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The miracle of toast with its infinite possibilities! What's your favourite?

My sweetie is a big fan of toast for breakfast.

Me, I didn't care so much for it (his repertoire is pretty much peanut butter, or jam - which is pretty boring if you ask me) until I went to a church bake sale and bought a jar of lemon butter just because I felt like I had to buy *something*.

So now, I'm addicted too! I've made lemon butter, orange butter, lime butter... just found a recipe for maple butter which is so simple, yet divine.

Between these and avocado, my toast repertoire is expanding... but I'd like to know what your favourites are, even if it sounds insanely simple to you - it might be something that I or someone else hadn't thought of or had forgotten about.

Thanks in advance for sharing :)

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  1. For breakfast:
    First, a whole piece of artisan buttered toast.
    Sprinkle with parmesean
    Stack a fried egg onto that,
    Drizzle with a basil+EVOO+small bit of garlic pistou,
    Finish with a few drops of truffle oil (white or black, they're both good).


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    1. re: runwestierun

      Thank you, it does sound like heaven :)
      Going to have to get me some truffle oil!

    2. Creamed tuna, creamed mushrooms over toast!

      1. Toast, naked, is good.

        Toast with honey is very good.

        Toast with roasted garlic is even better.

        But toast with roasted garlic and guacamole is most outstanding.

        1. butter and bitter orange marmalade.
          butter and braunschweiger
          butter and poached egg

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          1. re: mariacarmen

            mariacarmen, I assume you like those things on toast?

            1. re: bushwickgirl

              I think she was answering the OP's question.

              1. re: c oliver

                no, just butter.... ( :
                just kidding! yes, on toast!

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  I was just teasing a bit. I also like braunschweiger on buttered rye toast, with some sliced onion.

          2. Coming from an Italian-American family, this is my ideal toast:

            Take a good loaf of Italian bread, slice it as if for a sandwich, butter each side and toast under a broiler until golden brown. Then pour yourself a big bowl of milk and dunk away. This was my favorite breakfast as a kid. When you are done eating the toast, you should have some delicious buttery milk left over to drink.

            The "adult" version is basically the same thing but substitute a bowl of coffee with milk for just plain milk. Funny, since I'm all grown up now, I've never had it with coffee; I still do it the kid's way with just milk!

            1. Toast - especially a lovely french loaf sliced or halved and toasted - spread with butter and dijon mustard, maybe black pepper. Amazingly delicious!

              1. Peanut butter with sliced bananas and cinnamon
                Anchovy mashed with chopped parsley, a squirt of lemon juice and red pepper flakes, preferably on sourdough

                1. I love a slice of good sourdough, toasted, then spread with earth balance margarine and sprinkled liberally with nutritional yeast. A holdover from my vegan days, I still eat this snack once in a while!

                  1. Marmite

                    sliced tomatoes and mayo

                    obviously fried eggs

                    baked beans (English Heinz) on toast with brown sauce.

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                      1. re: melly

                        it's a British staple cheap dinner or lunch or breakfast - most students have it at least once a week! (or they did in my day)

                        1. re: smartie

                          Is the expression, "Heinz means beans" still said? Marmite on toast, quite a revelation for me the first time I had it.

                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                            don't know, I don't live in the UK any more

                            1. re: bushwickgirl

                              It's "Beanz means Heinz", I think, and it was an old advertising slogan. Not sure if they still use it but most people will know it.

                              1. re: greedygirl

                                Oh! The old tv show Goodies used to have a parody, "Heenz Means Beanz". That's run through my head since the 70s, but I never knew what they were making fun of.

                          2. re: melly

                            We crumble up toast in/on cooked red beans or kidney beans to soak up the juices. Gives it all a smoother texture.

                        2. Must agree about lemon butter - homemade lemon butter on hot toast is like eating sunlight. Great on pancakes and waffles too.

                          I love hot buttered toast with jelly or jam. It's also especially good with just a touch of finishing salt or finely ground pepper. Really! Think of strawberries with balsamic vinegar and ground pepper. Or even just hot buttered toast with either a finishing salt or finely ground pepper.

