Yes, sadly I'm out of batteries for my camera, and the other household camera was at my sister's party today, so I don't have any pictures of my delicious lunch. I was in a hurry and my house is a bit lacking in groceries right now, but I managed to make quite a yummy bagel pizza for lunch.
The bagel pizza thing began when I was maybe eight years old and obsessed with The Babysitters' Club, this series of books about four girls who had highly unlikely adventures while babysitting. And one of the girls had this thing for English Muffin pizzas. You know, cheese+tomato sauce+English Muffin=tiny miny pizza. Naturally, I had to try out this "recipe" at my next slumber party, at which point I discovered that I didn't really care for English Muffins. Some months later...the bagel pizza was born! And this was before those pre-made frozen Bagel Bites (TM)... All summer long, my sister and I made bagel pizzas on the non-macaroni and cheese days; our version didn't require an oven, as we simply toasted the bagel, added toppings and zapped it in the microwave. Perfection! Our first attempt at cooking!
Today's bagel pizza was similiar to those early pizzas in form (bagel+sauce+cheese=pizza), but the toppings have changed over the years. For one thing, we no longer make a point of keeping pizza sauce in the house, and thus I used a nice mild salsa. Instead of pepperoni, I topped my pizza with chopped basil and San Daniele Calabrese (like spicy salami, only skinnier and a weird shape). We did, however, have shredded Colby Jack cheese, possibly tied for first place as my favorite type of cheese with Muenster and sharp cheddar cheese.
In case you actually want instructions in recipe form (as opposed to addition problems) here's how I made my pizza. Well, pizzas, really, once you slice the bagel.
Awesome Bagel Pizza
1 onion bagel (or garlic, plain, anything savory)
2-3 tablespoons mild salsa (or tomato sauce/pizza sauce)
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 slice San Daniele Calabrese (or whatever)
1. Slice and toast bagel.
2. Spread each half of your bagel with the salsa/sauce, dividing equally.
3. Sprinkle each half with cheese, reserving about half of the cheese,
4. Add additional topping of choice.
5. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
6. Microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until the cheese melts.
Really, I think the addition problem had it covered.
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