Pizza Bagels with Walnut Crumble

I love Molly Yeh -- I've followed her for years and Girl Meets Farm is one of my favorite shows on The Food Network. She posted these mini pizza bagels on Instagram last week and I was immediately intrigued but the walnut crumble. It seemed easy enough to put together so we made them as a pre-football snack last Sunday (spoiler alert: I didn't watch the game and had to be told the day before who was even playing BUT any reason is a good reason to make pizza bagels).

These were amazing! I haven't eaten meat in a long time but the filling was seasoned just right and came together in a way that definitely reminded me of soy crumbles or soy chorizo. I cheated and used pre-made mini bagels but if you're feeling bold or prefer to make your own there are instructions in the original post. Six mini bagels each made for a good weekend lunch and the filling kept well in the fridge all week so we could snack on the remaining half as long as we liked.

Recipe from Molly Yeh

-12 mini bagels, halved
-1 cup toasted walnuts
-4 cloves garlic
-1 teaspoon dried parsley
-1 teaspoon dried onion
-1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
-1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
-Black pepper
-2 tablespoon olive oil
-8 ounces sharp white cheddar, shredded
-8 ounces pizza sauce
-Everything bagel topping
-Leaves from a couple of fresh thyme sprigs

Preheat the oven to 450º. 

Make the walnut crumble by combining the walnuts, garlic, dried parsley, dried onion, fennel, red, pepper, paprika, salt, a few turns of pepper, olive oil, and a heaping 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the mixture starts to come together (it should look crumbled like sausage). Adjust the seasoning as needed -- I thought it was perfect! 

Place the bagel halves (as many as desired) on a foil-lined baking sheet. Top with pizza sauce, cheddar, and the walnut mixture. Add everything bagel seasoning if desired (we added it to half of the pizzas). Bake at 450º until done. Molly suggested checking at 8 minutes but we ended up pulling the bagels out at 4 minutes. Top with thyme and enjoy!


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