fall off bagels. Here's the fix: mix the bleu cheese with cream cheese to soften the texture and flavor.

2 oz. Schnucks plain or low-fat plain cream cheese
2 oz. crumbled bleu cheese (about 1/4-cup)
2 tbsp. finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
4 to 6 Plain or Egg-flavored Schnucks bagels, split
1 ripe but firm pear

Beat the cream cheese in a bowl until light. Stir in the bleu cheese and nuts. Mix until the bleu cheese is evenly distributed but not totally dissolved. Spread on warm or room-temperature bagel halves. Halve and core the pear and peel if desired. Cut into thin wedges and arrange on top of cheese. Enjoy!

Tomato-Basil Garlic Bagel

Bruschetta, wonderful by itself, soars to new heights when covered with ripe summer tomatoes and shreds of fresh basil.

1 tbsp. President's Choice Splendido Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4-cup seeded and diced ripe tomato
2 tbsp. shredded fresh basil leaves
Pinch of salt
1 Schnucks bagel (try Garlic, Asiago, Onion or Plain), split
1 clove of garlic, peeled and halved lengthwise

Combine the oil, tomato, basil and salt. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes. Toast the bagel in the toaster or under the broiler. While the bagel is still hot, rub the cut surface with the garlic. Spoon the tomato mixture on top. Eat at once.

Creamed Cheese & Jelly

This is one that the kids really like. Better yet, it's one they can makes themselves. It couldn't be simpler!

1 oz. Schnucks cream cheese
1 Schnucks bagel, split
Schnucks jelly (apple, strawberry or grape)

Toast the bagel, if you like. Spread a layer of cream cheese on each half and top with your favorite jam or jelly. Mix and match different flavors of Schnucks cream cheese and Schnucks bagels for the perfect combination. Try an apple-cinnamon bagel, plain cream cheese and apple jelly. Or experiment with plain bagels and get super-fruity with Schnucks lite raspberry cream cheese and strawberry jelly. Spread the topping thick or thin depending on your mood. For smaller children, make a closed sandwich to prevent making a mess!