Our favorite bagels from the grocery store are Thomas’ Everything Bagels. Apparently they are everyone’s favorite because the store is often out of them first, and when grocery shopping during the COVID-19 crisis, you have to take whatever you can get.

So one time when plain bagels were all I could find, I googled “Everything Spice for Bagels” to see if I could rig up my own mix. This recipe, and some variations, came up and it is so good, we will never go back to buying the store version of “everything.” We toast the bagel, spread some cream cheese on a half and sprinkle the mix over it.

Sesame Seed, Minced Onions, Sea Salt, Minced Garlic, Poppy Seed

I use 2 T white sesame seeds because they are readily available at the grocery store. But others go to an Indian or health foods store that carries black sesame seeds, and use 1 T white sesame seeds and 1 T black sesame seeds. And one person recommended toasting the sesame seeds first for enhanced flavor. I haven’t tried that yet.

Here’s the recipe:

“Everything” Spice for Bagels

Makes ½ C

2 T poppy seeds
2 T white sesame seeds
1 T + 1 t dried minced garlic
1 T + 1 t dried minced onion
2 t flaked sea salt or coarse salt

I’ve also used the mix to season baked fish and chicken – brush with a little olive oil to hold it in place and add a spritz of lemon juice before serving. Really good! In online comments, others have recommended it as a topping for baked potatoes, as a seasoning for roasted vegetables, and to mix into hummus and dips.

Hope you try it and if you have any other ideas on how to use it, please share.

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