Jen’s Hulk Bagel

There used to be a place in Hoboken, NJ called Bagel Smashery. They’d stuff the bagels with whatever you’d want, wrap them in foil, and stick them in what I think was a giant tshirt press. I always got mine stuffed with broccoli. So good. The place is closed now, but you can just do it at home. I loved making them when the kids were little because it’s such an easy way to get a kid to happily gobble up a quarter pound of broccoli. Nice. And yeah, if junk food can market to kids, I don’t mind giving produce a little bump. 😀

Jen’s Hulk Bagel

I’m writing this per person, so you can adjust as needed.

1 bagel, sliced in half

1/4 pound (4 ounces) of frozen broccoli (the stems are nice and sweet, so go ahead and get that cheap bag called broccoli cuts)
Pop it into a microwave safe bowl, add a nice splash of water, cover with saran wrap and microwave for 3 minutes (bump it up to 4 min if you’re doing 3-4 servings). Carefully remove the wrap because hot steam wants to say hi. Drain it well.

2/3 to 1 ounce extra sharp cheddar, shredded – I’m doing 2/3 ounce (just shy of Tablespoons) to just hold it together
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
Toss with the drained broccoli and press into a nice little patty, put it on the bagel bottom, and add the top. Give it a little press.

Heat your panini press. I put mine at 400 degrees. If you don’t have one, you can use two heavy cast-iron skillets, placing the bagels in one, and setting the other on top to weight it down. Coat the bagels or the press with a little butter, cooking spray or olive oil. Cook and press it til it’s a little crusty and melty. Yeah.


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This is my panini press. It’s fabulous for sandwiches, faux grilling, and it’s the best tofu press.

Panini press

My favorite cast iron skillet is a 12″ Lodge dual handle pan. Why? The long handles are too heavy to hold with a single hand when they’re loaded up. Since you’re using two hands anyway, you might as well get the ones that take up less space and stack so much better!

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Lodge 12″ dual handle cast-iron pan

My favorite knife. It’s a 7″ full tang Santoku. Full tang just means that the blade runs the full length of the knife. The blade and handle aren’t two separate components, so there’s no breaking point. I chose the Ikon handle design, which is wonderfully ergonomic. I have spent hours on a produce sculpture before and my hand was just as comfy at the end. It’s worth the pennies.

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Wusthof WU4176 Classic Ikon 7-Inch Santoku, Hollow Edge, Black