Toast: Sweet & Savory Recipes

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Toast always seems so humble. It’s never the star of restaurant menus and is usually just the wing-man for eggs and omlettes or occasionally found as a bruschetta appetizer. But I adore it. I find it to be the perfect vehicle for all kinds of delicious ingredients. No utensils needed! Over the weekend, I decided to do a Toast Bar, complete with lots of sweet & savory options. Here’s a few of our favorites along with very simple recipes and some easy tips…..

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Toasted ciabatta, ricotta cheese, sauteed cremini mushrooms, fire-roasted red peppers, micro greens and salt & pepper.

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My standard go-to breakfast of toasted sprouted grain bread, and Haas avocado, finished with a sprinkle of Maldon Flaked Sea Salt.

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Grilled ciabatta, ricotta cheese, fresh blueberries, organic honey and mint.

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Toasted sprouted grain bread, ricotta cheese, pearl tomatos, basil and salt & pepper.

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Toasted ciabatta, grilled apricots, whipped cream cheese, organic honey and a light dusting of cinnamon. (Wish I remembered the roasted pistachios!)

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Toasted sprouted grain bread, honey apple butter and sauteed cinnamon apples.

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Nearly all of my ingredients were purchased at Trader Joes but they are readily available in any grocery store. Here’s a few tips for making your own Toast Bar.

*Prep your ingredients beforehand and have them in bowls for easy access.
*Really good bread and fresh ingredients are key to great flavors.
*Pre-toast or grill your breads and keep warm on a rack in the oven. This will also help them to dry out a bit and stay crunchy.
*Have several sautee pans at the ready for sweet and savory items.
*Keep in mind it’s best to have a “base” for the ingredients to adhere to. Some examples include cream cheese, ricotta cheese, marscapone, goat cheese, fruit jams or butters, chutneys and almond or peanut butter spreads.
*Remember to include options for your vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free guests. This is fairly easy with the wide variety of choices found in todays supermarkets.
*And don’t forget lots of napkins…there will be messy fingers with no utensils. 🙂

Bon Appetit!

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