                          When my sister and I were kids, we used to butter enough bread to cover a baking tray, dredge the buttered side with A LOT OF SUGAR and then broil it in the oven. We ate our carmelized/bruleed(?) toast with a pot of orange pekoe tea with slices of lemon and either sugar or honey to sweeten the tea. (Yes, we ingested a lot of sugar - not sure where our parents were on these days.)

                          Also love hot buttered toast with peanut butter and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. And peanut butter toast with banana. Alternate nut butters like almond-hazelnut - on its own or with banana - is also very tasty!

                          And of course, grilled cheese! Cream cheese with mushrooms and some cheddar. Then under the broiler until golden delicious. Tuna or shrimp melts.

                          This thread is making me hungry and I just had a snack! :D

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                          1. re: jubilant cerise

                            Oh yum, I used to have that butter/sugar/crunchy toast when I was little. Thanks for that memory!

                          2. I love SOS on toast (shit on a shingle or "dried beef gravy on toast" if you need to state that more properly). Better still, add hard boiled eggs to the mix (thanks, Veggo)...for the best of both worlds. Or if you prefer, just straight up creamed eggs.

                            How 'bout a layer of chocolate chips on a slice of bread, then let the top get all melty in the toaster oven...the chips retain their shape till you spread 'em. This was a rather "wow" moment to my friend's roommate (years ago), who had the munchies and was simply mystified when the knife hit the chocolate and magically smoothed out the chips. ;)

                            And along with jubilant cerise's suggestion, I could eat grilled cheese till the cows come home (but try not to!).

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                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              We called it "creamed chipped beef on toast" and it always had hard-boiled eggs in it. Isn't it funny the things we take for granted? I never thought of it NOT having the eggs.

                              1. re: c oliver

                                It IS funny. We either had creamed eggs or SOS growing up. The combo of eggs with the saltiness of the dried beef is truly a winner for me.

                                Oh, one more for nostalgia's sake--a personal favorite of my mom's--peas on toast!

                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                  If you call creamed eggs on toast "Eggs Goldenrod" it's much classier, in a 1970s kind of way...

                                  1. re: alanbarnes

                                    Who knew?! I found this variation with broccoli, exuding even MORE class. ;) And one with parsley, that surely looks jazzier than we ever made it:

                                    Groovy, baby, yeah!

                                    1. re: alanbarnes

                                      I think it was in the 8th grade home ec class that we made Eggs Goldenrod. I thought it was so wonderful. I made it for the family and was a bit disappointed in their reactions. Polite, but you know.....

                                  2. re: c oliver

                                    I love creamed chipped beef on toast, but better yet, pour it on a baked potato. If you bought the Stouffer kind in a bag, and nuked the potato, you would have an instant and delicious dinner! Back in the 60s, a restaurant in downtown Portland made that and sprinkled it with toasted, sliced filberts (hazelnuts). It was my favorite lunch! Alas, there is no chipped beef in México. I have been known to bring down a couple jars when visiting the US.

                                    1. re: MazDee

                                      The toasted filbert garnish is a stroke of genius. I can taste them together.

                                      1. re: MazDee

                                        HA! None in Cali, Colombia, either. I remember trying to help Sam Fujisaka try to find some when he was in Washington, DC last year. ;) I am sure there are many Americans who'd get a chuckle to think dried beef is a hot item to import to other countries. Maybe I'll be like George Costanza and launch an import/export business focused on dried beef. HA HA HA! Just call me Kat Vandelay. ;)

                                    2. re: kattyeyes

                                      I'm a vegetarian now, but I have fond memories of SOS. I kind of miss it...Okay, now I'm craving it.

                                      1. re: debbiel

                                        I am the devil on your shoulder. Sorry (do it, do it, do it!)... ;)

                                      2. re: kattyeyes

                                        Re: kattyeyes' melted chocolate chips: Before you put the chocolate chips on, smear on a layer of peanut butter. (This is my "when no one is watching" snack.)

                                        1. re: Pia

                                          Oooooh, two great tastes that taste great together!

                                      3. Butter with a slight dab of Vegemite spread
                                        Tomato with grated parmesan melted on top
                                        Avocado with sea salt and ground pepper and shrimp

                                        1. Toast dope is as addictive as it sounds:


                                          Sugar, citrus zest and a few spices.....

