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Spicy Cheese and Chorizo Bagelini

Yes, that’s right, I did say BAGELINI! What’s one of those, you ask? Well, I made it up! A bagelini is the lovechild of a bagel and a panini. Some might call them a toasted bagel but I like to be much more dramatic than that…

This is such a simple recipe that it almost doesn’t warrant being on the blog, but I do like to pride myself on posting about things that appeal to a range of ability levels and I think making a good toasted sandwich is a really valuable life skill!

I really love bagels, but they’re not often sold as toasties which I think is a real big shame. I love the crisp exterior and slightly chewy inside a bagel gives to this snack. The type of bagel is also really important; a sesame seed version gives a great flavour and texture once the seeds are toasted in the press.

You can use your favourite hot sauce in this recipe, but I was recently sent some Peruvian Amarillo Chilli Sauce by Encona and it was perfect in this Bagelini. It added a lovely spicy note, with a slight tang of garlic and herbs too. Delicious!

I used my Tefal Optigrill to toast my Bagelini and it does a great job as it has a floating hinge which allows downwards pressure without pushing the bagel sideways like some presses can with a traditional hinge. However, if you don’t have a panini press or grill, you can still make your own Bagelini with two frying pans. Just heat one pan over a hot heat, then place the bagel into another pan over a medium heat whilst squashing it down with the hot side of the first pan. If you get this right, you will end up with a Bagelini that is perfectly cooked and brown on both sides but, if the top pan cools too quickly, just flip over the bagel and continue to heat.

So, now that you know how to toast the bagel, here’s the full recipe…

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Spicy Cheese and Chorizo Bagelini
A spicy toasted bagel made with cheese and chorizo is made extra tasty by a splash of hot sauce.
  • 2 sesame seed bagels
  • A splash of hot sauce
  • 50g mature cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices cured chorizo
1. slice the bagels in half then spread with with hot sauce and top the bottom half with the cheese and chorizo before replacing the lid. 2. Cook using your preferred method until golden brown and crispy on the outside. 3. Enjoy served with a side salad or good quality hand-cooked crisps.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 bagelinis

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I’m entering this recipe into the ‘Club Sandwich’ challenge I’ll be hosting with the lovely Stuart from Cakeyboi. See his blog post for full details!

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