Bacon chive cream cheese makes a great addition to your morning bagel!
College Park is a town best known for housing the University of Maryland’s main campus. When I first visited, it was a little run down with lots of empty store fronts. But now, it is crazy how fast it is filling up with new places. There are a ton of little hidden gems peppered in with the mainstream restaurants, of course. Usually, those hidden gems are way better than any Bobby’s Burger Palace. My most favorite is The Bagel Place.
This place, guys. I can’t really begin to describe it. They have every bagel flavor you could ever dream, paired with any cream cheese your heart desires. We used to get them on Fridays at the office and I’ve been pretty sad the tradition stopped. I was pretty loyal to one bagel/cream cheese combo in particular: the Old Bay bagel with bacon chive cream cheese.
If you’re from Maryland or live in Maryland or have been to Maryland or have driven past Maryland without stopping, you know Old Bay runs through the veins of this state. For people to say they don’t like it is akin to someone saying they don’t like Philly cream cheese or soft pretzels: illegal and morally wrong. I happen to love Old Bay and so this bagel spoke to me. But the stand out wasn’t even the bagel itself, it was the cream cheese. Creamy, loaded with salty bacon and chives, this bacon was the perfect compliment to that bagel. Since The Bagel Place is out of my way now, I’m making it at home non-stop. You should, too. Your bagels are naked without it!
- 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. Transfer to a container and store in the fridge.