Certain food needs to have that “crunch” for me to put it on a rotating daily/weekly menu.
I don’t know if you remember, I wrote about eating mushy food around Thanksgiving last year. Mashed potatoes, squash, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce…they’re all mushy. The same goes for many breakfast foods except toast.
It’s a texture thing.
Texture adds so much to the experience of eating. Crunchy food is so satisfying. Corn chips, carrots, and nuts add a lot to the pleasure of eating. While many flavorful foods are tasty, they are not crunchy. Soft cheese is amazingly flavorful but imagine putting it on Wonder bread instead of a crunchy piece of toast. Putting cheese on crunchy toast or cracker make it perfect. That’s why many quick snacks are crunchy. Think of Doritos, Cheetos, Cheez-its, and corn nuts. Try to imagine if Doritos were soft and squishy like a mini doughnut—okay, don’t do that.
Smear anything on toast and I’m bound to eat it.
Toast is all the rage—as it should be because it’s amazing. There are so many different combinations for toast, there is no limit to experimenting and coming up with your favorite combination.
My toast toppings go through a rotation that is seasonal. In the spring, I like sheep’s cheese with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup. In the summer, avocado, feta, and tomato are the perfect combination of flavors. In the fall, I love slightly sweetened goat cheese with fresh apple, honey, and cinnamon.
This recipe is very simple. Find the best quality ingredients and you’ll be eating toast every day too. This can be served for breakfast or as a light dessert after a heavy fall meal. I’ve added more ideas after the recipe for you to try (see the bottom of this column)*.
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Goat Cheese Toast
4 Tbsp goat cheese, any flavor
6 Tart apple slices
1 Tbsp honey
2 slices of day-old crusty bread, toasted
Tiny pinch of sea salt
Pinch of cinnamon
Spread the goat cheese over each piece of toast. Top with 3 apple slices on each toast. Drizzle honey over the top. Top with the dusting of the sea salt and cinnamon. Serve immediately.
*There are many different combinations of goat cheese and fruit. To make it savory, skip a flavored goat cheese and go for plain. Top with prosciutto, and pears. Drizzle with a balsamic vinegar reduction and fresh herbs like sage or basil.
*For more of a dessert, add honey to your flavored goat cheese. Top with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of lemon zest.
Lisa Erickson is a food columnist who loves adventure and food. You can find more recipes by emailing her at email@example.com.