My first attempt at vegan bagel bites were for my friend’s going-away party, and they were not amazing. Luckily, when anyone over the age of 12 is eating bagel bites, they’re usually not in the mindset to care.
But I had a bunch of mini bagels leftover, so I decided to try again with a more adult-version, and they were so much better.
One of my favorite meals at It’s Only Natural Restaurant (the awesome vegan restaurant where I work, and where you should go) is the spinach portobello pizza. I borrowed their idea and made my second version with sautéed spinach, garlic, portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, and vegan cashew parmesan.
My only complaint is that I couldn’t find mini-bagels that were actually bite size, so they were super messy to eat. Next time I might put the spinach-portobello topping on an actual pizza crust, mix it with pasta, or probably serve it by itself as a side dish. Especially if I’m making it for my friends, because they would probably disregard whatever carb I gave them anyway. Not because they’re on a diet, obviously. They just don’t like the taste of bread.
There’s a few more steps involved than most things I make, but you can handle it.
I know you can.
Portobello Pizza Bagel Bites
- 6 mini bagels
- 1 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms
- 1 sweet onion
- 3-4 cups spinach
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp. vegan butter
- 1 cup cashews
- sea salt
- olive oil
- Separate the mini bagels into halves and brush lightly with olive oil. Bake on 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Caramelize the onions. I cut the onion into 1/2″ slices and sautéed on low-medium heat with about 1tbs. of vegan butter for about 20 minutes. If you really want to caramelize your onions the “right” way, here’s some great instructions.
- Make cashew parmesan cheese by blending 1 cup of raw cashews with 3/4 tsp of sea salt in a blender/bullet. Don’t blend too much or it will turn into cashew butter!
- Sautee the garlic with 1tbsp of olive oil on low-medium heat for about 5 minutes, until soft, and then add mushrooms. Stir frequently until mushrooms begin to brown, and then add spinach. Add a little more oil or water if needed. Remove the spinach from heat as soon as it starts wilting!
- Layer each bagel with a use of spinach and mushrooms, followed by caramelized onions. Top with cashew parmesan and bake for another 10 minutes on 400 degrees. Enjoy!
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