Monday, January 9, 2017

Pizza Bagels perfect for freezing

I don't know if you could be a kid growing up in the 90's and not think that Bagel Bites were the ultimate in freezer food. I can still sing the commercial by heart, and it has been in my head all weekend. It's painful, thankfully, making these, is absolutely not, in any way.  I had almost 30 of them made in under 30 minutes. And that includes cooking time and making the sauce. 


2 packages of bagels (6 count each)
1 lb brick mozzarella cheese - shredded

Homemade Pizza Sauce -  Here is the link to the recipe. 
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce 
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or  oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 
1/8 teaspoon black pepper 
 pinch of sugar (optional) 

Mix the tomato sauce, basil, garlic salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Pizza Toppings of your choice - We went with just pepperoni here. 


Spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce on each bagel half.

Arrange pepperoni then sprinkle with cheese.

Place bagel pizzas on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

To Freeze:

Wrap each bagel in a small sheet of freezer paper, and then wrap again tightly in a layer of plastic wrap. 

I store all my individually wrapped bagels together in a large freezer bag that I labeled. I don't label each one. 

To ReHeat:

Bake pizza bagels at 375 for 10-12 minutes until the cheese melts in a preheated oven or toaster oven.

Frozen pizza bagels aren't going to take much longer to heat than fresh made, unfrozen bagels. There is no need to thaw unless you want to.

The microwave leaves the bagels more flexible and much softer, but we are all going to do it. So... 
45 seconds to a minute in the microwave and then let sit for another minute. If you had a lot of sauce of them, it can be hot.