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Meatball Bagel Bites

Meatball Bagel Bites are made with homemade bagels, topped with sauce, a meatball, and mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bagel Bites, Homemade Bagel Bites, Meatball Recipes
Servings: 12 bagels
Author: Great Grub Delicious Treats


  • 1⅓ cup warm water, 110°-112°
  • 1 tbps active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cups bread flour
  • 24 meatballs
  • 24 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • parmesan cheese, for topping


For the meatballs

  • In a small crockpot, add meatballs and spaghetti sauce.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours.

For the bagels

  • In a large mixing bowl, add warm water, 1 tsp of brown sugar, and yeast. Let bloom for 10 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the brown sugar, salt, and 2 cups of flour. Stir to combine well.
  • Add the rest of the flour (½ cup at a time), making sure to stir well in between. Once the dough is no longer sticking to spatula/hook attachment, knead the dough by hand until the dough becomes smooth and has good stretch. Form dough into a ball.
  • Grease a clean, large mixing bowl with vegetable oil and place dough into the bowl.
  • Set aside and let rise until the dough has doubled in size (1-2 hours).
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by placing a piece of parchment paper and spraying it with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large pot, boil 6 cups of water.
  • Transfer the dough to a well-floured surface. Slightly press the dough and cut into 2x2 pieces.
  • Form each dough piece into a ball. Using a clean finger, poke a hole into the middle of each dough ball.
  • Using clean hands, shape dough into a bagel shape. Repeat until all of the dough balls are shaped.
  • Once all of the dough balls are formed into bagel shapes, drop bagels into the boiling water and boil for 30 seconds on each side.
  • Place boiled bagels on a drying rack to drain any excess water. Once all of the bagels have been boiled and drained, place bagels on prepared baking sheet and place in oven.
  • Cook for 20-22 minutes or until the tops of bagels are lightly brown.
  • Remove bagels from baking sheet and place on a cooling rack. Let bagels cool for 5-10 minutes .
  • Once bagels are cool to the touch, slice bagels in half.
  • Place a scoop of spaghetti sauce on each bagel, then top it with shredded mozzarella cheese, a meatball, and parmesan cheese.


Homemade bagel recipe adapted from ashleemarie.com