One of the reasons I am so glad that January is finally here is that I am a little bit closer to my next New York trip. A couple of months ago, I marked January 25th on my calendar and the countdown began. I am just three weeks away from my next trip to the city that never sleeps, and I’m so excited I can hardly sleep already. For the last seven years, I have traveled to New York City at least once a year, and I never made it there in 2012. My plan is to make at least two trips in 2013 to make up for it.
When I spend a long time away from the city, I start to feel nostalgic about the times I have spent in the big apple. There are so many different things that draw me to New York that I probably couldn’t count them all (although it might be fun to try, perhaps in sonnet format). One of those things is the bagels and flavored cream cheese. Bagels in any other city just can’t compare. Everything bagels in particular are a special treat that I always try to have when I visit New York. Oh how I miss them when I am away.
I recently came up with a way to curb my cravings for New York bagels and I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen a sneak peek a few days ago. Everything Bagel Sprinkles are really easy to make and a great seasoning for bagels and more. I have personally found these very useful when my local coffee shop sells out of everything bagels and I have to make a multigrain bagel work instead.
All it takes is a few of these sprinkles and I have a multigrain bagel in an everything bagel’s clothing. I think these would also be great on a veggie sandwich, baked into focaccia, or sprinkled on a savory snack like hummus (why not?). One of the ingredients is sea salt so you may need to watch your intake, but you can always dial down the level of sodium by cutting the amount of salt you add to the mix in half.
I have just two more caveats when it comes to this stuff. First, it’s going to make your breath smell. . .
. . . delicious! Just kidding, the garlic and onion can actually be a little aggressive so watch out for that. This does not stop me at all (it’s totally delicious). You might want to buy stock in Trident gum immediately.
Second, if you store this in a jar or canister, make sure you give it a few good shakes before sprinkling. The smaller pieces (sea salt and poppy seeds) tend to sink to the bottom rather quickly. You should shake or stir the mix before sprinkling so you will get an even dispersion.
Everything Bagel Sprinkles
- 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Adjust salt to taste. Store in an airtight container. Shake before using.
19 days ‘til NYC!