I tested a new holiday snack recipe on my family last night (good thing they have adventuresome taste buds.) We Nicer Slicer aficionados love the way this slicer can make great food even tastier without filling you up.
Recently, I saw a friend of mine eating a Cinnamon Crunch bagel from Panera, topped with a flavored cream cheese. It looked so good that I went to find one for myself. In the store, I noticed that each bagel contained a whopping 400 calories. I bought several and went home to experiment.
Looking for something to go with your morning coffee? Want a quick and easy treat that delivers the Nicer Slicer trifecta of benefits- better taste, less calories and less cost? Try this. I call it my American take on the French classic pastry, pain au chocolat. It also makes a great after school snack that kids love.
1 everything bagel
hazelnut spread (such at Nutella)
very good coffee (French Roast is ideal)
makes 2 sandwiches
Start by brewing your coffee, so you can enjoy this treat while it’s still warm. Toast both halves of the bagel, then slicer them for a total of 4 slices. Slather the spread onto the bottom two pieces and cover with the top
pieces of the bagel. Pour yourself some coffee and say “Bon Jour!” to the day.
We had guests for dinner the other night and I wanted make a hot appetizer. Looking around the kitchen, I found some “everything” bagels, Romano cheese and a first pressing olive oil. What could I do with those ingredients? Further searching turned up homemade pesto and Tabasco sauce. I became inspired and here is the result:Bruschetta alla Romano (yields 36 pieces)
1½ pre-sliced “everything” bagels
3 Tbsp. good quality olive oil
3 tsp. pesto
¼ cup grated Romano cheese
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce