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Instant Pot Breakfast Shakshuka with Feta and Dill

Instant Pot Breakfast Shakshuka with Feta and Dill

Instant Pot Breakfast Shakshuka with Feta and Dill

 

1 T. unsalted butter, room temperature, or olive oil

3 cups Quick Pomodoro Sauce or prepared marinara sauce

Pinch of red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. ground cumin

8 large eggs

4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

 

Perfect Toast

1 small shallot, thinly sliced

Caper berries

¼ cup (packed) torn fresh dill

Extra-virgin olive oil

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Brush the bottom of the inner pot of the pressure cooker with the butter. Add the sauce, red pepper flakes, and cumin and stir to combine. Crack 8 eggs (1 or 2 per person) into the sauce. Lock on the lid and Pressure Cook on low pressure for 1 minute. Immediately release the pressure manually (to prevent the eggs from overcooking) and open the lid. Check the yolks; if you like a firmer yolk, turn off the heat, re-cover with the lid (but don’t lock it), and let the eggs sit for 1 to 2 minutes more, until set. Open the lid and sprinkle the feta over the top of the eggs to warm it. Spoon the sauce, eggs, and feta into shallow bowls or over the toast and sprinkle with shallot, caper berries and dill.  Drizzle with Olive oil if desired and finish with a sprinkle of flaky salt and pepper.

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs

 

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, smashed or thinly sliced

½ tsp. cumin seeds (optional)

3 cups cooked pinto beans or white beans; or canned beans, rinsed and drained

1¼ to 1½ cups chicken or vegetable broth

½ tsp. fine sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 large eggs

 

Extra-virgin olive oil Chopped fresh mint

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Freshly ground black pepper

Garlicky Pistou, optional

Perfect Toast , optional

 

Place the olive oil, garlic, and cumin seeds in the inner pot of a pressure cooker and set to the Saute function. Cook about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the beans, broth, salt, and some pepper and continue on the Saute setting to soften the beans until the mixture is saucy, stirring the beans occasionally to release their starches and thicken the sauce, about 4 minutes. Crack the eggs into the beans and cook on the Saute setting until the whites are just starting to set, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover the pot (don’t lock), turn off the heat, and let the eggs continue to cook until the whites are fully set and the yolks are soft and creamy, 3 to 4 minutes more, depending on how firm you like your yolks.  Open the lid and spoon the beans and eggs into shallow bowls or serve over toast, drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with the mint, salt and pepper.  Serve with a dollop of pistou, if desired.

 

 

Garlicky Pistou

 

The foundation of a perfect pistou is fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, and grating cheese (often parmesan), the last added for body and a perfect salty-umami finish. Use whatever fine grating cheese you have on hand: parmesan, pecorino, or aged Manchego all work, as does a nutty, semi-firm cheese like Gruyère. You can make the pistou loose and shaggy, like a gremolata, but for most soups I love it blended to a creamy green paste in a food processor. Try also stirring the pistou into creamy soups,

 

1 large bunch basil (about 2 packed cups)

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (2 ounces)

3 garlic cloves

4 T. extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp. fine sea salt

1 to 3 tsp. hot water

 

Combine the basil, cheese, garlic, olive oil, and salt in a small food processor or a blender and pulse to roughly chop. Add the hot water, 1 tsp. at a time, to get the blade moving, and blend to make a smooth paste. You want it a touch runnier than a pesto but thick enough to easily dollop with a spoon. Refrigerate the pistou for up to 5 days in an airtight container, covered with a thin layer of olive oil to maintain the green color.

 

 

 

Perfect Toast

 

There’s something otherworldly about a slice of sourdough bread that’s been skillet-toasted in butter and olive oil (yes, both—the butter sizzles and seeps into the bread, while the oil, which can handle higher heat, helps the edges brown). HERE’S HOW For every 2 to 3 pieces of toast, heat 1 T. each butter and extra-virgin olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet set over medium-high heat (have extra butter and oil handy for toasting the other side—how much you need depends on the bread and how buttery you like your toast). Add thick slices of sourdough, whole wheat, or baguette, and cook until toasted and golden, and the bread is starting to soak up the fat, about 3 minutes.  Flip, adding another T. each butter and oil, and cook until edges are golden but interior is still soft, 2 minutes more.

Blood Orange Ricotta Toast

Blood Orange Ricotta Toast

Blood Orange Ricotta Toast

 

2 blood oranges

2/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 1-inch thick slices brioche bread

2 T. melted butter

Honey

Flaky sea salt

 

Cut off the top and bottom of each blood orange just until the pulp is exposed. Stand the blood orange up on one of the flat ends. Working from top to bottom, cut away the peel and pith, following the curve of the fruit. Cut the fruit into slices and set aside. In a small food processor, blitz together ricotta and vanilla until mostly smooth. You can also just mix them together in a bowl, but it won’t be as smooth. Warm a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the brioche with melted butter. Place brioche in the skillet, and cook until golden and charred in spots on each side (about 1 to 2 minutes per side). To assemble, top each slice of toast with an even layer of ricotta. Arrange blood orange slices on top of the ricotta, then finish with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of sea salt. Enjoy immediately!

Avocado Toast Fried Eggs with Smoked Paprika + Salsa

Avocado Toast Fried Eggs with Smoked Paprika + Salsa

Avocado Toast Fried Eggs with Smoked Paprika + Salsa

 

1 really good slice of bread

½ ripe avocado

Squeeze of fresh lime juice

2 sprinkles of salt

Dab of butter

2 eggs

Sprinkle of smoked paprika

Glug of salsa

 

Toast the bread to your liking. Scoop out the avocado half and mix it with the lime juice and a pinch of salt. Schmear it onto the toast. Heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the eggs as you like, sprinkling with smoked paprika and salt while cooking. Slide the eggs onto the toast. Top with the salsa and dig in.

Mushroom and Ricotta Bruschetta

Mushroom and Ricotta Bruschetta

Mushroom and Ricotta Bruschetta

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 egg

1 lemon, zested

½ tsp. salt

1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste

4 slices French bread, toasted

1 T. olive oil

1 T. butter

1 T. olive oil

16 large white mushrooms, sliced

¼ cup green onions, chopped

¼ cup Marsala wine

½ cup chicken broth

2 tsp. lemon juice

2 T. chopped Italian parsley

1 T. butter

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Mix ricotta, egg, lemon zest, 1/2 tsp. salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a bowl until smooth. Place toasted bread slices on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 T. olive oil and evenly divide ricotta mixture atop 4 bread slices. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is browned, about 12 minutes. Heat butter and 1 T. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir mushrooms in mixture until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add green onions; cook and stir until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir marsala wine into mixture and cook until reduced by half, about 1 minute.  Reduce heat to medium-low. Add chicken stock and lemon juice to skillet; cook until liquid has evaporated. Reduce heat to low. Stir in parsley and butter. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.  Spoon mushroom mixture equally atop 4 slices of ricotta-topped bread slices.

Mushroom, Grape & Blue Cheese Tartines

Mushroom, Grape & Blue Cheese Tartines

Mushroom, Grape & Blue Cheese Tartines

Don’t slice the endive in advance because the cut surfaces will oxidize and discolor. Wait until the tartines are under the broiler before slicing, and toss with the vinegar right away, as the acid slightly slows discoloration.

 

10- to 12-ounce baguette, halved crosswise and split in half lengthwise

4 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 medium garlic clove, peeled and halved

10 ounces cremini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced

1 cup small seedless red grapes

1 T. plus 2 tsp. white balsamic vinegar, divided

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

2 ounces cream blue cheese, crumbled (½ cup)

1 medium head endive

 

Heat the broiler with a rack about 6 inches from the element. Pull out some of the interior crumb from each piece of baguette, slightly hollowing out the centers and creating boat shapes. Place the bread cut side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush with 3 T. of the oil, then rub with the cut sides of the garlic clove; discard the garlic. In a medium bowl, toss together the mushrooms, grapes, the 1 T. vinegar, the remaining 1 T. oil and ½ tsp. each salt and pepper. Divide the mixture evenly among the baguettes; reserve the bowl. Broil until the edges of the bread are toasted, the grapes begin to burst and the mushrooms begin to brown, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, trim the endive and thinly slice it on the diagonal. In the reserved bowl, toss the endive with the remaining 2 tsp. vinegar; set aside. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and sprinkle the tartines with the cheese, dividing it evenly. Continue to broil until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Remove from the oven, then top with the endive.

Radish Butter

Radish Butter

Radish Butter

2 bunches large red radishes (around 20) grated on the large holes of a box grater

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons finely diced red onion

1 large clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

 

After grating the radish, pat with paper toweling to dry it a bit. In a large sauté pan, cook the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes to soften. Add the radish and sauté over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the mixture softens and becomes a bit gooey. This will probably take 20 to 30 minutes.

Generously season with salt and add a little pepper. (I used 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper) Use your judgement Cool and refrigerate for about an hour before serving on crackers, little toasts or cucumbers.

