September 18, 2013

DIY Bagel Chips

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Here’s a tasty DIY project: Turn stale bagels into addictive snacks, instead of paying a bundle in the shops. This is a basic recipe. Once you get the idea, try one of my many variations on the theme (below), or experiment with any type of bagel or seasoning you crave.

     A tasty variety of Bagel Chips. Credit: Susan Sampson


2 tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt or kosher salt
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) each: freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder
1 bagel, sliced (1/8 inch/3 mm thick)

In small bowl, stir together oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Place half the bagel slices on small baking sheet. Brush tops lightly but evenly with seasoned oil, right to edges. Toast in toaster oven 3 to 4 minutes, until edges are golden-brown. Transfer to wire rack. Wipe baking sheet with paper towel. Brush and toast remaining bagel slices.

Let bagel chips cool and crisp, preferably overnight.

Makes 2 servings.

  • A toaster oven is perfect for this job. Use the small baking sheet or pizza pan that came with your oven. Alternatively, toast the bagel slices on a rimmed baking sheet in a regular 400F (200C) oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until the edges are golden-brown.

Tool Time: I use a food slicer to cut each bagel and end up with 8 or 9 slices. A mandolin also works. Alternatively, a serrated knife may be okay, if you cut as evenly and thinly as possible, and brush away crumbs.

Kitchen Secrets: When applying flavoured oil, stir it with the brush before each pass to ensure even coverage. Wiping the baking sheet between batches gets rid of crumbs that burn and turn bitter.


Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Bagel Chips
Brush slices with 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp (1 to 2 mL) cracked black pepper.

Italiano Bagel Chips
Add 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Italian herb blend to oil mixture.

Garlic Basil Bagel Chips
Double garlic powder and add 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried basil to oil mixture.

Smoked Paprika Bagel Chips
Omit garlic powder. Add 1/4 tsp (1 mL) smoked paprika to oil mixture.

Curry Bagel Chips
Add 1/4 tsp (1 mL) curry powder to oil mixture.

Chili Bagel Chips
Add 1/2 tsp (2 mL) chili powder to oil mixture.

Cajun Bagel Chips
Halve salt. Add 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Cajun seasoning blend to oil mixture.

Vegelicious Bagel Chips
Omit salt and pepper. Add 3/4 tsp (3 mL) Vege-Sal (a seasoning with salt, dried leaf and root vegetables, and kelp) and 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) paprika to oil mixture.

Honey Mustard Bagel Chips
Omit garlic powder and use only a pinch of salt and pepper. Add 1 tsp (5 mL) each dijon mustard and honey to oil mixture.

Cinnamon Butter Bagel Chips
Brush bagel slices with mixture of 2 tbsp (30 mL) melted butter, 1 tsp (5 mL) granulated sugar, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon, and pinch salt.