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8 Crazy-Good Bagel Toppings You’ve Been Missing Out On

These homemade schmears and tasty toppers will take your bagel from simple to spectacular.

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bagel topped with cream cheese; fresh dill; carrot; zuchinniPhoto: Taste of Home

Garden Fresh

Combine 1 cup softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill or 1 tablespoon dill weed. Chill for at least two hours before spreading over bagels. Top each with shredded carrot and shredded zucchini.

 

 

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Bagel topped with cream cheese; key lime juice, toasted macadamia nuts; shredded coconut; grated key lime peelPhoto: Taste of Home

Island Dream

Combine 1 cup softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup Key lime juice. Chill for at least two hours before spreading over bagels. Sprinkle each with toasted macadamia nuts, shredded coconut and grated Key lime peel.

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Bagel topped with; cream cheese; jalapeno peppers; red peppers; tortilla chipsPhoto: Taste of Home

Pepper Pop

Combine 1 cup softened cream cheese, 2-3 finely chopped jalapeno peppers and 1-2 finely chopped sweet red peppers. Chill for at least two hours before spreading over bagels. Top each with crushed tortilla chips.

Test Kitchen tip: When handling peppers, always wear plastic gloves and avoid touching your face.

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Bagel topped with cream cheese; pecans; caramel saucePhoto: Taste of Home

Pecan Pie

Combine 1 cup softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans and 1/4 cup caramel sauce. Chill for at least two hours before spreading over bagels.

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Bagel topped with cream cheese; chopeed kalamata olives; roasted red peppers; grated lemon peelPhoto: Taste of Home

Mediterranean

Combine 1 cup softened cream cheese, 1/3 cup goat cheese, 1/4 cup chopped olives, 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers and 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel. Chill for at least two hours before spreading over bagels.

Test Kitchen tip: Goat cheese is a soft, easily spread cheese with a distinctively tangy flavor made from goat’s milk. Common varieties include chevre and feta.

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Lemon-Berry Delight

Combine 1 cup softened cream cheese and 3 tablespoons lemon curd. Chill for at least two hours before spreading over bagels. Top each with fresh blueberries or raspberries. Sprinkle with grated lemon peel.

Test Kitchen tip: Purchase pre-made lemon curd or learn how to make your own.

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Bagel topped with peanute butter; marshmallow cream; sliced bananas; vanilla wafersPhoto: Taste of Home

‘Nana Nutter

Mix 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter with 1/2 cup marshmallow cream. Spread over bagels. Top each with sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers.

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Bagel topped with; cream cheese; cheddar cheese; beer; ranch dressing mix; pretzelsPhoto: Taste of Home

Beer Cheese

Combine 1 cup softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 3 tablespoons beer and 1/2 envelope ranch dressing mix. Chill for at least two hours before spreading over bagels. Season each with salt and pepper to taste.

Test Kitchen tip: This spread is crazy good when prepared with extra sharp cheddar. The longer the cheese has ripened (aged), the bolder the flavor.

Amy Glander
Amy is a book editor at Taste of Home where she gets to pour her passions for food and storytelling into trade and series cookbooks. When she’s not writing or editing, you’ll find her antiquing, cooking and baking from her favorite vintage cookbooks and exploring Milwaukee’s urban beauty with her digital SLR in hand.

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