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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

Let's see...Blueberry. Cranberry. Cinnamon. Cheddar. Asiago. Jalapeno. Pretzel. French toast. Maple. Chocolate chip. And that's just real quick, off the top of my head, bagel varieties I personally enjoy, that are not represented in those self-important "everything" bagels.

That said, everything bagels rule. There's just something about all that taste - the salty, the garlic-y, the onion-y, with the extra little crunch from seedss - that make them my go-to bagels more times than not. Unless I'm too tempted by that asiago...I'm always tempted by asiago.

Now, imagine if you could make literally anything taste like an everything bagel.

While others dream, TJ's does. Introducing Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. It has everything an everything bagels has....except, namely, the bagel. That's a big something to miss from something calling itself everything, isn't it?

Use it on everything. Well okay, maybe not everything everything. I can't imagine it working well on, say, fruit or chocolate cake or in milk or, well, lots of other things. But imagine what it could be good on: eggs, quiche, various meats, steamed veggies, potatoes, in soups...that list also goes on. By itself, the salt seems very strong, but really it's the garlic and onion that really drive the flavor. It's potent and pungent and will last and last. Yes, you can get that distinctive "everything bagel breath" without stopping by your local Einstein Brothers, Bruegger's, or bagel shop of choice. As of time of writing, I re-sampled some getting close to an hour ago, and I can still taste it, and I had better do one heckuva good brushing job if I want a smooch from the Mrs anytime soon.

Good stuff. I've heard some folks toss around the words "breakfast game changer" when sprinkled on eggs. A coworker of mine marveled about the everything roasted chicken she made with this spice blend. Sandy loved it on some butternut squash soup, and for me, a light sprinkle on some roasted pork made for a good mix up from my usual spice choice. "Light" is the operative word, as it's very salty. I like how the seeds, garlic and onion retain a lot of their crunch, as one would expect from a freshly toasted everything bagel, so it seems a very accurate representation. A nice bonus is, it won't cost you everything either...it's just $1.99! A little goes a long way, so enjoy.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend: 8.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons


12 comments:

  1. We are making a TJ's run in Louisiana this weekend. So, I'm adding it to the shopping list.

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  2. This stuff is the BEST!!! My current favorite breakfast is avocado toast topped with scrambled eggs and a sprinkling of the seasoning blend. It's the best little umami topper, and it keeps me full until lunch.

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    1. Yep. Gonna try it. Thanks for the egg idea!

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    2. I haven't tried it with eggs, but I made avocado today with sourdough bread and some of this on top, and it was fantastic.

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    3. FAR more salty than 'umami' but tasty nonetheless. Definitely great with eggs.

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  3. I put mine in whipped cream cheese and spread on a cucumber! Really great appetizer!

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  4. I love this stuff! I love everything bagels and it great. Gives so much flavor and can do a rub over poultry instead of herb rub. YUM!

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  5. I agree that this is a great product. There's nothing better than to pour some of this into some whipped cream cheese,mix it up and spread it on a toasted everything bagel! The last time I did this I even added some grated Parmesan to the everything cream cheese mix. Fantastic

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  6. This is the best product in the entire world. My husband doesn't like everything bagels, so we always buy plain, but I like a lil' flare on my breakfast, so this stuff solves our problem and is PERFECT!! 10/10 from me! :)

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  7. I am officially hoarding this. I've been sprinkling it on about anything- it's great on just sliced cucumbers or baby carrots as a veggie snack too.
    Oh, and definitely on popcorn. I spritz my popcorn with a little olive oil spray first so it sticks
    Ttrockwood

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  8. Just a note, anything that comes in Blueberry. Cranberry. Cheddar. Asiago. Jalapeno. Pretzel. French toast. Maple. Chocolate chip flavors is not a bagel. They're round bread things from Panera. ;)

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