Looking for a meal to make with your friends while watching tonight’s back to back to back episodes of Community? Make Troy’s Bagel Bites casserole, as featured in last week’s episode (Curriculum Unavailable)! For those who missed it, he described his dish as “Bagel Bites in a deconstructed Hot Pocket reduction with a Doritos glaze.”

For ease (and to more accurately match the image of the casserole he was  holding), I took some liberties with the Doritos and made a Doritos bread crumb topping instead of a glaze. I tried my best to stick only with the ingredients he listed, but found that I needed a bit of marinara sauce to make the Hot Pocket reduction work. If you like the processed foods that go into this dish, you will probably love this. It tastes essentially like a large, crunchy Hot Pocket. Mr. Geek’s reaction was “This is…” and then he proceeded to eat his serving, mine, and then go back for more. He still can’t seem to describe it to me. I’d love to know what you think of the recipe if you try it!

Troy’s Bagel Bites Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 18 Bagel Bites (2 boxes of 9 each, I used pepperoni)
  • 9 Hot Pockets (I used pepperoni)
  • 1  1/2 cups of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 bag of Doritos

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

Line Bagel Bites on the bottom of the casserole dish, fully covering it.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

While the Bagel Bites are baking, start heating the Hot Pockets in the microwave. Don’t heat them for the full time or use the crisping sleeve–you just want them to be warm enough to separate the filling. I put three Hot Pockets on a plate at a time and microwaved them for 3 minutes.

Carefully separate the Hot Pockets and place the filling in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce. Simmer until cheese is melted. (Hint: Hot Pockets cheese is not… natural. It takes forever to melt.)

Once Bagel Bites are out of the oven, spoon the Hot Pockets sauce mixture over the Bagel Bites, spreading evenly.

Top the casserole with the seasoned tops of the Hot Pockets. Feel free to break some pieces to evenly cover the entire casserole.

Bake for 5 minutes.

While baking, pulse your Doritos in a food processor, blender, or your bare hands if you’re awesome.

Top the casserole with Doritos crumbs  until fully covered, spray with cooking oil.

Bake for an additional 2 minutes until Doritos on top are hot.

Serve. Apologize profusely for making your friends eat this.