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Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Bagels

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Welcome to our delightful appetizer and snack recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a savory and satisfying recipe for Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Bagels. These bagels are topped with a creamy spinach-artichoke mixture and baked to perfection, making them a perfect snack or appetizer. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped spinach
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 bagels, halved

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Spinach-Artichoke Mixture

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, chopped artichoke hearts, chopped spinach, 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  2. Season: Season the mixture with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Mix until well combined.

Step 2: Prepare the Bagels

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Halve Bagels: Slice the bagels in half and place them on a baking sheet, cut side up.

Step 3: Top the Bagels

  1. Spread Mixture: Evenly spread the spinach-artichoke mixture over the cut sides of the bagel halves.
  2. Add Cheese: Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of the spinach-artichoke mixture.

Step 4: Bake

  1. Bake: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the bagels are golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Garnish: Remove the bagels from the oven and garnish with additional chopped parsley and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes if desired.
  2. Serve Hot: Serve the cheesy spinach-artichoke bagels hot. Enjoy as a snack, appetizer, or even a light meal.

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Cream Cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is softened to ensure it mixes smoothly with the other ingredients.
  • Artichoke Hearts: Use canned or jarred artichoke hearts, well-drained and finely chopped.
  • Spinach: Fresh spinach works best, but you can also use frozen spinach. If using frozen, thaw and squeeze out any excess moisture before chopping.

Variations

Spicy Spinach-Artichoke Bagels

Add 1-2 chopped jalapeños to the mixture for an extra spicy kick.

Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Bagel Melts

Top the bagels with a slice of tomato before adding the spinach-artichoke mixture for a fresh twist.

Bacon Spinach-Artichoke Bagels

Add 1/2 cup of cooked and crumbled bacon to the mixture for extra flavor and texture.

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Veggie-Loaded Spinach-Artichoke Bagels

Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped bell peppers or mushrooms to the mixture for added vegetables.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the spinach-artichoke mixture ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Spread the mixture on the bagels just before baking.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover bagels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven until warmed through.

Can I use different types of cheese?

Yes, you can substitute or mix other types of cheese, such as Gruyère, fontina, or white cheddar, for different flavor profiles.

What can I serve with these bagels?

These bagels are delicious on their own but can also be served with a simple green salad, soup, or a fruit platter.

How can I make the recipe healthier?

For a lighter version, use low-fat cream cheese and reduce the amount of cheese. You can also use whole grain or multigrain bagels for added fiber.

Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Bagels are a delicious and satisfying snack or appetizer that’s perfect for any occasion. With their creamy, cheesy topping and the flavorful combination of spinach and artichokes, they’re sure to be a hit. Enjoy making and sharing this delightful recipe with your family and friends!