Buttery Garlic Mushroom Toast with Herbed Ricotta Spread

Buttery Garlic Mushroom Toast with Herbed Ricotta Spread

Buttery Garlic Mushroom Toast with Herbed Ricotta Spread

 

3 T. unsalted butter

2 (8 ounce) packages sliced crimini mushrooms

¼ C. white wine

4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press, plus 1 whole clove, peeled, divided use

2 tsp. thyme leaves

Salt

Black pepper

6 slices of your favorite rustic-style bread

Herbed Ricotta Spread (recipe below)

Thyme leaves, for garnish

 

Place a cast iron or other heavy bottom skillet or pan over medium-high heat; add in the butter, and once it has melted, add in the mushrooms and sauté for about 7-8 minutes, until they become a deep golden-brown, and begin to caramelize. (They will, at first, release a good bit of liquid; but then it evaporates, and the mushrooms become almost sticky, and caramelize.)  Add in the wine, and once it has reduced (after about 30 seconds), add in the 4 cloves of pressed garlic and the thyme, and stir those in to incorporate; once the garlic becomes aromatic, add in a couple of pinches of salt and pepper; set aside and keep warm. Toast your slices of bread, and then rub the remaining whole clove of garlic over each slice. Spread the Herbed Ricotta Spread generously over each slice of the garlicky toast, then spoon generous amounts of the sauteed mushrooms onto each piece; garnish with a little addition thyme, and enjoy.

 

Herbed Ricotta Spread Ingredients:

 

½ C. whole milk ricotta cheese

½ C. whipped cream cheese

¼ C. grated parmesan cheese

1 T. minced chives

1 T. chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 tsp. thyme leaves, minced

Pinch salt

Pinch black pepper

 

Add all of the ingredients into a medium-size bowl, and using a spatula, blend everything together until smooth and completely combined; use immediately, or keep in a covered container in fridge until ready to serve.

Roasted Grape + Ricotta + Thyme Toast

Roasted Grape + Ricotta + Thyme Toast

Roasted Grape + Ricotta + Thyme Toast

4 slices good bread

1 C. red grapes

4-5 sprigs fresh thyme

1/4 C. ricotta

Honey, optional

Olive oil to drizzle

 

Preheat your oven to 400 ÌŠF. Cut your grapes in half and set aside. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and arrange your bread on top. Spread each slice with 1 tsp. ricotta. Evenly distribute the sliced grapes across the toasts, then drizzle each with a bit of olive oil. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the grapes begin to blister and the edges of your toasts are golden. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle with your sprigs of fresh thyme, and if you’d like some extra sweetness, drizzle with honey. TIP: I like to buy large batches of grapes and freeze them if I can’t eat them all before they go bad. Frozen grapes work perfectly fine on this toast – just add a few minutes to the cooking time!

Clams on Toast in Herbed White Wine

Clams on Toast in Herbed White Wine

Clams on Toast in Herbed White Wine

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

4 slices thick-cut sourdough bread

4 garlic cloves, 2 halved, 2 smashed

3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn

2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

1 C. dry white wine, such as pinot grigio or Sauvignon Blanc

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 pounds Manila clams (see Note)

Crushed red pepper flakes, for serving

Fresh basil leaves, for serving

 

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the bread and cook until golden and toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove the bread from the skillet and rub each piece with the cut side of one of the halved garlic cloves. Using the same skillet, cook the prosciutto over medium heat, without moving it, until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the prosciutto and set aside. Add the smashed garlic, thyme, and oregano and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in the wine, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer over high heat. Add the clams and cook until the clams open and the sauce reduces by one-third, 8 to 10 minutes. Discard any clams that do not open after 10 minutes. To serve, divide the toast between two plates and spoon the clams and wine sauce over the top. Crumble the prosciutto over the clams. Top with red pepper flakes and fresh basil. Store any leftover sauce refrigerated in an airtight container for 1 to 2 days. Note: Try to find Manila clams, which are smaller and better suited for this recipe. If you’re using littleneck clams, you might need to cook them about 5 minutes longer than indicated to get them to open up.

Moroccan Tomato Toast

Moroccan Tomato Toast

Moroccan Tomato Toast

1 cup (140 g) finely chopped red onion

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 tsp fresh coriander seeds

4 slices thick-cut sourdough bread

Butter, for the bread

2 cups (280 g) chopped in-season tomatoes

3 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Fresh flowering or young herbs, such as cilantro, chopped

Light honey, such as wildflower, for drizzling

 

Soak the onion in a bowl of ice water to take out the bite, 5 to 10 minutes.  Toast the cumin and coriander in a dry skillet over high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Smash slightly on a cutting board with the bottom of your (cooled) skillet, or with the back of your knife.  Toast the bread. Spread the toast with a thin schmear of butter or drizzle of oil. Drain the onion well. Toss the cumin and coriander, onion, tomatoes, oil, and salt together in a bowl.  Stir in herbs.  Spoon over toast and drizzle very lightly with a bit of honey.