                                          Oh, and as a garlic fiend....just rubbing raw garlic cloves over toasted bread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil is heavenly.

                                          1. Peanut butter and honey
                                            cinnamon toast
                                            creamed mushrooms on toast
                                            one eyed johnnie - piece of toast with a hole in it.. fry an egg in the hole
                                            French toast
                                            sausage gravy on toast
                                            Scrambled egg sandwich on toast

                                            1. And speaking of toast...
                                              In high school my friend was so obsessed with toast to the point that one day after school he ate a whole loaf of Wonder bread, toasted! Then when we were in our late 20s, he went to a Halloween party dressed as a piece of toast...complete with a pat of butter as a hat!

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                                                1. re: ursy_ten

                                                  Well, the costume was a reaction to everyone who teased him about liking toast so much. It was more of a joke. :)

                                              1. Beans on toast
                                                Nutella on toast, with or without sliced bananas
                                                Toast with butter and a bit of cinnamon sugar and then broiled
                                                Peanut butter and mayo on toast
                                                tomato and mayo on toast
                                                Buttered toast with hot chocolate
                                                Toast spread with plain old yellow mustard (yeah, I think that's a weird one, too)

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                                                1. re: debbiel

                                                  I started with plain yellow mustard and move on to dijon....but I add butter

                                                2. Wow everybody, thanks for all the great ideas! Some really good ones there that I have to try :)

                                                  1. Labne, olive oil and a little smoked paprika
                                                    Labne, garlic hummus and ham
                                                    Branston pickle, Sriracha and Cotswold cheese
                                                    Miracle Whip and liver sausage
                                                    Yogurt and mango pickle

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                                                    1. re: JungMann

                                                      I love that you snuck MW in there. ;)

                                                    2. I just remembered one ... caviar.

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                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                        Holy sturgeon, how could we have forgotten that??? I just discovered tobiko/flying fish roe which is a cheap cousin and a great taste and texture.

                                                        1. re: c oliver

                                                          Caviar + melba toast = divine.

                                                          Some chilled sake to wash it down with would make it just about heaven on earth.

                                                        2. re: qcfoodi

                                                          Creme fraiche, minced red onion, capers and a whisper of a drop of lemon juice.

                                                        3. Here's kind of a toast sidebar--I'm very fond of those "Petit Toasts" tiny crackers for serving with cheese or chicken salad...or pâté if you roll that way!

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                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                            I used to use those for catered parties, always a hit with cheeses, pâté or even thinly sliced roasted beef tenderloin. Crunchy, crunchy...

                                                            Katty, you get an A+ for using the proper accent marks!

                                                            1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                              Oooooh, roast beast sounds great, too! Miss Buckley, Miss Marceau and Mr. Argenio would be so proud of me. ;)

                                                          2. For me : toast with fresh avocado spread like butter with balsamic vinegar splashed on top and a tiny pinch of sea salt.

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                                                            1. re: petejonesmusic

                                                              Yu-um. You might like my brother's variant of this, which is avocado sprinkled with Pick-a-Peppa sauce.

                                                            2. Fondest childhood memory.....me sitting in front of the open oven door, using the door for a table and mom making me.....TADA.....chocolate toast. Just mix cocoa powder with granulated sugar 1:2 ratio, spread bread with REAL BUTTER and spinkle on the cocoa/sugar mixture, just like you would do cinnamon toast, then BROIL until bubbly and
                                                              crisp. Serve with a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. This breakfast will turn a normal child into a raging chocoholic, as witnessed by ME!!

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                                                              1. re: amazinc

                                                                "Fondest childhood memory.....me sitting in front of the open oven door, using the door for a table..."


                                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                  I'm going to venture a guess that the oven was ::off:: at the time, and since amazinc was so little, it was the perfect table height for a wee tot to sit on the floor and eat.

