You'll want to put everything bagel seasoning on everything

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It sounds too cliche to be true, but trust me, you'll want to put everything bagel seasoning on everything.

If you haven't seen or heard about this addicting mixture of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced garlic and onion flakes, and coarse sea salt, you must be living under your kitchen counter, because this stuff is the new avocado toast on the trendiest kitchen block in town — speaking of, it's great on avocado toast.

Like all good food trends, I was first introduced to everything bagel seasoning — or, as some call it Everything But the Bagel seasoning thanks to Trader Joe's popular version of the mix — through a recommendation from a co-worker who immediately said, "I put that stuff on everything." So, when I saw a jar of it in the bread aisle of my local Big Y, I picked it up, figuring a shake or two couldn't hurt. At first, I gave few timid shakes on some roasted vegetables and was a little underwhelmed.

But then, one morning, I was slicing up an avocado for my lunch and thought I'd give this whole avocado toast thing a try. After a healthy slather of mashed avocado on my whole-wheat toast, I gave a more liberal shake of the everything bagel seasoning all over and took a bite. Suddenly, I was hooked.

The seasoning offers the perfect salty, slightly crunchy kick to the avocado, with a pleasant garlic tang that immediately hits your taste buds. If you close your eyes, you'd swear you were, indeed, eating an everything bagel.

I tackled vegetables again, this time shaking it on shredded potatoes that I was frying up for crispy home fries for a Saturday morning breakfast. The result was diner-food perfection. I've since found use for the seasoning in scrambled eggs, cottage cheese (seriously, a surprisingly delicious add-on to an otherwise bland snack), over a roasted sweet potato and as an additional topping for my family's favorite Parmesan chicken and roasted cauliflower recipe.

Even my beloved smashed potatoes recipe was shoved to the back of the recipe box once I swapped out the lemony butter mixture with just butter and a good dose of the seasoning mix; simply boil small potatoes until tender, then gently smash with a spoon, cover with melted butter and the magic everything bagel seasoning on a sheet pan and put under the broiler until browned and crispy.

A word of warning: While this stuff is great on pretty much any grilled vegetable — did I mention the joy it brings to roasted broccoli with olive oil? — the dried, minced garlic has a tendency to burn quickly. So, you'll want to watch it in the oven, or put it on right before you're done roasting or broiling. This mix can also be a bit salty for some people. If you're someone sensitive to saltiness you'll want to use it on things you would salt normally, then skip the traditional salt.

You can find this mixture in most stores or online, but if you'd like to make your own mixture to keep in the pantry the recipe is pretty simple. This would also be a great way to adjust the salt.

EVERYTHING BAGEL SEASONING MIX

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried minced onion

2 teaspoons flaked sea salt or coarse salt

Directions:

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In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir until well combined and store in a sealed jar or container.

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Aside from the combinations I already mentioned, here are a few fun appetizer ideas, or brunch sides, to help turn all your guests into members of the everything bagel seasoning cult — really, I'm going to be a founding member and make shirts that say: "In the words of that Frank's Hot Sauce Lady: "I put this ---- on everything!"

EVERYTHING BAGEL PINWHEELS

Ingredients:

1 can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dough sheet

1 small container whipped cream cheese

2 tablespoons of everything bagel seasoning mix (a little less if you don't like salty things)

Possible add-ons: Bacon pieces, green onions, shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll out the dough sheet flat and spread a thin layer of cream cheese all over, leaving about an inch around all edges. Then evenly sprinkle the everything bagel mixture over the cream cheese. Add any add-ons you'd like to the mixture. Gently roll into a long log and slice into 1 1/2-inch pinwheels. Place individual pinwheels onto greased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.

EVERYTHING BAGEL DIP

Ingredients:

One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 1/2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning mix (maybe more if you really like the stuff!)

Directions:

Mix cream cheese with mixer until smooth. Add in spices and sour cream, beat until combined. Serve with bagel chips or vegetables. Refrigerate any leftovers.


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