Tartiflette Toastie

Tartiflette Toastie

Tartiflette Toastie

 

Lunch doesn’t get more comforting – or indulgent, frankly – than this sumptuous version of cheese on toast, which is also a great way to use up leftovers. It’s not something you can take to the office, granted, but it is just the sort of thing I like to rustle up for lunch when I’m at home. It’s inspired by the Savoyarde dish tartiflette, a rich baked combination of potatoes, cheese, and bacon. Tartiflette is usually made with Reblochon, but any semisoft washed-rind cheese, such as Brie (not too ripe), works well, or try a semihard cheese, such as Cheddar.

1 T. canola or olive oil

2 bacon slices, or a slice of cold ham, cut into small strips

1 cold cooked potato (baked, boiled, or even roasted), thickly sliced

1 to 2 T. heavy cream or creme fraiche

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large, thick slice bread

3 to 4 thick slices (about 1 ounce) semisoft or semihard cheese (good melting cheese)

A few crisp, bitter salad greens, such as chicory, radicchio, or frisee, to serve

 

Heat the oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. If you are using bacon, add it to the pan and fry for a few minutes, until cooked. Add the potato and fry until it is heated through and starting to color a little. If you’re using ham, add it now and stir until well heated through. Stir in the cream or creme fraiche and allow it to bubble and reduce for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste. Toast the bread, pile the mixture on top, then cover with the sliced cheese and put under a hot broiler. As soon as the cheese is melted and bubbling, whip out from under the broiler and transfer to a plate. Serve at once, with a few crisp, bitter salad greens on the side.

Lemony Zucchini on Toast

Lemony Zucchini on Toast

Lemony Zucchini on Toast

 

3 to 4 zucchini, about 1 pound in total

2 tablespoons canola or olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 small garlic clove, crushed

1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Grated zest of ¥2 lemon and i¥2 tablespoons juice

2 thick slices of bread

10 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips

Extra-virgin olive or more canola oil, to finish

 

Slice the zucchini into thin disks. Heat the oil in a large flying pan, add the zucchini with a large pinch of salt, and sauté over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until their moisture evaporates and they are just beginning to brown a little. Stir in the garlic and thyme and cook for another minute or so, until the zucchini are a little softer and a little more colored. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. Season with a few grinds of pepper and some more salt. Toast the bread. Remove the zucchini from the heat and add the basil. Tip the zucchini mixture with all its juices over the toast, drizzle on a little olive or canola oil, and dive in.

Prosciutto & Poached Egg Tartine

Prosciutto & Poached Egg Tartine

Prosciutto & Poached Egg Tartine

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 eggs

2 T. purchased or homemade pesto

2 slices country-style bread, lightly toasted

1/2 cup (1/2 oz./15 g) arugula

2 oz. (60 g) thinly sliced prosciutto

 

Pour water into a large sauté pan to a depth of 3 inches (7.5 cm), add a pinch of salt and bring to a simmer over medium heat. One at a time, break an egg into a small ramekin and carefully slip the egg into the water, then adjust the heat so the water barely simmers. Poach until the eggs are cooked to your desired doneness, about 3 minutes for runny yolks or up to 5 minutes for firmer yolks. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a paper towel–lined plate. Spread the pesto evenly over the toasts. Layer the arugula and prosciutto on the pesto and top each sandwich with a poached egg. Season the eggs with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Serves 2.

Mixed Wild Mushroom Sauté on Toast Points

Mixed Wild Mushroom Sauté on Toast Points

Mixed Wild Mushroom Sauté on Toast Points

 

2 T. olive oil

2 T. butter, cut into pieces

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 shallots, thinly sliced

1 1/2 lb. assorted mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 T. fresh thyme

Salt and pepper

3 T. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. dry white wine

1 C. vegetable broth

1/2 C. half-and-half

8 slices bread, toasted

2 C. gruyere cheese, shredded

 

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and butter. Once butter melts, add the garlic and shallots, cook for 30 seconds and add mushrooms and combine. Sprinkle thyme over mushrooms, stirring frequently until they brown; add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms and cook for 1-2 more minutes, stirring to evenly distribute. Whisk the wine into the pan and cook it off for a minute, then whisk in the stock. Thicken the stock for a minute, then add the half-and-half and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Cut the toasted bread in triangle halves. Arrange 4 toast triangles on a dinner plate. Pour 1/4 of the mushrooms across each portion and top with Gruyere.

