Best Pizza Bagel Recipe – How To Make Pizza Bagels

PHOTO; RACHEL VANNI; KITCHEN STYLIST; FRANCESCA ZANI

Whoever said pizza bagels weren’t good… lied. Somehow Friday pizza has become a trend followed by thousands of people. From elementary school to high school, pizza bagels or pizza with French bread were the most worrying options for us kids. The soft bagel was covered in potted tomato sauce, with a thick slice of mozzarella that was a little warm and almost too cold to eat…but never hot enough for that cheesy effect. It was one of those things that was so mediocre but that I had many times.

With this recipe, I reinvented what a pizza bagel means to me. My family likes to order a tomato pie and a white pie every time we have pizza night, so I imitated both versions with a margarita and ricotta “white” pie.

The margarita version starts with a tomato sauce layered over the bagels and topped with fresh mozzarella. Whether you prefer chorizo, pepperoni, or a vegetarian version is up to you, but be sure to drizzle on that warm honey; it’s so good. For the white version, whole milk ricotta is tossed with olive oil and garlic powder and layered over the toasted bagel. Top with shredded mozzarella and dried basil and bake. Again, the hot pepper crisp is a winning condiment after grilling.

How was the pizza bagel born?

A few sources say there is some debate over who invented the pizza bagel. A California man named Bruce Treitman claims to have created it at a Western Bagel location. In Massachusetts, Katz Bagel Bakery owner Richard Katz says it was his idea. And somehow in between we find knotty bagel bites and English muffin-style “pizza bagels.” So hard to say!

What if I can’t find Spicy Chili Crunch or Hot Honey?

If you don’t feel like hunting down these condiments, no worries. Try our crispy sesame seed or peanut chili recipe. As for the hot honey, simply combine the honey with your favorite hot sauce, adjusting the proportions depending on how hot or sweet you want it. But we also have a recipe here.

What can you put on a pizza bagel?

Imagine what you would like your pizza to have on it, then bring that to life on a bagel. If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at our Flatbread Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Tex-Mex Pizza or Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Pizza.

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Tomato Pizza Bagel

1


(16 oz) tomato sauce

1


(8 oz) fresh mozzarella ball, sliced

20


pieces of pepperoni or chorizo, thinly sliced ​​(optional)

2 tbsp.

coarsely chopped fresh basil

1 tbsp.

hot honey (optional)

White Pizza Bagel

3/4 tsp.

whole milk ricotta

2 tbsp.

extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp.

garlic powder

Freshly ground black pepper

4 oz.

grated whole milk mozzarella

1 tbsp.

spicy chili crisp or chili oil (optional)

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Tomato Pizza Bagel

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º. On a rimmed baking sheet, bake the bagels until lightly toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 450º.
  2. Using an angled spatula or the back of a spoon, spread 3-4 tablespoons of sauce over the bagel halves. Top with mozzarella, pepperoni, if using, and basil.
  3. Bake until cheese melts, 10 to 12 minutes. Drizzle with warm honey, if desired.

White Pizza Bagel

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º. On a rimmed baking sheet, bake the bagels until lightly toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 450º.
  2. In medium bowl, combine ricotta, oil and garlic powder; Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using an angled spatula or the back of a spoon, spread 3-4 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture over the bagel halves. Top with mozzarella and basil.
  4. Bake until cheese melts, 12 to 14 minutes. Drizzle with crispy chili, if desired.
bagel pizza

PHOTO; RACHEL VANNI; KITCHEN STYLIST; FRANCESCA ZANI

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