I really don’t think toast is given the credit it deserves. There are very few people who would include this humble breakfast item as one of their favorite foods, but let’s be honest – all of us crave for its crisp simplicity ever so often. The best thing about it, though, is its versatility. It can be paired with pretty much anything sweet, savory or spicy, serves as the perfect base for eggs and is pretty delicious even when heaped with something completely unconnected, like spaghetti.
Moreover, toast doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be spruced up with pretty much any ingredient you have lying around for a quirky appetizer or quick snack. Witness the following:
So the other day, I decided to experiment with four humble slices of toast and I couldn’t have been happier. I played around with a bunch of savory and spicy ingredients and finally, these turned out to be my four favorite combinations. I’ve listed them below, but without specific quantities because frankly, that’s really up to you. In fact, you needn’t stop with the stuff that I’ve played around with – feel fry to go wild and top your toast with whatever the hell you want.
Savory Toast Toppings
Pear Made In Heaven
An unorthodox, but determinedly delicious combination: crisp, juicy pear slices, coupled with soft, creamy chunks of brie, toasted pistachios and a smattering of pumpkin seed oil.
The Olive Bar
Not exactly an unheard of pairing, but delicious nonetheless: buttery hummus (homemade, to boot), smeared on crisp toast and then topped with chopped olives, jalapenos, red chilli flakes and dried figs for a subtle sweetness. The finishing touch? – a light drizzle of chilli garlic oil.
Tuck Into Tomato
Aren’t tomatoes and cheese the best? Toast layered with sliced tomatoes and pieces of smoked mozzarella goodness is actually a little better. A heap of capers and chopped parsley add a slight bite to this combination.
Egg N’ Mushroom
Toast is incomplete without egg. More specifically, a beautifully fried egg with a creamy yolk. And eggs, in turn, are incomplete without slices of mushroom that have been fried in nutty brown butter and sprinkled with minced garlic and a judicious teaspoon (or more?) of pepper.