Eggs with Peppers and Tomato Cream Toast

Eggs with Peppers and Tomato Cream Toast

Eggs with Peppers and Tomato Cream Toast

 

8 slices Italian bread

1/3 cup olive oil, about

1 medium onion, finely diced

1 medium each, finely diced: red and yellow bell pepper

1 small clove garlic, minced

2 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Salt, freshly ground pepper to taste

2 T. minced fresh basil

1 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce

1/2 cup whipping cream

8 poached eggs

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Heat 1 T. of the oil in a medium skillet, preferably non-stick. Add onion; cook over medium heat until it begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add bell peppers and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add vinegar, salt and pepper. Reduce to low heat and cook until vegetables are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add basil. Can be cooked a day ahead; heat gently on the stove or in the microwave oven before using.. Meanwhile, brush the bread with remaining olive oil. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes; set aside. Combine marinara sauce and cream in a small saucepan or in a microwave-safe dish; cook until heated through. To serve, divide vegetable mixture over toasted bread slices. Top each with an egg and marinara sauce. Sprinkle cheese over and serve at once.

Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese

Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese

Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese

 

1 1/2 C. blackberries

1/2 C. blueberries

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 T. sugar

3 T.s water

1 – 2 tsp. cornstarch, sifted (for thickness to your taste)

8 oz challah bread, sliced (or your bread of choice!)

4 oz goat cheese

fresh mint to garnish

 

In a medium-sized saucepan combine the blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, sugar, and water (covered) over a medium low flame. Once simmering and the fruit begins to burst (about 5 minutes) gently mash with a fork or potato masher, then whisk in the cornstarch until well incorporated. Cover once more and simmer over a low flame until needed. Meanwhile, toast the challah bread as desired — I recommend extra crispy. When ready, smear each slice of challah bread with a thick layer of goat cheese, then spoon over with the smashed blackberries. Garnish with mint, then eat!

Garlicky Tomato Toast

Garlicky Tomato Toast

Garlicky Tomato Toast

3 or 4 very ripe medium tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lb.)

1 pint cherry tomatoes (about 12 ounces)

4 to 6 large slices sturdy sourdough bread, about 1/2-inch thick

4 to 6 garlic cloves, peeled

Salt and pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil

Basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

 

Cut 2 tomatoes in half crosswise. Place a box grater in a shallow bowl and grate the tomato flesh from the cut sides, pushing through the large holes. You should have 1 cup or so of coarse tomato purée. Set purée aside, and discard tomato skins. Cut remaining large tomatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Set aside. Toast the bread until nicely browned and crisp. (Toasting over a charcoal grill yields a rich, smoky flavor, but a toaster, toaster oven or broiler works just as well.) With your fingers, rub the top of each toast with a garlic clove. You will see the cloves get smaller as the garlic is dispersed, pushed into the bread. (For a less garlicky toast, press lightly when rubbing.) Place toasts on a platter or individual plates. Spoon and spread a heaping T. of tomato purée over each toast. Then arrange tomato slices and cherry tomatoes randomly on top. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and a T. of extra-virgin olive oil per toast. Garnish with whole or torn basil leaves, if using.

 

Poached Eggs on Tomato and Mushroom Toasts

Poached Eggs on Tomato and Mushroom Toasts

Poached Eggs on Tomato and Mushroom Toasts

Olive oil

2 large flat mushrooms, thinly sliced

Pinch of salt & black pepper

1 tsp. white wine vinegar

4 eggs

4 thick slices of good bread, toasted on one side

4-6 cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced

4 slices cheese

Heat a little of the olive oil and sauté the mushrooms for a minute or two and season. Set aside. Bring a shallow pan of water to simmer, add the vinegar and salt. Break one egg onto a saucer, stir the water to create a whirlpool, tip in the egg and leave to cook for 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, lift on to a plate. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Keep the water hot.  Heat the grill to high, arrange the mushrooms on the untoasted side of the bread, cover with the tomatoes and then the cheese, grill for 5-6 mins until the cheese has just melted. Place the toast on warmed plates. Slide all the eggs back into the hot water and leave for 30 seconds, lift out and drain on kitchen paper, then put one on top of toast. Season and serve.

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 292

Fat: 16g

Fiber:

Scrambled Egg & Avocado Toast

Scrambled Egg & Avocado Toast

Scrambled Egg & Avocado Toast

1 teaspoon butter

1 egg, beaten

1/4 avocado

1 slice sprouted wheat bread, toasted

jalapeno hot sauce, such as Tabasco

In small nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add egg; season and scramble. In small bowl, mash avocado; season and spread on toast. Top with egg; sprinkle with pepper and hot sauce. Makes 1.

Fancy Toast

Fancy Toast

Mushroom Toast

½ Sandwich Thin, toasted (Ozery Bakery One Bun Multigrain Thin Sandwich Buns)

1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

1 (4 oz) package sliced baby bella mushrooms sliced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 clove garlic minced

1/2 – 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar

Fried egg

Crumbled Cheese (queso fresco, cojita, feta, etc), for garnish, optional

Chopped herb(s), for garnish, optional

Melt coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add in mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add in garlic and vinegar and cook until mushrooms are tender, about 1-3 additional minutes. Pour over toasted bun and top with a fried egg.

