Cheese and Vegetable Pizza Bagels
Yield:   6 servings
Cook Time:   About 18 minutes
Tips:   Types of bagels recommended for this recipe: Onion, everything, sesame, plain, egg or onion. Additional pizza bagels can be made into cheese pizza for kids, or topped with traditional pizza toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, etc. See recipe description below for ideas. Pizza Bagels may be made as appetizers on regular-sized or mini bagels, or served for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Preheat oven to 350° F.

Herbed Cream Cheese

In a medium mixing bowl, mix with a fork cream cheese, garlic, salt to taste (a dash or two), pepper, basil, oregano and milk. Set aside.

Sautéed Mushrooms

Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add salt and pepper and mix with a spatula to evenly blend with butter. After 15-30 seconds, add sliced mushroom and toss to evenly coat. Sauté mushrooms for 8-10 minutes, or until mushrooms have reduced in size and have turned golden brown in color. Stir in balsamic vinegar and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.

Pizza Bagels Assembly

Spread cream cheese mixture on bagel halves (Note: Cream cheese may be divided evenly to accomodate each bagel slice or used as desired). Top with shredded mozzarella, artichokes, roasted red peppers and sliced mushroom.

Place topped bagels on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 7-9 minutes, or until cheese has begun melting and if desired, begins to turn brown.