I’ve lived a lot of places in my life, but living in New York City is pretty special. The city is so diverse, and that diversity is apparent in the vibrant food scene. But, there are some delicacies that are more quintessentially New York than others, and bagels are one of those. In my house, we grew up eating bagels that one would perhaps consider weird: toasted and spread with cream cheese and sprinkled with sugar (it was something my older sister started) - looking back, it was probably to cover our lack luster, mediocre bagels.
Before I moved to NYC, I never had great bagels. Since you can’t miss what you’ve never had, I didn’t even know it. Now, I get to enjoy bagels whenever I want—whether they’re freshly-baked blueberry bagels for breakfast, or an everything bagel packed with meat and cheese for lunch, I probably enjoy a bagel at least two times a week.
I love bagels so much that I’ve made them from scratch multiple times, and I even hosted a New Year’s Day brunch for all of my friends—featuring homemade bagels with all the traditional fixings: cream cheese, capers, lox (the cousin of smoked salmon) and red onion.
As nice as it was to lounge around on a holiday with my closest friends partaking in homemade bagels, my everyday life doesn’t allow for such leisure. I’m typically on-the-go, and I love to have food options that I can grab and take with me. This bagel sandwich is just that. It’s hearty, satisfying and very NYC. It’s layered with Land O Lakes® Deli American, salami, smoked ham, tomato and peppers. Before packing it in my lunch, I cut it in half—just as a bodega would.
NYC Bagel Sandwich | makes one sandwich
2 slices of Land O Lakes® Deli American
1 bagel, sliced in half
2 slices of salami
3 slices of smoked ham
1 thick tomato slice
Spread mayonnaise on both sides of the bagel. Layer the bagel with Land O Lakes® Deli American, salami, ham, tomato and peppers. Cut in half. If not serving immediately, wrap in foil and take with you for a NYC lunch on-the-go.