Energy-Boosting Breakfast Toast

1 slice whole grain, oat bran, or other hearty bread

Spread of your choice peanut butter, any nut or seed butter, cottage cheese, cream cheese, all-natural jam, smashed avocado, hummus, mascarpone, honey goat cheese

Sliced or diced fruits apple, pear, grapes, banana, peach, apricot, figs, fresh or frozen and defrosted berries, or other favorite fruits

Vegetables/leafy greens cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, arugula, baby spinach, or other favorites

Favorite toppings chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax or sunflower seeds, pepitas, nuts, coconut, dried fruits, granola, cacao nibs, fig jam, onion jam

Protein Choices:  Scrambled, Fried, Poached or sliced Hard-Boiled Egg, Bacon, Prosciutto, Ham, Cheeses

Seasoning salt, pepper, chiles, herbs, spices, salsa, honey, lemon or lime juice, everything bagel seasoning, grated cheese, hot sauce

Toast bread until lightly brown. Add spread of your choice. Top with a fruit or vegetable, or both, as desired. Scatter on any toppings you like. Finish with appropriate seasonings.  Alternate toasting method:  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and place a baking sheet in the oven. While you are waiting for the oven to heat, butter one side of your bread with softened butter. When the oven and the baking sheet are heated to temperature, quickly remove the baking sheet from the oven. Quickly place the bread, butter side down, onto the baking sheet and return the sheet to the oven. Bake until the bottom side of the bread is toasted 5-10 minutes (the top won’t toast, so peek under the corner of your toasts to check the bottom regularly). This toast is delicious because it gets crispy on one side without drying out like it does in the toaster.

Hard-Boiled Egg & Herb Toast

 

So fast and easy if you have hard boiled eggs on hand!

1 Egg, hard boiled

1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted

1 tsp. diced herb (try parsley, tarragon, thyme, whatever you have)

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Salt & Pepper

 

Thinly slice egg, then layer slices over toast. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with tarragon.

Pear Chutney Cheese Toast

 

Chutney:

2 pears (see note)

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ cup diced red onions

2 teaspoons minced ginger

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

4 pitted and chopped Medjool dates

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon powder

zest from 1 lemon

¼ cup water

â…› teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)

1 tablespoon butter, softened

2 slices Dave’s Good Seed Bread

3 ounces sliced sharp white cheddar cheese

1/2 cup arugula microgreens

2 teaspoons olive oil

squeeze lemon juice

To make chutney, start by peeling , coring , and chopping the pears into cubes. Heat a pot over medium-low heat and add the diced onions, cooking until fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the ginger and follow with apple cider vinegar. Stir up any stuck onion pieces. Add in the pears, dates, salt, cinnamon powder, zest, water, and chili flakes if using. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the pears softened, and the mixture thickens up, 15 minutes or so. If the chutney is too thick, add a splash or two of water as it cooks. Preheat broiler. Butter each slice of bread and place on a sheet tray. Bake the bread under the broiler, flipping once, until just starting to crisp. Keep an eye on the toast- this will happen quickly. Remove bread from oven and smear on 2-3 tablespoon of chutney and follow with the slices of cheese. Place back under the broiler and cook until cheese is melting and bubbly, 60-90 seconds (again, goes fast- keep an eye on it!) Toss the microgreens with the olive oil and lemon juice, then top toast before serving.

Note: When making chutney I prefer the Bartlett varieties or any other variety that holds shape when cooked.

 

Mango, Lime & Mozzarella Toast

 

Good Bread

Fresh Mozzarella

Sliced Mango

Zest from ½ Lime

Flaky Sea Salt

 

Layer cheese on toast.  If desired, place under broiler or in toaster oven to heat mozzarella a bit.  Layer with mango then sprinkle on zest and salt.

 

Goat Cheese & Bacon Avocado Toast

 

Ripe Avocado

Crumbled Goat Cheese

Thin lardons Bacon, cooked crisp

Bread of Choice

 

Mash avocado on toast.  Top with some cheese and bacon.