                                                                  1. re: operagirl

                                                                    I guess I was just picturing amazinc sitting at the oven door while the toast was broiling. lol

                                                              2. Without getting into crostini and bruschetta with varied pestos, tapenades and pates, some of my favorite breakfast toasts are:

                                                                Oat nut bread spread with jam first and then topped w/ cold pats of butter
                                                                Egg in a hole - Toast w/ a hole punched out for a runny fried egg
                                                                Toast huevos rancheros style - White toast topped w/ a fried egg, salsa and cheese popped in a toaster oven until nice and melty
                                                                Buttered toast sprinkled w/ shredded parmesan and cayenne pepper
                                                                Toast w/ Carmelized Onion Marmalade

                                                                I could go on and on. I love me some toast in the morning!

                                                                1. Vanilla Butter and Cinnamon Sugar

                                                                  Roasted Garlic Puree + Ricotta + Sundried Tomatoes + fresh basil and grated parmesan

                                                                  Cherry Preserves + Chopped hazelnuts + Hazelnut Oil drizzle + dried coconut

                                                                  1. Love toast in all forms, though I default to just butter usually. But some other options:

                                                                    Cream cheese, topped with Olivada or tapenade.

                                                                    Sausage patties and maple syrup on whole wheat (need to eat with a fork)

                                                                    1. Love toast, but I think it's the bread that makes it.

                                                                      I love sourdough with ( I know this sounds weird, but try it ) butter, peanut butter, and a poached egg. It melts all together and the yoke is so good......makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

                                                                      Another favorite is Oat Nut Bread with butter and a breakfast sausage rolled up.

                                                                      Rye and just butter, a favorite with a cup of tea.

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                                                                      1. re: othervoice

                                                                        Oh, good, another rye toast with butter and a cuppa lover, thank God. Simple pleasures.

                                                                        As an aside, if your father was thinking about you going to culinary school in CT back in the day, as I read in your profile, it must have been when the CIA was in New Haven?

                                                                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                          Hi there bushwickgirl,

                                                                          My mistake, I meant RI (Johnson & Wales). Have a cup of tea on me!!

                                                                      2. Here's my fave. toast recipe.

                                                                        Toast 2 slices of bread. Smear one slice with tomato ketchup. Add cooked bacon. Put second slice on top. Eat.

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                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                          I like that too, but I add sweet pickle relish. The very best is of course butter, garden fresh tomato and mayo.

                                                                        2. For breakfast nothing like deviled egg on toast, open face like
                                                                          Cream cheese and apricot jam
                                                                          cottage cheese and tomato
                                                                          and I also like a fried egg, with the yolk runny on toast, I love a challenge!
                                                                          For bread my new favorite is sourdough french baguette - oh so crunchy!

                                                                          1. If your workplace has an appropriate place (like a staff room) for it, consider donating a toaster. I did this once when I worked at a counseling center where staff often stayed through the evening, and hot toast to go with available coffee or tea became the sine qua non pickup for late stayers.

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                                                                            1. re: Querencia

                                                                              Very nice idea for coworkers...toast is truly comforting.

                                                                            2. butter and marmite
                                                                              butter and grated Sap Sago cheese

                                                                              Once in a blue moon, peanut butter and good strawberry jam

                                                                              1. Buttered toast covered with bacon gravy or sausage gravy.

                                                                                Sourdough buttered toast and peanut butter.

                                                                                Toasted cheese sandwiches made in an iron skillet.

                                                                                1. Anyone remember the frozen thin sliced Peperidge Farm frozen white bread? It was pretty much terrible except toasted. Three slices of that toast, buttered and two soft poached eggs on top, salt & pepper mmm mmm !

                                                                                  1. Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_aHkr...

                                                                                    I love toast in many forms: (I am sure I am repeating many...
                                                                                    )Slight schmear or mayo with sliced hard boiled toast, S&P
                                                                                    Mayo, swiss and dill pickle
                                                                                    Classic butter and orange marmalade
                                                                                    Farmer Cheese and cherry preserves
                                                                                    Ricotta cheese and berries
                                                                                    Buttered toast topped with baked beans
                                                                                    Just plain buttered toast
                                                                                    Almond butter and fig jam
                                                                                    Mayo, lettuce, summer tomato, sunny-side-up egg, S&P, eaten with a fork and knife
                                                                                    Smashed avocado and sardines, little bit of Siracha
                                                                                    Oh! Creamed chipped beef!
                                                                                    Toast points dipped in poached egg
                                                                                    I could go on and on...

