One of the latest food trends to hit the internet are bagel donuts, by and large a donut with savory flavored bagel fillings like cream cheese and lox, sprinkled with everything spice.
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The fusion isn’t as strange as some people may think, as fried savory breads appear in many cultures. Here in Israel, Tunisian Jews make a sandwich called a fricassee, a fried roll with fillings such as tuna, preserved lemon and sliced potato. Central Europeans have their own fried flatbread, called langos.
Even within American pop culture, the idea of combining donuts with savory fillings isn’t new - celebrity chef Paula Deen famously sandwiched a bacon cheeseburger between two sugar-glazed donuts.
The American bakeries making the current wave of bagel donuts were inspired by a Portugese donut known as a malasada, called a sufganiya in Israel - a hanukkah jelly donut. The donuts our taste-testers tried are essentially mildly sweet sufganiyot filled with cream cheese, chive and lox. Let’s see what they think.