September 18, 2013

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. Here’s a basic recipe. Once you get the idea, try my variations on the theme (below), or experiment with any type of bagel or seasoning.

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 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 seasoned oil lightly but evenly over tops, right to edges. Toast in toaster oven 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown at edges. 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.

  • 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 is okay – cut as evenly and thinly as possible, and brush away crumbs.
  • 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.

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.

Makes 2 servings.


Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper: 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 pepper.

Italian: Add 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Italian herb blend to oil mixture.

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

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

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

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

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

Vegetable: 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: 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: 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.