The bagel. It is a wonderful food. It can be eaten at any time of day. Make a toasted bagel with butter for breakfast. Make this sandwich for lunch, and make mini pizza bagels for dinner. You can even make bagel chips to eat as snacks. This is a great lunch that doesn't take too long to make, and is very rewarding at the end.
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Step 1: Ingredients
- Bagel, any kind
- Your favorite deli meat (I used barbecue chicken from Stop & Shop)
- Your favorite cheese (I used provolone)
- Jumbo romaine hearts
- Butter (salted or unsalted, margarine, whatever butter-like substance you usually put on you bagel)
- Tin Foil
Step 2: (Optional) Thaw Your Bagel
For some unknown reason, I tend to buy a lot of bagels at a time. I don't eat them all that quickly, so I freeze them. You can't spread butter on a frozen bagel, so pop the halves in the oven at 350° for a minute and a half. You could also use a microwave, but I don't have one, so I couldn't tell you how long to put it in for.
Step 3: Spreading and Toasting
Grab your butter or margarine or whatever, and put an even-ish coat on both halves. Put them in the oven at 350° again, but this time for ~3 and a half minutes. Take your bagels out using a spatula, or do(n't) do like I did and grab them with your bare hands. Careful- they're hot!
Step 4: Add Meat and Cheese
At this point you will want to tear off a piece of foil big enough to house your bagel halves with room to spare. You do this so the cheese doesn't burn when and if it drips off the side of your sandwich, and make your kitchen all smokey. You don't have to do this if you don't want to. Take a slice of cheese and put it on the bottom half of your bagel, right in the middle. Scrunch up three pieces of your deli meat and place them around your sandwich. Put both halves back in the oven at- you guessed it- 350° for another 3:30. After, take your sandwich out and admire it's extreme toasty deliciousness.
Step 5: Add Lettuce and Enjoy!
Rip off a piece of lettuce from the top or middle of your romaine heart. You don't want to use the bottom, because it is kind of bitter. Make it just bigger than your sandwich, and place it on top. Put the top half of the bagel on, and enjoy! Try tweaking the sandwich! Put tomato on as well, or try it with tofu! I'd love to see and hear what you do in the comments!