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Dress up a slice of naked bread

I do enjoy cooking, but sometimes (e.g. lunch at work) I just want something that doesn't require much work and still tastes good. Here's my challenge: how to dress up a slice of naked bread (can be any type of bread) with no more than 5 readily available ingredients to make a good eat out of it. Please help!

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  1. First, have bread you really like. Then the sky's the limit.

    Try some fresh tomatoes and fresh mozz, along with some basil, or some prosciutto with some olive oil on the bread. Maybe slices of a boule.

    Or, try (your deli to buy or your cook book to make) a baba ghanoush spread. Hmmmm...roasted eggplants, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil...bingo....five ingredients. Pita bread for the base.

    If you love the pungent taste of good rye, try picking up some smoked salmon and pairing the two. Or some sardine salad ( drained sardines, chopped onions, sweet relish, a squirt of mustard and some mayo...5 ingredients, again)

    Or, just figure out what cheese you really love on a baguette, then pair those elements with a bit of fruit. Delicious and satisfying.

    1. Real butter, and Apricot jam,mmmmm!

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      1. re: jword2001

        Or real butter and orange blossom honey!

      2. I found the best thing this summer when I had the odds and ends of various meals hanging around: piece of crostini, aged cheddar, thinly sliced strawberries and some fresh oregano.

        But has anyone heard of Queen Anne's Lace Jelly (Queen Anne's Lace is a type of flower for those who didn't grow up in the part of Ohio where I'm from)? I haven't had it since I was really little, but I remember it being so good on homemade bread!

        1. Some of my more interesting toppings I like with a good hefty slice of white bread:

          Caramelized onions

          Grilled avocados

          Apple chutney

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Thin slices of aged gouda, (Old Amsterdam) and avacado...seriously addicitve.

            1. re: bubbles4me

              yeah i'm all about the cheese and avocado as well, although it's usually havarti w/ avocado, maybe a nice roma tomato if it's around, and some lettuce. i also like to put a bit of balsamic vinegarette on it as well, but really the cheese & avocado by itself is amazingly good, especially w/ a good multigrain bread like milton's...happy eating!

          2. Last night, I had a hunk of a baguette slathered with good goat cheese (from Bodega Goat Cheese - Bodega Bay, CA) and a few slices of an Early Girl tomato. It was heaven.

            1. Halved grape tomatoes, baked until soft with salt, pepper, good balsamic on toasted ciabatta slices with grated asiago.

              1. Last night we made sandwiches of leftovers.
                Sliced wholegrain bread
                Shredded grilled pork tenderloin
                Thin smear of apple butter
                Slice of swiss for me and havarti for my SO
                Very good and satisfying.

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                1. re: ArikaDawn

                  Mmmmm...sweet and meat, apple butter and pork tenderloin. Lovely. I'm hungry yet again!

                2. Bought a crusty rye loaf from the farmers' market - a slice topped with sharp goat cheese and buckwheat honey is absolute heaven.

                  1. Well....this will sound weird, but my dad always eats it with butter and a sprinkle of sugar on it. And it's not bad at all!

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                    1. re: coney with everything

                      My grandma always did that! I assumed it was a Depression thing. My mom wouldn't let us eat it that way, but make it CINNAMON sugar and it was ok.

                      1. re: revsharkie

                        Could well be! I always assumed it was a farm thing, as my dad grew up on a farm in Kansas (during the Depression)

                        1. re: coney with everything

                          My Dad did the same (depression era from the South). As a kid, we would use white bread topped with butter, sugar and cinnamon. Then we would broil it in the oven until the top was crunchy and brown. Amazing!

                      2. re: coney with everything

                        my neighbors kids put yellow mustard,on bread,or crackers ,and then sprinkled with sugar...i never tried it yuk!

                        1. re: coney with everything

                          better still is butter with *brown* sugar.

                          also pb and brown sugar or pb and graham cracker crumbs

                        2. sliced grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, slices of fresh mozzarella, lettuce (your choice), and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on sourdough bread.


                          make a chicken salad with halved grapes, curry powder, toasted almonds.

                          1. As far as a quick nibble at work, there's nothing better than starting with bread and PB (though both must be of good quality)... from there, the possibilities go on and on:

                            with thinly sliced green apples
                            with honey and sliced banana
                            with good-quality jam of your choice
                            with Nutella


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                            1. re: tartiflette

                              Thank you for my lunch tomorrow - I have apples. I have peanut butter. I have honey and/or Nutella. Or both. :-)

                              1. re: tartiflette

                                Toast it, spread with peanut butter, sprinkle chocolate chips on half of it and fold over. The warm bread and peanut butter melt the chips.

                              2. BTBP Sandwich = sandwich 2 slices of cooked-to-perfection crispy BACON (use the best bacon you can find), 1 thick sliced of vine-ripened TOMATO, 2 fresh BASIL leaves, and a thin slice of real good PARMESAN REGGIANO cheese in 2 slices of lightly toasted buttered white bread, and there you have a delicious tasting sandwich!!

                                  1. Prosciutto, thin slices of parmesan and chilled steamed or grilled asparagus .

                                    1. On top of a multi-grain bread (toasting optional) put a layer of braunschweiger, then slices of fresh heirloom tomato, and top with cranberry mustard. Yum.

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                                        1. re: shaebones

                                          Scary stuff when it is slipped into the mouth of an unsuspecting six year old. I'l never be right...

                                          According to Answers .com

                                          "Braunschweiger (named after Braunschweig, Germany) is a type of liverwurst (pork liver sausage), which is nearly always smoked.

                                          Braunschweiger is very rich, and has a very high amount of Vitamin A, iron and protein. For casual use in most households, it is better to buy a small amount, since braunschweiger spoils quickly. About a week after opening, the meat will change from a fresh pinkish color to a dull gray, and will then begin to turn green. If it is not consumed quickly after it first turns gray, the braunschweiger is no longer edible and should be disposed of immediately.

                                          The meat has a very soft, spread-like texture and a distinctive liver-based flavor. It is usually used as a filling for sandwiches, often paired with stone-ground mustard, sliced tomatoes and cheese. There are also a few recipes for pâté and cheese balls which use braunschweiger as a primary ingredient."

                                          I might like it now, but then, ack.

                                          1. re: ArikaDawn

                                            Forgot to say: if you want to gild the lily, add a slice of Havarti between the braunschweiger and tomato!

                                      1. Every summer, I do thin slices of whole wheat sourdough toasted with a bit of butter or olive soil, slices of good tomatoes and then slices of hard-boiled egg on top. One of my favorites.

                                        1. Just peanut butter works for me. Sliced granny smith apples on top if they are handy are nice too.

                                          1. summer tomatoes. good mayo. pepper. basil shreds. love.

                                            1. my tastes are so simple sometimes...

                                              cheese (cheddar or provolone), tomato, mayo, salt or instead of mayo, italian dressing

                                              grilled eggplant, ricotta blended with basil and oregano, roasted garlic and sundried tomato puree

                                              tomato, oregano, goat cheese, balsamic, olive oil, S & P

                                              blue cheese drizzled w/ honey

                                              butternut squash or sweet potato (baked), jarlsberg, sage, butter or mayo

                                              cranberry sauce, turkey, sage

                                              spaghetti w/ marinara :-)