Homemade Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese is the star of this scooped bagel sandwich. It’s a perfect weekday breakfast, or serve it up for an easy brunch.
When I was a kid, my dad would get up early on Sunday mornings and hit the deli for bagels, cream cheese, and all of the fixin’s. One of the stars of the show, as far as I was concerned, was the Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese.
This wasn’t like most store-bought vegetable cream cheese. This deli made their schmear in-house, and it was packed with big pieces of bell pepper, carrot, and green onion.
It was delicious on its own, but my favorite way to make it was on a scooped bagel with tomato and onion slices, a big scoop of capers, and a squeeze of lemon. Perfection.
Making Your Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese
To make this Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese recipe, I started with an 8 ounce package of Go Veggie Vegan Classic Plain Cream Cheese. I know that vegan cream cheese can be tough to shop for, and I love how Go Veggie works in this recipe.
Leave the cream cheese out to soften a bit while you prep your veggies. Finely chop your carrots, green onions, and bell peppers. You can do this in a food processor, if you prefer Then fold the cream cheese and veggies together with a little bit of dried dill.
Add some salt and pepper, if that’s your thing, and you’re ready to spread!
You can make your Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese up to two days ahead. I think it actually tastes better the next day, as the flavors get a chance to meld. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
I do not recommend freezing, because the veggies are not going to be a pleasant consistency when they defrost.
About Go Veggie
You’ve probably seen Go Veggie brand cheeses and cream cheeses at the grocery store at the point. Their products come in three designations:
- lactose- and soy-free
They have a lot of vegan products at this point! I’m a fan of their cream cheese and Parmesan. Go Veggie Vegan Cream Cheese would work well with my Easiest Vegan Cheeseball Ever and Vegan Cherry Cheese Danish recipes, too!
You can see which of their products are and are not vegan on their products page. Vegan Go Veggie products have the purple banner on the label, so they’re easy to spot on store shelves.
Let’s scoop some bagels!
I’ve got a video and written instructions for the Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese below, but before we get to that, let’s talk about a critical step: scooping that bagel!
I come from a family of bagel-scoopers. We are firm believers that scooping is the only way to get the correct bagel-to-toppings ratio. To scoop your bagel, just use your fingers to scoop that extra dough out of the bagel, creating a moat to hold more creamy, delicious cream cheese and veggies.
Homemade Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese & Breakfast Bagel Sandwich
Homemade Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese is the star of this scooped bagel sandwich. It's a perfect weekday breakfast, or serve it up for an easy brunch.
For the Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese
- 1 8 ounce package Go Veggie Vegan Classic Plain Cream Cheese
- 2 tablespoons minced carrot
- 2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced green onion
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper or to taste, optional
For the Bagel Sandwich
- 4 vegan bagels of your choice halved and scooped (see the "Let's scoop some bagels!" section above)
- red onion sliced into rings
- tomato slices 1 large tomato should do the trick
- capers to taste
- 8 lemon wedges 1-2 lemons, depending on how citrusy you want your bagel sandwich
Make the Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese
In a medium-sized bowl, soften the cream cheese with a fork.
Stir in the rest of the cream cheese ingredients, until they're well-combined. Refrigerate while you prep everything else for the bagel sandwiches.
Build Your Bagel Sandwich
To make 1 bagel sandwich: Divide the cream cheese between the scooped bagel halves. Add 1-2 rings of onion, then top with 1-2 tomato slices each. Spoon on 1 tablespoon of capers per bagel half, then squeeze the juice of 1/4 fresh lemon on top.
Family style: If you prefer, you can do like my family did on Sunday mornings, and just set everything out on the kitchen table. People can use the toppings to build their own best bagel sandwich.
I highly recommend using a food processor to mince the carrots and bell peppers for this recipe. Your food processor will get those pieces much smaller. I used my mini Cuisinart for this, and it worked great!
If you're not crazy about capers, you can omit them.