Kneads and Cravings: Bagels and brunch

All right, raise your hands if you have ever enjoyed a bagel? What about bacon? Are you looking to make something that looks like you tried really hard, but really put only a few minutes of effort into it? I recently wowed some friends with my Bacon Bagel Ring; they thought I had to get up early to make it in time for our brunch meet-up. Luckily, all I did was pop this bad boy in the oven while I put myself together to look like a half decent person, since I did the quick five- minute prep for this recipe the night before. They loved how easy it was to pull apart the bagel pieces and that they were seasoned to pack all the flavor of an Everything Bagel.

Looking to wow your pals at brunch or the Super Bowl Party? Give this fun brunch/appetizer recipe a try.

Bacon Bagel Ring

serves 8

1 pound cooked bacon

1 tube biscuit dough

12 oz. cream cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 egg

¼ cup chopped green onions

4 tablespoons sour cream

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons poppy seeds

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take the biscuit dough, slice each biscuit in half and roll the halves into balls. Line a pan with the dough balls, to form a box or ring (depending on the shape of your pan). Stir cooked bacon (broken into small pieces), cream cheese, sour cream, cheese and onions in a bowl. Once the cream cheese dip is stirred, place it to the side. Mix the egg, seeds, garlic and onion powder together to make an egg wash and brush it onto the dough balls in the pan. Once the dough has been brushed with the egg wash, scoop the cream cheese dip into the center of the pan and smooth it out so it fills the entire center of the pan and touches the edges of the dough. Bake for 25 minutes or until the biscuits become a nice golden brown and are cooked all the way through and serve.

Chef’s note: You can do all the prep of rolling the balls and mixing the dip the night before, just cover it with tinfoil and place it in the fridge. If you’re not about that bacon life, you can omit it from your dish and still end up with a tasty bagel ring.