Heirloom Tomato Toast with Fresh Ricotta

Heirloom Tomato Toast with Fresh Ricotta

Heirloom Tomato Toast with Fresh Ricotta

2 heirloom tomatoes
4 pieces of high-quality, fresh multi-grain bread
¼ cup fresh ricotta cheese
16 basil leaves
olive oil
salt
pepper

Thinly slice the tomatoes. Place the sliced tomatoes in a colander and let them drain for 15 minutes. Remove them from the colander and lightly sprinkle with salt. Toast the bread, then spread a layer of fresh ricotta cheese on top. Add the basil leaves. Layer the sliced tomato on the ricotta toast. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with pepper. Add salt to taste. Garnish with any additional basil leaves. Variation: Flavor the ricotta with chopped scallions, chives or other herbs

Ricotta Toast with Zucchini Squash

Ricotta Toast with Zucchini Squash

Ricotta Toast with Zucchini Squash

2 small zucchini thinly sliced

1 hefty tablespoon olive oil

salt + fresh pepper

3/4 C. ricotta

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

4 medium slices bread

Sprouts or Microgreens for Garnish

 

Preheat oven (or toaster oven) to 400°. Lay zucchini slices on sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Top with salt and fresh pepper. Roast 10 minutes until softened. Meanwhile, combine ricotta, lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and dried thyme in bowl. Toast bread. Let cool (if desired) on wire rack. Divide ricotta mix and zucchini slices between toasts. Top with freshly cracked pepper.

ULTIMATE BACON, EGG, AND AVOCADO TOAST WITH TURMERIC DRIZZLE

ULTIMATE BACON, EGG, AND AVOCADO TOAST WITH TURMERIC DRIZZLE

ULTIMATE BACON, EGG, AND AVOCADO TOAST WITH TURMERIC DRIZZLE

 

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil

1/4 cup (60 ml) honey

1 tsp ground turmeric

Splash of cider vinegar

 

8 slices thick-cut bacon (preferably nitrate-free)

4 eggs

4 slices thick-cut sourdough bread

Butter or olive oil, for the bread

Crème fraîche (optional)

2 firm ripe avocados, sliced

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Freshly ground black pepper

Tender greens or shoots, for garnish

 

Stir together the lemon juice, oil, honey, turmeric, and vinegar, and set aside while you prepare the bacon and eggs.

 

Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy and brown. Drain on a paper towel and pour off a little fat from the skillet. Fry the eggs in the skillet until crispy and golden around the edges and the yolk is barely set, 4 to 5 minutes for runny (for slightly firmer yolk, cover the pan in the last minute). Meanwhile, toast the bread and brush evenly with butter. Spread the crème fraîche (if using) on the toast, then layer the bacon, avocado, egg, and greens on top. Spoon over the lemon-turmeric drizzle. Serve warm.

Roasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Bread

Roasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Bread

Roasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Bread

grapes

olive oil

kosher salt

fresh thyme sprigs

good rustic bread, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces

olive oil

fresh ricotta, preferably homemade

 

Preheat oven to 450ºF. Spread grapes onto a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Lay thyme leaves over top. Toss all together gently with your hands. Place pan in the oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until grapes just begin to burst. I prefer the shorter roasting time — it’s nice when some of the grapes remain intact. Meanwhile, heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Brush the bread with olive oil. Grill until nice and toasty. Assemble the open-faced sandwiches: Spread fresh ricotta over bread. Top with roasted grapes. Discard thyme sprigs. (While the thyme sprigs look pretty, it’s a little impractical to serve the sandwiches with the sprigs…they don’t taste so yummy.)

Smoked Salmon + Poached Eggs on Toast

Smoked Salmon + Poached Eggs on Toast

Smoked Salmon + Poached Eggs on Toast

2 slices of bread toasted

1/2 large avocado smashed

1/4 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Pinch of kosher salt and cracked black pepper

3.5 oz smoked salmon

2 eggs, poached *see notes

Splash of Kikkoman soy sauce optional

1 tsp. thinly sliced scallions

Microgreens optional

 

OR

 

2 slices of bread

1/2 large avocado

1/4 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Pinch of kosher salt and cracked black pepper

3.5 oz smoked salmon

2 eggs, poached

2 thin slices of tomato

1 tsp. Everything Bagel Seasoning

Microgreens

 

In a small bowl, smash the avocado. Add the lemon juice and a pinch of salt; mix well and set aside.

Poach your eggs (see notes) and, when they are sitting in the ice bath, toast your bread. Once your bread is toasted, spread the avocado on both slices and add the smoked salmon to each slice. Carefully transfer the poached eggs to their respective toasts. Hit with a splash of Kikkoman soy sauce and some cracked pepper; garnish with scallions and microgreens.  OR  Place slice of tomato on each toast, then hit the toasts with some everything bagel seasoning. Garnish with microgreens.

Wild Mushroom Toast with Brown Butter, Ricotta and Parsley 

Wild Mushroom Toast with Brown Butter, Ricotta and Parsley 

Wild Mushroom Toast with Brown Butter, Ricotta and Parsley

 

A simple mushroom toast with creamy ricotta, crispy caramelized wild mushrooms, brown butter and a splash of sherry vinegar. Top it with fresh parsley and parmesan for an easy appetizer.

