Chef Ina Garten leaning against a kitchen counter
Ina Garten's Unique Bagel-Cutting Technique For More Cream Cheese
As strange as it might sound, Ina Garten cuts bagels horizontally twice to make three thinner pieces of bagel. In a TikTok, she explains that this creates "a nice little sandwich."
This technique makes the bagel seem thinner and allows for the flavor emphasis to be more on the ingredients inside, whether it's cream cheese or sandwich fillings.
Additionally, it means that you can add more ingredients to a bagel sandwich without the risk of the sandwich getting too big to fit in your mouth.
Otherwise, you can use the slices to create a large triple-decker sandwich or eat each slice individually, experimenting with different toppings and flavored cream cheeses.