Spinach-Cheese Bagel Bites

A delish 15-min. prep time for this appetizer from Dairy Association winner Vicki Burgess of Houston, Texas.

Spinach-Cheese Bagel Bites
4 day-old bagels
4 oz. (4 c.) fresh spinach, stems removed
1 c. provolone, shredded
1/3 c. onion, minced
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375° F. Split bagels horizontally. Use a grapefruit spoon to hollow-out some of the bread from the bagel .Place spinach in a microwave safe bowl and splash with water.  Wilt the spinach by cooking in microwave on high for about 1 min., 20 seconds.  Drain well.

Combine spinach, cheeses and the rest of the ingredients, except the bagels.  Place bagels on a foil-lined cookie sheet and place about a ¼ c. of the mixture on each bagel. Bake each bagel until the cheese melts and the edges of the bagels are slightly toasted, about 8-10 min. Makes 32 pieces, or about 8 servings.

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