Bagel Pizza Snacks

“Snacks” being used loosely here.

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More like Bagel Pizza WAY OF LIFE.

What happened was, one late afternoon last fall, Will was “STARVING, MOOOOOOM.” So I made him a quick bagel pizza (nothing new, I know), with pizza sauce and lunch meat (not reinventing the bagel wheel here), a few greens tucked in (sneaky like that), a piece of CHEDDAR cheese (he only likes yellow cheese. help me.) with leftover bacon (yes there’s a thing) and a sprinkle of cheese rain on top (parm is the only white cheese he likes. help me.)

Thus, these bagel pizza snacks were born! Er, thrown together and toasted. Whatever.

Obviously I had to have one, but with jalapenos added and holy faces. That bacon, all reactivated under the heat? Dudes.

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This isn’t a recipe. I know.

What it IS, however, is my attempt to give you muthus another after-school snack idea for when your spawn goes foamy and feral in the afternoon hours. Because that happens.

Quite often.

Every day.

All the time.

Hold me.

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This photo is more about me showing you that insano bacon juice! Grease. I meant grease. Fat. Bubbles.

Let me ask you something.

When you make bacon at home, do you cook the whole package at once, or do you just fry the amount you want to fry at that time? I ask because Aaron will fry THE ENTIRE PACKAGE at once, and then store all the leftover bacon in a zip bag. And then get out the cooked bacon he wants when he wants it, and reactivate it under a toaster. I’ve never heard of such a thing!

But it does work and of course that kills me.

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ALSO, another thing to note in this incredibly fancy recipe. I normally put these in a toaster oven, so that the bagel bottoms get all crunchy and toasted. But for this post, I put them in a regular oven, on a baking sheet, which meant that the bagel bottoms weren’t as crunchy and toasted as in previous bagel pizza snack makings. But that sadness is nothing a little Marvelous Mrs. Maisel can’t fix!


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And listen to this crazy science. That cheese will melt down OVER the spinach and become a purse FOR the spinach. The spinach melts INTO the cheese and gets locked INSIDE the cheese. So if you pull up the cheese from the pizza sauce, the spinach will be INSIDE IT. Isn’t that fascinating?!

You can ignore me.

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Guys, these are fab. The deli turkey adds a little sammy feel (<–sorry), and the jalapenos add a kick in a face that’s simply necessary.

And the bacon? Well, duh.

New winter snack! Or dinner. Or lunch. Or game day! Or put a fried runny egg on top and get in it immediately right this instant right now.

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“SNACKS.” Pish posh!

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  • 3 or 4 bagels, split
  • Pizza sauce
  • Deli turkey, oven slice per bagel half
  • Provolone cheese, one slice per bagel half
  • Baby spinach, a few leaves per bagel half
  • Jarred jalapeños, a few slices per bagel half
  • 1/2 package of bacon, rendered and cut into large chunks
  • Parmesan cheese and basil, for garnish


  1. This is really all about you and your life here. Smear some sauce on each bagel half. Then top with meat, spinach, jalapeños and cheese. If the bacon is leftover, throw it on before toasting, to re-crisp the bacon. If you’re making it fresh, just add it post toasting. You just want the cheese melted, browned and bubbly.
  2. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese!
  3. Make as little or as many as you want. Swap in ham, or different peppers. Different cheeses. Go bonkers.

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Now I want more.

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11 Responses to Bagel Pizza Snacks

  1. Kristin January 10, 2019 at 7:46 am #
    I do what Aaron does. Cooking it all at once means only one mess and no fear of forgetting to cook the rest and having to toss it eventually. And we switched over to baking our bacon several years ago, and never looked back. If we aren't going to eat all of the cooked bacon in a timely manner, I shove it in the freezer.
  2. Emily of The Three Bite Rule January 10, 2019 at 8:32 am #
    I'm cheap, and we cannot contain ourselves around bacon so I legit portion it out and wrap each in plastic wrap and freeze. Otherwise we'd down the whole package in a single sitting.
  3. Emily January 10, 2019 at 9:27 am #
    I never realized people DIDN'T just cook it all at once. If you don't cook it all at once, do you keep cooking bacon daily until you use a package? That sounds like a ton of work. How long does uncooked bacon keep in your fridge after opening? Now that I know there are two camps, I am team cook it all and be done with it! :)
  4. Reagan January 10, 2019 at 10:12 am #
    We love pizza bagels for a quick lazy dinner! I will have to elevate them with some bacon and jalapenos though.
  5. CJ | A WELL-READ TART January 10, 2019 at 10:19 am #
    Love these! We always make homemade pizza bagels for our Super Bowl party, and they go like wildfire. I love the idea of jazzing them up a bit with the spinach and the prov cheese. And, obvi, bacon. :-)
  6. Susan January 10, 2019 at 12:14 pm #
    I always cook the whole package in the oven. The oven method is less mess, you do the cooking once, and done and the cooked bacon lasts in the refrigerator or freezer for quite a long time. Those pre-cooked pieces come in so handy when making a quiche, jalalpeno poppers, BLT's, or any other spur of the moment thing..
  7. Nancy January 11, 2019 at 11:49 am #
    Same here. I'm camp cook all the bacon at once and no more mess! I've cooked part of it before but the rest turns gray in a short amount of time and out it goes :(
  8. Elan January 16, 2019 at 1:07 am #
    It looks amazing! how to delete instagram account
  9. Tif January 24, 2019 at 1:16 pm #
    Stealing the phrase "Reactivate the bacon" : ) Sounds like a command: "REACTIVATE THE BACON, TROOPS!"
  10. atari breakout December 15, 2019 at 10:37 pm #
    I know there will be many difficulties and challenges but I am determined to do it. If it fails then it will also be a lesson for me.


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