I love bagels. I REALLY love Everything bagels. Then I started to think about it – do I really love the bagels themselves or is it the seasoning on top. And furthermore, why is this stuff not in/on anything else? So I decided to test this out but first I had to make up my own seasoning blend. Yeah… let’s just say this took me a bit to come up with. Now if you cheat and scroll to the recipe below you’ll be like “Seriously Lor, it took you a while to come up with this?” And the answer is yes. I went through a bajillion variations of this – caraway seeds, fennel seeds, celery salt, pepper and powdered spices.
The thing is, it was all me. I honestly just over complicated it. I forgot the first rule of cooking – K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid. Actually isn’t that pretty much the first rule of life?
The key with this is really 2 simple things:
- K.I.S.S. when it comes to what’s in the mix. No need to fancy it up with this, that or the other.
- Toast the seeds, dried onions and garlic. Trust me on this. By toasting them all you make the flavors “bloom” and the seasoning blend becomes richer with a deeper flavor.
Now when I came up with this seasoning blend I was worried that it was a one trick pony and you all know that’s not something I’m about. I’m all into repurposing items/dishes. Naturally I went with topping it on homemade bagels and breads. That’s pretty straight forward. Next I went into using it in and on homemade crackers. By adding it to the mix there’s no need to even top it with a dip though I’m not going to turn away dip here peeps. I’ve also used it on Thai dishes as a finishing touch; same with on top of hummus and even plain ol’ dippy eggs with smashed avocados on toast (YUM!) My Fav!
But to be honest it still rocks the best in cream cheese. However you’ll have to wait until my next post to see how I transform that into an Everything Bagel spread. For now, make up the seasoning blend, let it cool and then store it in an air tight container in a cool, dry place.
- 4 Tbl dried onion flake
- 4 Tbl dried minced garlic
- 4 Tbl white sesame seeds
- 4 Tbl black sesame seeds
- 4 Tbl poppy seeds
- 1 Tbl Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
- Preheat the oven to 350F, rack in the middle.
- On a rimmed baking sheet add both types of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried minced garlic and minced onion.
- Use a spatula and just give it a quick stir to mix. Spread the mixture out evenly on the pan and pop it in the oven.
- Bake for 3-5 minutes or until everything is golden brown and toasted. Do not burn.
- Remove from the oven and place the mixture onto a platter or heat-safe dish.
- Allow to cool completely, add in the salt, mix and store in an air tight jar in a cool dry place.
I personally love using Maldon Sea Salt Flakes in this blend versus table salt. I highly recommend it!