                                                                                    1. Not exactly low calorie but some people use sweetened condensed milk on toast sorta like jam.

                                                                                      I just heard about this and had to share.

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                                                                                      1. re: Hank Hanover

                                                                                        Oh yum. Really, really must try that.

                                                                                        1. re: Hank Hanover

                                                                                          oh yeah, how did i forget that? Family is Bolivian and it was a regular bfast thing growing up.

                                                                                        2. Mashed, spreadable (but not pureed) avocado with EVOO, black pepper, and a little bit of salt is my favorite.

                                                                                          1. So many great suggestions, but I have to ask: When do some of the suggestions stop being toast with a spread or topping and actually cross the line into being an open-faced sandwich made with toast? Such as:

                                                                                            Mayo, lettuce, summer tomato, sunny-side-up egg, S&P, eaten with a fork and knife

                                                                                            Peanut butter with sliced bananas and cinnamon

                                                                                            Avocado with sea salt and ground pepper and shrimp

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                                                                                            1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                              Well, I suggested creamed mushrooms fairly early on and I see no reason why you couldn't pour sausage gravy over toast. You can do it for biscuits.

                                                                                              I never considered it for breakfast but a open faced hot beef sandwich on toast with beef gravy is hard to beat.

                                                                                              A poached egg on a piece of toast with hollandaise sauce.

                                                                                              Cinnamon toast

                                                                                              Huevos rancheros on a piece of toast instead of a tortilla.

                                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                That's a good point, ttoommyy. My list was weighted towards open-faced sandwiches, but those same open faced sandwiches would not be the same without the toast. Perhaps these open-faced sandwiches are off-topic for this thread, but it's obvious the toast-love runs deep!

                                                                                                Strangely, I rarely eat bread that is not toasted, and i am married to a man who does not like toast. It might be the thing we argue about most. But I do all the food prep, so i win every time.

                                                                                              2. I prefer savoury things on toast for breakfast. So, beans on toast, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, cream cheese, peanut butter, green olive tapenade, houmous.

                                                                                                1. Sorry to bump an old thread, but this is making me hungry!! I love avocado on toast with good salt.

                                                                                                  Love sunny-side up eggs on toast.

                                                                                                  Love thick-sliced homegrown tomatoes on toast.

                                                                                                  Love cream cheese and strawberry jam on toast,

                                                                                                  LOVE TOAST

                                                                                                  more ideas please!!!!

                                                                                                  1. What a great thread! It's so true what they say about bread! I love toast; sometimes burnt toast!

                                                                                                    A thick slab of honey comb with a dry aged cheddar on dark toasted marbled rye is so comforting.
                                                                                                    A warmed lightly toasted slice of fresh Italian bread dipped into a pot of fresh tomato sauce heating on the stove
                                                                                                    A sour dough roll toasted used as spoon into a hot bowl of pumpkin curry soup

                                                                                                    Toasted challah and fried egg with bits of minced onion, oh my!

                                                                                                    1. i like raisin toast..
                                                                                                      regular butter bread lightly toasted...with butter and jelly..

                                                                                                      and sometimes if i dont feel like cooking pasta...nicely browned toast cut into cubes...covered with spaghetti sauce...

                                                                                                      1. Dry toast a la John Thorne; toast that is done at the lowest setting and pooped down 4 times. It is crunchy like a cracker. Yum!

                                                                                                        1. Maybe a little controversial but.... Hong Kong style French toast!!! Basically, it is not one but *two* slices of crappy white sliced, sandwiched together with peanut butter, dipped in eggy batter, deep fried and slathered in condensed milk/golden syrup and lashings of butter. I don't know how you could possibly not enjoy that (particularly with a cup of Hong Kong style milk tea).

                                                                                                          Next - grilled cheese. Obviously. Mushrooms on toast (mushrooms, garlic, thyme, oodles of cream and a very thick wedge of toast). Even better.

                                                                                                          Lastly, what about crumpets? I know they're not strictly toast, but you make them in the toaster, you cover them with butter, and they are the single greatest packaged food ever invented. It needs a mention somewhere.

                                                                                                          1. Is it still toast if you fry it toasty in a pan of bacon or duck fat (wouldn't want to waste the fat after all!)