Egg, Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bagel

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The key to any mouth-watering bagel sandwich starts with the bagel. My local Kroger store (Smith’s in Utah) freshly bakes several varieties of bagels every morning; these bagels are soft, full of flavor, and very inexpensive (~$0.60 per bagel). The convenience of a nearby delicious bagel that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg–makes these bagels hard to beat!

Smith’s carries a green chili pepper cheddar bagel that became the inspiration for this egg, ham, and cheese breakfast sandwich. If you cannot find the green chili cheddar bagel, most grocery stores carry a jalapeno pepper cheddar bagel that can be swapped. For this recipe, I prefer the green chili bagels over the jalapeno bagels because they are not as spicy, and the flavor is still complex but does not overpower the sandwich.

Green Chili Pepper Cheddar Bagel Whole and Split in Half on Dark Background

When I made this bagel sandwich for the first time, my husband’s friend unexpectedly came to visit. I only had two bagels, so I cut my husband’s bagel sandwich in half. After my husband took his first bite, he instantly regretted splitting his sandwich. You know I wasn’t giving up any of mine. 😉

Customize your bagel sandwiches

These bagel sandwiches are customizable and every ingredient can be swapped to use your favorite flavor combinations:

  • Use different varieties of bagels (everything bagel, plain bagel, potato bagel, Asiago bagel, etc…)
  • Combinations of other varieties of meat can really change the flavor profile (any deli meats such as ham, turkey, roast beef, chicken, smoked salmon, or sausage, etc…)
  • Specialty seasoned cream cheese can be used to amp up the flavor (these are especially delicious with green onion and chive cream cheese).
  • Prepare the eggs your favorite way (hard scrambled, soft scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, over medium, over hard, etc…)
  • Use any kind of cheese you like (cheddar, provolone, pepper-jack, etc…)

Bagel sandwiches made at home can even better than those bought at a bagel shop! Let me know if you try this, and if you make any adjustments you love!

Egg, Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bagel Sandwich

Enjoy the taste of a bagel shop breakfast sandwich at home! The sandwich can be customized to your nutritional needs and taste preferences. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 522kcal
Author Clean Fingers Laynie

Ingredients

  • 2 Bagels Chili Pepper and Cheddar
  • 2 tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 6 slices Deli Ham
  • 1/4 cup Colby Jack Cheese grated
  • 3 Eggs

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

    Instructions

    • Cut the bagels in half horizontally using a serrated knife. To give the bagels texture, toast the bagels in a toaster or in the oven on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes. 
    • While the bagel is still warm, spread 1 tbsp of cream cheese on each bagel. 
    • (optional but preferred) In a saute pan over medium-high heat, toast the slices of ham on each side until the natural sugars in the ham begin to caramelize and brown.
    • Layer three slices of ham on each bagel sandwich on top of the cream cheese.
    • Crack the eggs in a small bowl and whisk to combine, and add salt and pepper, to taste, and whisk to combine.*
    • In the same saute pan over medium heat, cook eggs to your preferred doneness. (I like soft-set scrambled eggs for less messy eating) 
    • During the last minute of cooking the eggs, top eggs with cheese to melt the cheese. 
    • Place the eggs on top of the ham, and top the sandwich with the top half of the bagel. 
      Open Bagel Sandwich with Ham, Egg, and Cheese
    • Slice in half vertically, and enjoy!

    Notes

    *If making for a crowd, eggs can be baked in a sheet pan or a muffin pan in the oven at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Eggs can also be prepared your favorite way. Sunny side-up eggs or over-easy eggs would be delicious too!
    The bagel sandwich can be customized to your favorite combinations.

    Nutrition information is provided for the ingredients listed below, and nutrition information may need to be recalculated if using different ingredients.

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