While cream cheese and lox are a tried-and-true favorite, impress your family and friends this year by putting out a bagel and schmear spread they won’t forget. With a mix of sweet and savory, these bagel sandwiches are sure to please a hungry crowd. Use your leftover apples and honey from Rosh Hashanah with brie and arugula to create a sweet and peppery sandwich, and one bag of arugula can multitask in the grilled zucchini sandwich as well as the goat cheese and fig jam one. Feel free to let guests assemble the sandwiches themselves, or easily prep the ingredients beforehand to then simply throw them together. Add or omit toppings as you please.
Instead of peanut butter and jelly, Israelis grow up eating tahini drizzled with silan (date molasses). The slight bitterness and smooth umami sesame flavor pairs well with the sweet and deep date flavor. Try it on a cinnamon raisin bagel to contrast the savory tahini. You can find silan at Middle Eastern food stores and online. In a pinch, feel free to substitute maple syrup.
Growing up in a Russian Jewish household, dill was indispensable and belonged on smoked salmon the same way cream cheese does for Americans. Add some crunch with sliced cucumbers and radishes, and some soft scrambled eggs for the extra protein boost. Feel free to use any savory bagel you like the best, but we’re partial to everything bagels.
The Italian Getaway
Use up that last summer zucchini in an upgrade to your classic Caprese sandwich. An Asiago bagel provides the cheesy bite, topped with grilled zucchini, fresh mozzarella, olive tapenade, tomatoes and basil or arugula.
Sweet ‘n Savory
Why settle for sweet or savory when you can have both? Pair a cinnamon raisin bagel with fig preserves, goat cheese, arugula and a drizzle of honey. Crumble some extra goat cheese on top for dramatic presentation, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt if you wish.
The Rosh Hashanah Deluxe
Use up your leftover apples and honey from Rosh Hashanah in combination with creamy brie and peppery arugula for a delicious bite. Feel free to eat any leftover apples with brie and honey, too—you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re feeling even more ambitious, check out this step-by-step guide to making your own bagels. Otherwise, pick up a wide spread of bagels at your favorite bakery, and be prepared to vow your guests this break-fast with an unforgettable spread of sweet and savory combinations.
Move over, bagel and lox—your favorite new bagel sandwich is here.