Secrets of the Trade: The Baker’s Dozen Pay-off

Even when a brunch may include bagels for just six friends or family members, ordering a dozen can be the perfect number.

King of Bagels’ owner Sam Haddad explains, “Our secret recipe bagels, made each morning, go fast. Customers often order more than they need since there are so many creative options for leftovers.”

Sam believes in a true baker’s dozen by adding an extra bagel as a thank you. As the King of Bagels, Sam has plenty of ideas for two-day-old bagels beyond simply halving them and popping each side into the toaster.

Breadcrumbs — Onion and garlic bagels make great flavorful breadcrumbs to coat fish, chicken or veggies. The bagel crumbs are ideal to top-off casseroles and other baked dishes, too! Break the stale bagel into bite-size chunks and run each batch through the food processor until it’s uniformly ground. Toast the crumbs in a 350o oven for a few minutes and store in an airtight container. Best when used within four weeks.

Bagel Chips — Lay the bagel flat on a cutting board and carefully cut thin horizontal slices. In a large bowl, toss and coat bagel slices with olive oil, salt, pepper and seasoning. A generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese gives them some kick! Put single layers on baking sheet and in a pre-heated 300 degree oven and bake until crisp. They’re delicious with a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day! Be sure to ask Sam about his packaged bagel chips; they’re delicious!

Pizza Bagels — Layer your favorite red sauce or pesto onto each side of your day-old halved bagel and top with veggies or pepperoni. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and broil in a toaster over until the cheese starts to bubble.
Bread Pudding — Substitute leftover bagels for stale loaves of bread. Using simple ingredients, you can make a fast and delicious sweet or savory dessert.

Croutons — Cut stale bagels into bite-sized cubes. Toss with olive oil and herbs and bake on a cookie sheet for 350o until toasted. Add cooled bagel croutons to a salad or soup.

For more ideas, visit King of Bagels at Howell Plaza Shopping Center and ask Sam in person.