Monday, October 10, 2011

Mushroom and Tomato Crustini

 So what can you do with 5 ingredients??? Make something AWESOME! This also takes only 10 minutes to make!

I also make this with different cheese, whatever I happen to have. Mozzarella, Provolone, Havarti, Munster, Monterrey Jack, Queso Quesadilla, really any cheese that oozes when melted works great!

2 pieces of good bread, toasted
1 garlic clove
Mozzarella cheese, sliced, enough to cover the bread
1 tomato, sliced
3-4 small mushrooms, sliced
(optional - basil, sliced)
salt, pepper


Rub garlic clove on bread
 Once you have your bread toasted, rub the warm bread on one side with the garlic clove. This will give just a bit of garlic flavor.

Into the toaster oven broiler
Then top the garlic side of the bread with the cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Then place the bread on a cookie sheet or foil.

Put the topped bread under the broiler for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and brown. I use my toaster over, but if you use your regular oven make sure TO WATCH CLOSELY.

DONE!!!! I have basil growing in my apartment so I top this with it, but it is just as good without it! Also try a drizzle of balsamic vinegar if you have it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

French Toast Stuffed with Cinnamon Cream Cheese

THINK CINNAMON BUN MEETS FRENCH TOAST! This is super easy to make for one and perfect for a late night sweet craving! The sprinkled cinnamon-sugar on the outside of the soaked bread caramelizes and gives this french toast extra crunchy goodness. 

1 egg
1/4 c. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2 slices of good bread
cream cheese
cinnamon-sugar (you can buy this already mixed in the spice aisle or mix 1/4c. sugar with 1 tbs. cinnamon)

Heat a pan on medium heat.

In a bowl or dish (that is large enough to soak the bread in) whisk together the egg, milk, and vanilla.

Spread cream cheese on both slices of bread and sprinkle the cream cheese with cinnamon-sugar (how ever little or much you like) and "sandwich" the 2 pieces together.

Soak the bread in the egg and milk mixture for 30-60 seconds per side.

Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on the outside of both sides of the soaked bread.

Spray the pan with non-stick spray and cook the soaked bread in the pan for 3-5 minutes or until brown. Flip and cook the other side for 3-5 minutes or until brown.

Top with butter and syrup!