Scrambled eggs poured into a bagel loaded with cheese, veggies and bacon. It’s the perfect portable breakfast! I mean seriously — protein (aka BACON), cheese, veggies, and carbs. It’s also the perfect texture combo — crunchy exterior, soft and savory interior. Can I get an amen!? I can’t think of anything better than this to get my day started.
When I was in jazz choir in high school, we would rehearse in what was the godless “zero period” — the practice began at 6:30 am. As in, earlier than than high school student should be awake, much less be at school. After these rehearsals, I would occasionally get a “second breakfast” at my school cafeteria which was, in essence, an essentially an off-brand breakfast Pizza Bagel Bite. I’m not going to lie… I secretly loved them. When a version of this appeared on my facebook feed, I just knew I had to make this “adult” version of what sustained me for my upperclassman years in high school!
From a pragmatic standpoint, though, I really like about these is that with you can make a singlur bagel or 12 bagels with very minimal additional work. Also, the fillings can be totally dependent on whatever you have in your fridge — and you KNOW how much I love flexible recipes.
Speaking of things I love, allow me a moment to talk about how much I love life right now. Despite the political turmoil facing our nation, I find myself simply overwhelmed with gratitude for my life right now. Like, how lucky I am to be making a living doing what I love, surrounded by people I love. It may be crazy at times — and the craziness of balancing 2 jobs and being a freelance musician sometimes equals more than a little take-out and fast food, but it also means a life full of professional development. How great is that!?
Luckily, my artificial light system just came in, and I’m excited to be able to take food photos (and soon, videos!) no matter the hour — especially since so much of my cooking happens well after sunset. Hopefully this means I can continue to blog on a more regular basis; there are some great food ideas I’ve been concocting recently!
- 1 bagel, halved
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons Mexican or Cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped bell pepper (I used red and green mini bell peppers)
- 1 tablespoon green onion, chopped
- Preheat oven for 375F
- Using a fork, hollow out each half of the bagel and place them on a parchment or aluminum-foil lined baking tray. You can save the bread for breadcrumbs for other recipes!
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, and salt and pepper and it is a homogenous mixture.
- In a separate bowl, combine the bacon, cheese, and bell pepper.
- Place the bacon/cheese/pepper mixture into each of the hollowed-out halves of the bagel.
- Pour the egg mix over the filling in the bagel, until the egg is even with the top of the bagel. Watch out- it's very easy to accidentally pour too much!
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until the egg is cooked through. Serve as is, or with Sriracha drizzled on top.
I’m a huge fan of simple, acoustic music for breakfast foods. It’s the perfect way to get woken up and placed in the right mood for the day! This song was introduced to me a few weeks ago at a praise team rehearsal for my church job, and then was heard again as an SSA piece at the Tennessee mid-state choral festival that several of my school’s girls sang at. I admit though, I have an ulterior motive: in this time of deep political divide, this song truly resonated with me. “This is the song of one voice…” As the country moves forward I will be striving to create collaboration between my students — the up-and-coming generation — so that they can face the world and have the skill set to be “one people, one voice” in the future.