Bagel Chips/Croutons

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I’m fortunate enough to work at a company where every Friday we have complimentary donuts and bagels in the kitchen. It’s a nice little perk that makes Friday extra special. This is a tradition which has been going on for years. It just recently occurred to me that I could make bagel chips with the leftovers. Since I’m on a budget, (and who isn’t these days) I decided to give it a try.

I was able to bring home about 8 bagels. Since the bagels come from the bagel store pre-cut, all I had to do is slice them into uniform pieces.

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1) Before you start, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2) Cut up your bagels into pieces that are relatively the same size.

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3) Place your cut up bagels into a large mixing bowl, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. You will need enough oil to coat all the bagel pieces. Toss the bagel pieces with your hands. You might have to drizzle with extra virgin olive oil twice to cover all the bagels.

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The reason for coating the bagels with oil is so your spices can stick to the bagels.

4) Sprinkle generous amounts of black pepper, garlic powder, garlic mixed with crushed red pepper and garlic salt. (Sorry, but when I’m making these, I just kind of eyeball it, which is why there aren’t any measurements)

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Once everything is coated wash your hands off and transfer bagel pieces onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for easier clean up. Try not to crowd the pan. You might have to use 2 cookie sheets or purchase a large one from a restaurant supply company like I did.

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Place into the oven for a total of 45 minutes, turning the cookie sheet every 15 minutes.

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After the chips/croutons are cooled place them into a plastic bag or a plastic container.

You can eat them as a snack or you can add them as croutons to a salad. You will sure enjoy the crunchiness. So crunch, crunch, crunch away!!!  Please let me know if you try making them and if you enjoyed them.

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