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December 18, 2014



Bagel sandwich with shaved steak and gooey American cheese makes a great breakfast or lunch.  It is hearty and delicious!

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Bagel is fine, but it is not something I seek out to eat. An onion bagel with steak and cheese, on the other hand, is quite irresistible. This sandwich is a substantial and satisfying breakfast or lunch. And believe me, I can eat my fair share of these!

Shaved steak makes the sandwiches a breeze to prepare, requiring only minutes to cook. It is simply seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Customize your own and add whatever seasonings that pleases your palate. 

In my household, American cheese is the favorite on steak, but use what you like best. The bagels can be toasted or untoasted—it is entirely up to you. I prep mine a bit unconventionally—they get toasted then wrapped tightly in foil to allow some moisture to be absorbed back into the crust. You end up with a bagel that still has the crunch without it being overly hard and dry.

Serve this bagel sandwich with a salad, fries, or whatever floats your boat! Make sure you have extra on hand for those who want seconds!

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4 onion bagels
2 lb. shaved steak
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
8 slices of American cheese or cheese of your choice


Toast bagels. Optional step: wrap in aluminum foil for about 5 minutes to soften crust slightly. 

Heat a large skillet on medium high. To put a good sear on the steak, you don't want to crowd the pan. Add half of the shaved steak and half of the seasonings. Cook until steak is no longer pink. Divide steak into 2 piles. Add two pieces of cheese on each pile and loosely cover with a lid or foil, avoiding touching cheese. Remove skillet from heat and allow to sit for a couple minutes until cheese melts. 

Transfer the steak and cheese piles onto 2 bagels and assemble the first two sandwiches. Loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Cook the remaining steak and assemble the remaining two sandwiches. Makes 4 sandwiches.

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  1. Great Sandwich! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special Christmas week!
    Miz Helen

  2. That's a good looking sandwich right there, how yummy! I'm opening Sweet and Savoury Sundays early this week to make up for missing last weeks, so be sure to stop by and link up at the earlier time of Saturday 8am UK time. Happy New Year!

  3. Awesome sandwich! Thank you so much for sharing cheese bagel sandwich plate.

    Best Breakfast New York

  4. Hmm these look delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make.


  5. Yum!! A little too heavy for me as a breakfast but would be perfect for lunch! recently had for the first time a French toast bagel with strawberry cream cheese from a bagel shop in North Mrytle beach, SC called Krave. It was so good.

    Ketterman Rowland & Westlund