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Pepperoni Pizza Bagels with Homemade Hot Honey

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Sometimes you just want a pizza bagel. I grew up eating them as a kid and don't understand why as an adult it's so unacceptable. Some of my favorite pizza toppings are hot honey and pepperoni. I'm taking all the epic flavors you find at the most popular pizza restaurants in New York City and putting them onto a childhood favorite.



  1. Position an oven rack 5 to 6 inches from the broiler unit, and preheat the broiler.
  2. Using food prep gloves, thinly slice the serrano chiles into rounds. If you don't have gloves, just be very careful to not touch your face when handling.
  3. Combine the honey and sliced serrano chiles in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until the heat is infused into the honey, 15 to 17 minutes.
  4. Cut the wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano into chunks and put them in a mini food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse the cheese until it is finely ground and resembles coarse sand. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  5. Slice the chunk of mozzarella into 1/2-inch rounds, then tear the rounds by hand.
  6. Cut the pepperoni into 1/8-inch thick slices. Cut 3 to 4 of the pickled jalapenos into thin rounds.
  7. Slice the bagels in half and, scoop out the interior using your fingers and put them on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the bagel halves with olive oil, then broil until lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Run the garlic clove over the cut-side of the bagels to infuse them with garlicky goodness.
  9. Spoon the tomato sauce onto the bagel halves, top with the mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, jalapeno and pepperoni. Finish with more Parmigiano-Reggiano and broil until bubbly and golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. To serve, drizzle the hot honey over the top of the pizza bagels and enjoy! You did it!

Cook’s Note

The hot honey can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.