I am not of the mind-set that food has to be complicated in order to be good. Quite the opposite, actually. More often than not, I’ll find that some of my very favorite meals turn out to be something so simple and easy to put together.
Also, you don’t need fancy cooking skills to make something restaurant quality. I mean, how many trendy coffee shops charge $4+ for fancy toast? But then you get the toast and it’s AMAZING. And you contemplate spending another $4+ to get more.
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This post is about toast. Because everyone should know, if they don’t already, that they can make the best toast ever! This one is very much inspired by my mom. My dad has a massive garden; he’s a real pro gardener. And every summer his garden produces about one million tomatoes.
Okay, not a million. But a lot.
And you can find my mom putting together a tomato sandwich for lunch for quite some time after that. It’s simple, but so amazing, because the tomatoes have so much flavor.
Currently we have quite a few amazing tomatoes around the ABM office from our CSA box. Perfect opportunity to throw together an easy but impressive savory breakfast.
You don’t need skills to make fancy cream cheese. Just chop up 5-6 leaves of fresh basil and mince 1 or 2 cloves of garlic.
Stir those ingredients in with 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and you’re in business. You can store any unused cream cheese in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to a week.
This is great on bagels or to spread on sandwiches too. The flavors become more pronounced over time, so go easy on the garlic unless you know you love it. 🙂
What kind of toast person are you? Do you own a toaster or toaster oven? Or are you an under-the-oven-broiler kind of toaster? Whatever your method, toast a few thick slices of your favorite bread (I used sourdough) and spread on the cream cheese.
Top with thick slices of tomatoes and a little salt and pepper. I ate a version of this for lunch the other day as well. It’s good any time of day really. So if tomatoes are in season where you live, buy some and make some tomato toast this week. xo. Emma
I had to come back to this post and comment on how delicious that cream cheese is!
I recently tried it on my vegetarian tomato chicken sandwiches, and it was so great!
The recipe I used this cream cheese on is on my blog http://www.myownhomeblog.com/vegetarian-grilled-cheesy-chicken-tomato-sandwich/
This looks sooo damn gorgeous! I would totally make two huge slices of this and eat them with a large mug of ice lemon tea!
This sounds so good! I love simple food ideas like this. Have you read The Forest Feast? It’s a recipe book that is pretty much amazing, because most of the recipes are around 2-3 ingredients.
Also, I have that mini latte bowl from Anthropologie. Love them (I got The Forest Feast from there too)!
So delicious and simple! The best thing is, it is so easy to pop these ingrediants in your bag and whip up at work for lunch mmmmm mmmm
Basil cream = dream
Defo giving this a whirl
It’s so funny…I used to have a food blog (no more) and sometimes I miss putting my tastebuds in writing. Yesterday I had a day off and made myself this insane(ly simple) tomatoe sandwich and wished I could write it on my blog…. Here it goes: toasted english muffin half (in a toaster), too much mayo, a one-inch-thick tomatoe slice from my garden, salt and pepper….. It was brilliant, wonderful yet so simple.
Funny how life is sometimes…now I get to share it on YOUR blog!
Hurray for tomatoasts!!!!
I wish I could crawl into your photo and eat that! I received a few tomatoes from my Dad and they are already gone. Maybe its worth hitting the farmer’s market just to try this. All my tomatoes are cherry tomatoes… maybe I could make it work with them.
I have loved tomato since I can remember, my grandfather grows the biggest, most flavoursome tomatoes and there is nothing more nostalgic than the perfect tomato on toast. This post brings back so many wonderful memories and I can’t wait to try this version of my childhood favourite out. Ta love, happy toasting!
Emma, you look like you have a bite of it in your mouth while taking the picture. <3 The little smile, the closed mouth and the .. I don´t know.. kind of a “teehee, I just bit in it” look. I love it! 🙂 🙂 (Honestly, I love it! It´s really cute!)
In Italy, tomato bruschetta a summer hit!
In Italy tomato bruschetta is a summer must!
Well, in Italy tomato bruschetta is a summer must! Delicious!
My mom actually makes this for our family during summer with tomatoes from our garden! It’s cool to see your take on it!
Wow that looks amazing!! I would love to add a little bit of smoked salmon to that cream cheese mix!
Oooh this looks good! SO going to make this from our garden tomatoes!
simple and delicious! would love to make this for a simple dinner..
So awesome. It must be so gratifying to see something you create come to life and look beautiful. www.beautyjunkkie,com
anywhere basil is involved, i want to be involved. yum!
Looks delish! Can’t wait to try it myself!
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I am allll about the simple things and this nails it! I am so making this, tomato on toast is one of my favourite breakfasts!