Saturday, March 5, 2011

Raising a Toast

Woke up today to a cold, foggy morning. Quite love it this way, nature's way of holding onto the last of winter. Saturday morning and no agenda for the next two days. Feels great.
Inspired by the success of the Medietteranean Chicken I cooked last night, I decided to head to the kitchen right away. Bread and eggs were on the menu. I needed to make breakfast 'blogworthy'. Had already written two egg based posts(scrambled eggs and egg sandwich). Decided to use the mushrooms that had been sliced for the scramble to a make a topping instead. Served it on toasts with poached eggs.
I even made one lot with a mushroom tomato topping by microwaving some chopped tomatoes along with the mushroom, sprinkling a little bit of sugar and adding. Mushrooms in cheese white sauce also go well as serving for toasts.
This is a dish that could be part of your regular rushed/harassed breakfast morning(yes, easy enough for that, you could make the topping, grate the cheese from the night before to make it quicker), it also qualifies for weekend breakfast menus which are leisured, luxury meals.
Mushroom on Toast(Serves 2)
Bread: 4 slices, toasted(I like my toasts hard and crunchy)
Butter: 1 tsp(optional)
Mushroom: 200 grams
Garlic: 2/3 cloves, chopped fine
Mushroom: 200 grams, sliced thin
Green chillies: 1, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Basil leaves: 7/8, finely chopped( I now grow some and so it is really handy to pluck and chop a few)
Grated cheese: Optional but if you are making this for a weekend extended breakfast I would strongly recommend you use some.
Olive oil: 1 tbsp
Put the oil in a microwave safe glass dish and heat for 2 minutes.
Tip in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the mushroom, chillies, salt and pepper and cook for 3/4 minutes. Stir once to ensure the cooking is even.
Add the basil leaves and mix well.
Butter the toasts, spread some of the mushroom mixture onto the toast, sprinkle some grated cheese. The Cheese will melt in the heat.
Serve immediately.
This also works well as a wafer topping or the bread slices can be cut into sticks and served as a snack.
Bon Apetit and Happy Cooking!

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