Here’s a confession.
I really do try to eat healthy. You can typically catch me popping grapes like potato chips or munching on cereal bars. I don’t buy junk food. But I have my vices! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Twix bars. French pastries. Cheesecake. Seeing a pattern? I have a sweet tooth. Pizza is my exception, but it doesn’t fit our criteria of cheap, fast and easy. (Unless we’re talking about the frozen kind, and that doesn’t count.) Fortunately, the internet has come up with a solution: pizza bagels. This is the answer to all of your problems. This recipe comes to you courtesy of The Frugal Girl, but a quick Pinterest search will provide you with a zillion options.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bagels (I went with plain, but if cinnamon raisin pizza sounds good to you, I will not judge.)
- Mozzarella cheese
- Pizza sauce
- Oregano and Italian seasonings (optional, depending on the pizza sauce you use.)
- Baking sheet
- Oven (micro-waving the bagels would probably just reduce them to a smoosh. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that smooshy pizza is bad news.)
Now for assembly!
Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 350
Step 2: Toast the bagels. I found that this added crispness to the snack and helped it stay hot, because it is in the oven for such a short time.
Step 3: Spread pizza sauce all over the inside of the bagel.
Step 4: Add pepperoni, then optional spices, then sprinkle with the desired amount of cheese.
Step 5: Pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes, depending on how cooked you want them. (If your oven is a complete piece of JUNK, like mine, it might take you 10 minutes rather than 5. Not that I’m bitter.)
Step 6: Remove from the oven, let cool for about a minute, then dig in!
I love that this snack opens the doors for so many different possibilities and variations. You could copy any kind of pizza and make it work on a smaller scale. Sausage, veggies, anchovies, even dessert pizza! There’s that sweet tooth again.
Speaking of sweet tooth.. wait till you see what we’ll be making next week.