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Old 10-16-2017, 08:59 PM
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Butter on bagels?

Am I the only one who likes butter on bagels? For the most part, I find cream cheese to be bland and boring, except for some flavored cream cheeses, especially jalapeño.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:02 PM
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I prefer cream cheese, but butter is good, too. I can't think of many (any?) breads that don't taste good with butter on them.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:24 PM
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I only use butter if I'm out of my first and second choices.
1 cream cheese
2 grape jelly.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:29 PM
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I've always eaten my bagels either:

1.) plain
2.) with butter
3.) as a pizza bagel
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:42 PM
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I love bagels...and I love buttered bread...and, for whatever reason, I've never actually tried buttering a bagel! Just one of those psychological obstacles, I guess.

(Bagels with worcestershire sauce? Bagels with prickly-pear cactus jelly? Bagels with brussels sprouts?)
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:56 PM
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I strongly suggest you try your next bagel with butter, you'll be hooked! You can join me at the gym to help burn off all those delicious calories!


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Old 10-16-2017, 09:58 PM
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Sure - especially if I want to melt a piece of cheese over it.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:03 PM
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Butter is good; cream cheese is better.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:16 PM
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I'm another butter is good, cream cheese is better.

I've also been known to eat bare bagels with nothing on them, too. Which are also good.

But not as good as butter. Which is not as good as cream cheese.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:33 PM
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In recent months, I've begun drizzling olive oil on things I used to put butter, bagels included. But I have always liked butter on bagels, even more than cream cheese.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:38 PM
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Butter, then cream cheese.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:39 PM
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Prefer it with butter, much to my wife's horror. I think it allows the malt flavor to shine through.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:04 PM
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I don't particularly like cream cheese all that much, so I always put butter on my bagels.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:38 PM
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I also find cream cheese to be quite bland, so for a toasted bagel I go with margarine or peanut butter (in the case of a cinnamon raisin bagel).
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:43 PM
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I'll put cream cheese on one half and butter on the other.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:56 PM
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OK - I'll let my secret shame be revealed...
I toast my bagel, then I butter it, then I hit it with a good schmear of cream cheese, and finally apricot jam.

It's like a wonderful buttery, fruity, cream cheese Danish.
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Old 10-17-2017, 12:18 AM
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cream cheese on a english muffin dosent work ....bagels were a science project ...decided if it worked for bagles .....
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Old 10-17-2017, 12:36 AM
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Bagels are my preferred base for almost everything:

- cream cheese and lox
- flavored cream cheese
- pizza bagel
- tuna melt
- butter
- butter and jelly
- cream cheese and jelly
- peanut butter
- peanut butter and jelly
- peanut butter and honey
- cookie butter
- turkey sandwich
- melted cheese
- egg and lox sandwich

The other day, I decided to try something completely new: Pizza bagel with lox. I figured if anchovies worked, why not? I was wrong. I finally found something that is not good on a bagel (or presumably anywhere else).

Now I need to try zoid's recipe.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:01 AM
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I'm another butter is good, cream cheese is better.

I've also been known to eat bare bagels with nothing on them, too. Which are also good.

But not as good as butter. Which is not as good as cream cheese.
Bare bagels are great - but only if they come fresh and warm from the bagel store. Cream cheese is best. Butter is okay if there is no cream cheese. Jelly is oy! And lox on the cream cheese is best.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:03 AM
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I'll add that if you are stuck with supermarket frozen bagels, it doesn't much matter what you put on them.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:09 AM
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I'll add that if you are stuck with supermarket frozen bagels, it doesn't much matter what you put on them.


That's actually how I started putting butter on them. I didn't keep cream cheese in my fridge but always had butter
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:15 AM
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I was raised to put on my bagel first, then top it with cream cheese. The first time I saw someone put only cream cheese on a bagel I was astonished. But that was a long time ago. In the intervening years, I've seen/eaten just about everything.

I'm rather hungry right now. If I could magically have a perfect bagel with any topping I desired, I guess I'd go for a dab of butter and a generous slather of cream cheese.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:17 AM
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Best bagel sandwich is a garlic bagel with butter, ham and cheese. Also a toasted raisin bagel with butter and jelly is better than with cream cheese and jelly. Especially with a lot of melted buttery butter. Yum.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:21 AM
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I'm quite partial to a toasted, liberally buttered sesame bagel with lashings of honey. And extra sesame seeds if possible. If my butter is the unsalted kind (phtooey!) a pinch of salt too.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:22 AM
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I used to butter and salt bagels to simulate hot buttered pretzels.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:23 AM
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Bare bagels are great - but only if they come fresh and warm from the bagel store. Cream cheese is best. Butter is okay if there is no cream cheese. Jelly is oy! And lox on the cream cheese is best.
Put a half of a small thinly sliced onion and lots of butter-- more than you think necessary (there seems to be a theme) in a frying pan until onions are see through. Lightly scramble three eggs and stir it in the pan. Have a handful of flaked lox ready to toss in the eggs once you get a nice soft curd going. Put on bagel. Enjoy.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:13 AM
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Butter is only for when you're out of cream cheese cheese.