4 1-inch thick slices crusty bread

6 T. olive oil, divided

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

1 lb. mixed wild mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, divided

2 T. butter, divided

4 tsp sherry vinegar, divided

1 C. ricotta

shaved parmesan, for topping

chopped fresh parsley, for topping

 

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Arrange bread on a parchment lined baking sheet, drizzle with oil and season with salt and black pepper. Toss to coat both sides. Bake until bread is golden on the edges but still springy in the center, about 8 minutes. Halve 1 garlic clove and rub the cut edges on the toasts. Set aside while you prepare the mushrooms. Heat a large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add 2 T. of olive oil and heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add half of the mushrooms and spread into an even layer. Cook without stirring, about 3 minutes, or until bottoms have browned and caramelized.  Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, toss in one garlic clove and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium, add 1 T. of butter and 1/2 tsp. of thyme. Cook and stir mushrooms until butter begins to brown and smell nutty, about 5 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a large bowl and discard garlic clove. Repeat process with remaining mushrooms, garlic, thyme and butter. To serve, divide ricotta across toasted bread slices and spoon mushrooms over top. Sprinkle a tsp. of sherry vinegar over each toast then top with shaved parmesan and parsley. Enjoy immediately.

Toast with Prosciutto Scrambled Eggs, Peppers & Pickled Onions

Toast with Prosciutto Scrambled Eggs, Peppers & Pickled Onions

Toast with Prosciutto Scrambled Eggs, Peppers & Pickled Onions

1 red onion

1/2 C. red wine vinegar

1/2 C. white sugar

Pinch of salt

 

Peel the onion. Cut in half and slice into very thin half-moon shapes. Bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil, add the salt and pour over the red onions; set aside for at least 2 hours.

 

3 T. olive oil

2 yellow onions, peeled, sliced thin

2 thyme sprigs

1/4 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

 

In a large sauté pan, add the olive oil, onions and thyme sprig, and cook over medium-high heat until just starting to color, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat and cook slowly until caramelized, stirring every few minutes to ensure even browning (add a small amount of water, if needed). Add the sugar and salt and continue until most of the moisture has cooked off and the onions are dark and flavorful.

 

3 T. finely minced Prosciutto

5 eggs

1 T. cream

1 T. butter

1/4 C. caramelized onions, chopped

1 tsp. oregano, minced

Seed bread, sliced thick, grilled as needed

Olive oil as needed

Piquillo peppers, sliced as needed

Micro basil as needed

Pickled Red Onions, as needed

 

In a sauté pan, cook prosciutto over medium heat until crunchy and browned, and set aside.  Combine the eggs and cream in a small bowl and whisk until frothy. When ready to serve, heat butter over medium-high in a small sauté pan. Add eggs and cook, folding eggs occasionally, until slightly cooked, about 2 minutes. Add the caramelized onions, prosciutto and oregano and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and keep warm.   Brush the bread with olive oil, then grill the bread on both sides, top with a little of the scrambled eggs, a few slices of the piquillo peppers, a few pickled red onions and micro basil.

 

Cheese on Toast

Cheese on Toast

Cheese on Toast

 

Toast bread. Spread thinly with butter. Add an obscenely thick layer of cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with black pepper and a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce. Grill until the cheese is bubbling and just starting to blister into delicious brown patches.

Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostini with Rosemary and Pinenuts

Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostini with Rosemary and Pinenuts

Roasted Grape Ricotta Crostini with Rosemary and Pinenuts

1 pound seedless grapes

3 tsp. olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

1/2 lemon

2 rosemary sprigs

Bread of choice (I used a sourdough boule, toasted and sliced)

1/2 C. fresh ricotta

1/4 C. pine nuts toasted

Good-quality honey

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a shallow 8 x 8 baking dish, mix together the grapes, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, juice from 1/2 lemon and rosemary. Transfer to the oven for 10-12 minutes and until the skins are slightly puckered. Remove and set aside. To assemble the crostinis, smear each toasted bread slice with about 2 to 3 tsp. of ricotta. Spoon warm grapes onto each piece of toast, sprinkle pine nuts atop and finish with a drizzle of honey.

 

Charred Tomatoes with Fried Eggs on Garlic Toast

Charred Tomatoes with Fried Eggs on Garlic Toast

Charred Tomatoes with Fried Eggs on Garlic Toast

4 slices rustic bread, toasted

1 clove garlic, peeled

1 T. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

4 large eggs

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

4 small tomatoes, such as cocktail or Campari, halved

 

Rub toasted bread with garlic and brush with oil. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat. Crack eggs into skillet and cook, undisturbed, until whites are set, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate. Increase heat to medium-high. Brush cut sides of tomatoes with oil. Sear, cut sides down and undisturbed, until charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer 2 tomato halves to each piece of toast with a spatula and lightly mash. Season with salt and pepper and top with fried eggs.