Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Bagels with Lemon Chicken and Avocado Sauce
Bagels with Lemon Chicken and Avocado Sauce Meat
Serves 4.

Romaine Lettuce tends to be insect infested. Please see “Special Instructions” below on how to inspect Romaine Lettuce.


1 lb ground chicken
1 egg
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon each pepper, oregano and paprika
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 clove garlic, minced
4 bagels, halved
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tomatoes, sliced
Romaine lettuce
1/2 cup Pareve cream cheese
2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup Pareve sour cream
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Juice of 1/2 lemon


Combine the pareve cream cheese, avocado, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, Tabasco sauce, lemon juice and Tabasco sauce in a food processor and blend until smooth. Place the sauce in a bowl and refrigerate until cold. In another bowl combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, oregano, paprika, lemon zest and garlic. Mix well and shape into 4 patties about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Grill the patties over on the grill or in a grill pan for about 5 minutes per side until no longer pink inside. Arrange the tomato slices then sliced mushrooms over bottom half of each bagel. Place chicken patty on top of the mushrooms and cover it with the avocado sauce and lettuce and the top of the bagel.

Romain Lettuce Insect Inspection:
Lettuce (including Romaine, Chinese Lettuce-Napa, Open Leaf ,Bib, Bok Choy, Boston, Butter Lettuce, Chicory, Green Leaf, Red Leaf and Watercress all grow in a similar fashion.) Please note: Many of these varieties feature curly leaves with many folds in which the insects tend to hide. We therefore recommend that they be washed and checked with extreme caution. Occasionally, worms may be found in burrows within the body of the leaf. Look for a narrow(1/8_) translucent burrow speckled with black dots breaking up the deep green color of the leaf. These burrows will often trap the worm within the leaf. To rid the leaf of these worms, carefully slit the bumpy part within the burrow with a sharp knife and remove the worm.

1. Cut off the lettuce base and separate the leaves from one another.
2. Soak leaves in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
3. Agitate lettuce leaves in the soapy solution.
4. Spread each leaf, taking care to expose all its curls and crevices. Using a heavy stream of water or a power hose, remove all foreign matter and soap from both sides of each leaf. Alternatively, a vegetable brush may be used on both sides of the leaf.
5. Several leaves should be checked over a light box or under strong overhead lighting to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Pay careful attention to the folds and crevices in the leaf where insects have been known to hold tight through several washings.
6. If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf.
7. If the manner of washing described above is impractical, each leaf must be carefully inspected.
8. In a commercial setting, a vegetable spinner is recommended. (The advantages of spin-drying are: (1) the Rabbi will not risk an electrical shock when placing the leaves on the light box; and (2) the leaves will stay fresh and moist for a longer period of time.)
9. Three handfuls of leaves from different areas of the bin should be checked over a light box or under direct light. Our experience has shown that if the leaves are washed properly, no insects will be found.