This post is my back to school "semi-homemade" weeknight dinner. It's not a recipe per se, but more so a meal and product review. Believe it or not, I didn't make these bagels from scratch! It's actually very nice to be able to find delicious, non-GMO gluten-free vegan bagels. The brand is Sweet Note and their bagels are absolutely amazing in texture and taste. I bought a pack of their Everything flavor recently and it's loaded with all the good stuff bagels should be: garlic, onion, poppy seeds, magic! They're the perfect savory canvas for pizza bagels!
Since I wanted to keep the pizza toppings minimal and also as least processed as possible, I opted for a simple Margherita pie. I topped the bagels simply with homemade tomato sauce and fresh basil. I also indulged and bought a real treat...something I've been wanting for a very long time...
Miyoko's Kitchen fresh vegan mozzarella cheese!
Make sure to follow the links in these photos to these two wonderful brands. Their products are really top notch and deliver exactly what you would expect in flavor and texture. I found these both at the same market miraculously. They are also available online if there isn't a retailer close to you!
I toyed with the idea of using fresh tomato slices for these bagels instead of sauce. However, I wanted a warm topping component to offset the basil and cold mozz. The flavors in the sauce were also a great complement to the bagel toppings. I didn't measure any ingredients for the sauce so I cannot give you an exact recipe, but I'll list everything for you here:
- 1 small can of organic fire-roasted tomatoes
- dried basil
- granulated garlic
- dried oregano
- salt and pepper
- red pepper flakes
I heated it all up on the stove over medium-low heat and then blended it up to make it smooth! Top your bagel with the piping hot sauce and then immediately finish with the cheese and basil. That was easy, right? It's also cheaper than buying jarred sauce. ^_^
I'll leave you with one more photo that shows you just how loaded the tops of these bagels are. It's pretty amazing, considering their modest size. I hope you'll try this combo meal sometime soon. It's the perfect time of year for fun and fast meals. If you do, let me know what you think and what toppings you used!