Trendy, avocado toast is definitely delicious and bruschetta is a real summer treat, but we can’t get enough of bagels — mini bagels to be precise. The wee favourites are far from microwaved pizza bagels of years past. We’ve got three tasty and truly grown-up ways to enjoy these bites as a unique and adorable appetizer.

From modern BLT bagels to spicy Mexican flavoured bites to classic cream cheese and lox, there’s something for everyone in these party-ready recipes.

Mini Bagels

BLT Bagel

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
12 mini bagels, sliced in half, toasted
1/2 cup roasted tomato jam or sundried tomato pesto
1/2 cup arugula
6 slices bacon, chopped

Directions:
Place bagels cut side-up on a large serving plate. Spread bagels with 2/3 of the tomato jam or tomato pesto. Top with arugula, bacon and remaining 1/3 the tomato jam or tomato pesto. Serve.

Spicy Mexican Bagel

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
12 mini bagels, sliced in half
1/2 cup chunky tomato salsa (mild, medium or hot)
1 avocado, pitted and sliced into small pieces
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp sliced fresh basil or cilantro
1/4 tsp chili flakes
Lime wedges, for serving

Directions:
Place bagels cut side-up on a large serving plate. Spread bagels with salsa. Top with a fan of avocado, dollop of sour cream, sprinkle of basil or cilantro and sprinkle of chili flakes. Serve with lime wedges for seasoning.

Mexican mini bagels

Cream Cheese & Lox Bagel

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:

Lemon Cream Cheese:
1 cup cream cheese, room temperature
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

Bagels & Toppings:
12 mini bagels, sliced in half
6 to 8 slices smoked salmon
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4cup capers
1/2 cup fresh dill

Directions:

Lemon Cream Cheese:
In a large bowl, stir cream cheese until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and lemon zest until combined.

Assembly:
Place bagels cut side-up on a large serving plate. Spread bagels with prepared lemon cream cheese. Top with smoked salmon, a few slices of red onion, 3 to 4 capers and a sprinkle of fresh dill. Serve.