Putting butter on a bagel is like putting cream cheese on an English muffin. It just tastes wrong.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:46 AM
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I strongly suggest you try your next bagel with butter, you'll be hooked!
No, somehow I doubt that the next bagel I have with butter will be less disappointing than the last one I had with butter. Or any other one I've had since actually trying cream cheese. Butter is for when I put the bagel in the toaster before checking if there was any cream cheese, and there's also no cheddar (second choice).
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:51 AM
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Lightly toasted, then cream cheese and thinly sliced onion, then lox.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:09 AM
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Ideally, an everything bagel with cream cheese, lox, tomato, and capers. Most bagels are better with cream cheese, but some (like cinnamon raisin, which is barely a bagel) pair well with butter. But the bagels that I like (everything, salt, garlic, onion) go best with cream cheese.
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:04 AM
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Best bagel sandwich is a garlic bagel with butter, ham and cheese. Also a toasted raisin bagel with butter and jelly is better than with cream cheese and jelly. Especially with a lot of melted buttery butter. Yum.
Respectfully disagree. My own invention:

Seeded bagel, cream cheese, dill, dry smoked salmon, bacon, tomato, a grind of pepper and a thin slice of red onion.
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:07 AM
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I find butter works best for me on onion bagels. Plain, not so much.
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:51 AM
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Always butter.
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:59 AM
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I have a package of "bagel thins" in my desk drawer at work. I have one every morning, with butter.

I do like cream cheese on bagels, but that's something I treat myself to on the weekends.

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Old 10-17-2017, 12:01 PM
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As far as I'm concerned, bagels are a butter delivery vehicle.
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Old 10-17-2017, 12:14 PM
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Garlic cream cheese...yummy but natures own birth control.
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Old 10-17-2017, 12:17 PM
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I prefer cream cheese, but butter is good, too. I can't think of many (any?) breads that don't taste good with butter on them.
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Old 10-17-2017, 12:56 PM
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I'll put cream cheese on one half and butter on the other.
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:48 PM
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While my usual is a sesame bagel with veggie cream cheese or occasionally lox and creamcheese, a toasted garlic bagel with butter is a treat.

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Old 10-17-2017, 03:06 PM
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I always thought it was like toast with jelly. Butter first, then the other topping, which in a bagel's case, is cream cheese.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:30 PM
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Butter first, then the other topping, which in a bagel's case, is cream cheese.
There may be many correct ways to eat a bagel, but this is one of the rare wrong ways.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:54 PM
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Butter.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:55 PM
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cream cheese on a english muffin dosent work ....bagels were a science project ...decided if it worked for bagles .....
I do cream cheese and lingonberry jam on english muffins as a rare treat.

I will make flavored butter [garlic and italian herb is excellent, or lemon zest and thyme is also good] for things like toast, bagels or english muffins - I don't mind adding the carbs for the toasty treat, but jams and jellies are usually too full of sugar for me to add in.
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Back when I ate bagels (they're too much of a carb hit for me now), I'd toast them and put butter on them. But, then again, I'm absolutely a gentile.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:53 PM
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I only use butter if I'm out of my first and second choices.
1 cream cheese
2 grape jelly.
I think you counted wrong, as cream cheese and grape jelly together is like chewy, gooey cheesecake and to 12 year old me , the only way to eat bagels.
Now that I'm a little older I'm also partial to toasted with butter or toasted with a good schmeer, capers and smoked salmon.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:13 PM
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I like them either way. My daughter always uses cream cheese and my husband always uses butter. An onion or everything bagel toasted with butter is very nice, same for cinnamon raisin.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:30 PM
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:58 PM
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Back when I ate bagels (they're too much of a carb hit for me now), I'd toast them and put butter on them. But, then again, I'm absolutely a gentile.
Maybe that's why I prefer butter over cream cheese too.

Since we're discussing bagels, I have found there are some people who are absolute purists when it comes to varieties. Only plain, pumpernickel, poppyseed, onion, and sesame are acceptable. Everything else is not a "true" bagel and an abomination (especially if it has berries or raisins). With that in mind, what's the consensus on sourdough bagels?
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:57 PM
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Maybe that's why I prefer butter over cream cheese too.

Since we're discussing bagels, I have found there are some people who are absolute purists when it comes to varieties. Only plain, pumpernickel, poppyseed, onion, and sesame are acceptable. Everything else is not a "true" bagel and an abomination (especially if it has berries or raisins). With that in mind, what's the consensus on sourdough bagels?
That's almost me. However garlic would be okay, egg is great, and everything bagels are fine also.

Now if someone closer than the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco had bialys. There were good frozen ones in my grocery, but they vanished despite my buying them every week.
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