Holiday Hors d’oeuvres: Bagel Crostini

Holiday Hors d'oeuvres: Bagel Crostini


  • Bagel Crostini Ideas Made with Bruegger's Bagels

  • Ricotta cheese, prosciutto, fresh Italian basil
  • Brie, chopped pistachios, chopped dried cranberries
  • Roasted butternut squash, ricotta cheese
  • Sliced ham, dijon mustard
  • Cream cheese, mandarin orange slices


One of the things I love about the holiday parties is the copious amounts of appetizers. I LOVE appetizers because you get the chance to experience a whole lot of flavor in one bite. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a holiday party that did not have a crostini of some kind. I try to get creative by combining different toppings and spreads on top of toasted baguettes. But I recently realized that I should be looking at the toast, the heart of the crostini, as a flavor enhancer as well. For my last holiday gathering, I made crostini with toasted and sliced Bruegger’s Cranberry Orange bagel* topped with ricotta cheese, prosciutto, and fresh Italian basil.

The result is a savory and creamy combination of meat and cheese, but the bagel adds a zap of brightness to make these tiny guys extra flavorful. The basil added a beautiful aromatic flavor, and it already pairs very well with prosciutto and ricotta.

To make the toast, I cut the Cranberry Orange bagel into slices, about ¼-inch thick. I then toasted it in a preheated 350F oven for about 10 minutes, until it was nice and toasty. Once the toasted bagel slices cooled, I topped it with a nickel-sized dollop of ricotta, a 2″ long piece of prosciutto, and a pinch of freshly chopped Italian basil.

Holiday Hors d’oeuvres: Bagel Crostini Recipe by frites & fries blog.

At Bruegger’s, we’re known for our kettle-cooked bagels and Vermont cream cheese. But we’re also on a quest to provide our guests with menu items that push the culinary boundaries. This recipe features signature staples available only at Bruegger’s Bagels, and hand-crafted with a creative twist that may be made easily at home. So, next time you stop by Bruegger’s for your morning coffee and bagel, grab a tub of cream cheese and a few extra bagels to create one of these masterpieces at home.

*Bagel flavor available only for a limited time.

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