We have long believed that toast may be the ultimate delivery system for all the delicious things that need a landing zone. MDK readers, unsurprisingly, provide a lot of ideas.
QUINN Butter. And lots of it.
KATHY H My go to toast these days is a slice of sprouted wheat bread with half an avocado smashed on top. Some pepper and sliced tomatoes are great on top.
LAUREN Hub prefers to go British once in a while and does beans on toast. That would be baked, but we can’t find the blue label Heinz beans here so he has to make a substitution. He went quite native in Scotland on a business trip and also took to putting a slug of scotch in his oatmeal every morning. He really liked Scotland.
DONNA Pimiento cheese.
SQUAREMARY The best thing on toast is sugar and cinnamon. Lately is Wow butter, which is like peanut butter but made with soy beans, topped with sliced banana. Pretty yummy, really.
VIRGINIA Pimiento cheese on toast is one of life’s true pleasures.
AMBER Peanut or almond butter and “appelstroop” (super concentrated Dutch apple spread).
ROBIN Just yesterday I had tehina and honey on toast for the very first time. It won’t be the last.
NELL My favorite has been nutty bread toasted, topped with a slather of cream cheese with a bit of cherry preserves. (Sweetly reminiscent of my dear grandfather’s favorite, cherry-o-cream cheese pie.)
CINDY Herb-marinated feta! Recipe in The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly.
CLAUDIA If you want to cross over into more of the sandwich category, there is nothing better than a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. Mmmm, melty peanut butter on the toast, topped with a couple crispy strips of bacon. That there is heaven on toast.
REV. EMILY Savory: I like to broil Swiss cheese on top. Almond butter or peanut butter—crunchy only, please! Sweet: Nutella. Cherry jam. And of course, cinnamon sugar.
RACHEL If the bread is homemade and you have a little butter to go on it, you don’t need all that other stuff to make it sublime. I believe the term is “gilding the lily.” That being said, butter and honey on homemade bread is pretty danged good, too.
KAREN Toast! Ah, the glories of toast! The first gift that my sweetheart gave me was a toaster. A lesser woman might have kicked him to the curb for that but it just made me love him more.
KT Swallows hard, bares soul: Crunchy peanut butter then rooster sauce (Sambal—the one with seeds) (not Sriracha—it’s too sweet for this application) then a sprinkling of kosher salt.
KATEMET A bit off-topic, but my household has a strong disagreement over a breakfast sandwich. Two pieces of toast, buttered, then one peanut buttered, the other jellied/jammed, with a scrambled egg between. Is this a fine thing for a person to decide to eat or the worst thing ever?
JUNGLEWIFE I love honey toast. My way is to toast a piece (or three!) of bread, then wait a minute or two so that the toast isn’t too hot when you slather liberally with butter. The point of this is to leave some of the butter unmelted on the toast. Immediately top with honey to make sure that all the butter isn’t melted. Let it soak in a bit before you eat it. You get a wonderful soft, crunchy, salty, sweet treat. The honey and butter crystallize a bit on top of the toast when you let it sit and it is oh so delicious.
CHARLOTTE RAINS DIXON Either plain butter and lots of it, or butter and sugar and cinnamon. Either will do just fine. Alas, I’ve not had toast in ages, my loss. My daughter loves toast so much she requested a toast bar for her wedding shower. Her best friend happily obliged her.
SARAH Our family trick with toast: toast the bread, slather with butter, heap cinnamon sugar on top. Mountains of it. Then tip back into the jar any dry cinnamon sugar that is not held on by the butter on the toast. Yum. Especially good with homemade sourdough bread.
LYNN Favorite toast combo: peanut butter, banana slices, drizzled honey. Shake of cinnamon sugar.
SUSAN IN KATONAH Cinnamon sugar sprinkled on heavily buttered toast, then re-toasted so the sugar just starts to melt; or marmalade on thickly sliced, heavily buttered toast. I’m on a quest to find the perfect marmalade. Once in a great while, I feel an overwhelming desire for just a skiff of Marmite on heavily buttered toast. I also like ginger preserves on heavily buttered toast. Or, um, just butter. Lots of butter. I like butter.
JANA Susan, if you’re interested in trying to make marmalade, I can recommend Barefoot Contessa’s orange marmalade recipe. You can find it at FoodNetwork.com. I made a batch last fall, and it was really yummy. I’m not experienced at making jelly or preserves, and I thought it was pretty easy to make. (I did have to cook it down longer than the recipe said.)
JO-ANNE Elderberry Jam. Mmmm.
SANDYG Mmmm, toast. Real butter and cherry preserves—that’s my go-to. Occasionally peach preserves to change it up a little. My hubs bought me a 2-slice Viking toaster. I loved that Viking toaster. It weighed a ton, and the slider went up and down with the smooth, solid feel like closing the door of a Mercedes-Benz sedan. It finally died, and we discovered Viking had discontinued making toasters. Sad day, we gave it a suitable Viking funeral in the trash bin. I may still try to find another one on eBay.
CHELLE Butter and maple syrup. Or cinnamon sugar. Sigh. Now I need to make toast . . .
ELIZABETH Well don’t laugh—avocado toast at a place on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Given all the YELP ++++ reviews, I had to try it. It was great.
AMANDA All toast in my apartment starts with some kind of crusty, semi-artisanal bread (either homemade or from the supermarket bakery; Wonder bread and the like shall ne’er to cross my threshold) and unsalted butter. Toppings: just plain butter. Strawberry jam. Brie. Strawberry jam and brie. Soft, cheesy, scrambled eggs. Fresh mozzarella. Fresh mozzarella and prosciutto.
ANNE Ahh, toast. Many a morning breakfast consists of coffee and toast with butter and jelly. My favorite is toast made from the No-Knead Bread http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread (I substitute one cup of whole wheat flour for one of the white flour) and plum jam, which is surprisingly hard to find.
JULIE Cheese toast! Second favorite is peanut butter.
JUDY When I was a child (millennia ago), my mother regularly bought something that came in a tub, called Honey-Butter-Cinnamon. (I have just learned that that is an ethopoeic term.) We three kids would go through that tub in moments, heaping it on our toast. Best toast topping ever.
SUE J Being an Aussie, I can’t go past Vegemite as my go to toast topper. Being an Aussie in North Carolina means making the 45-minute trek to World Market in a nearby town. It is worth the drive!
NAPAGAL.CLARE I am guilty of the tahini thing. This morning it was a grainy walnut-cranberry bread, toasted, then drizzled with tahini and topped off with banana mashed with a fork. It is my go-to breakfast these days.
AK My favorite thing on a piece of toast is a soft boiled egg or two. I take a slice of well done toast (usually sour dough), tear it up into a small bowl. Then add soft boiled eggs (with runny yolks) on top, and season with pepper.
CONNIE Lately, I really love smashed avocado on toast, preferably made on Dave’s Killer Bread, which used to be a Northwest thing, but now can be found all across the country.
CRISTINA Japanese Milk Bread. Looks really good: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016275-japanese-milk-bread. With salted butter and maybe honey or cinnamon sugar.
TRACY Not toast, but my aunts on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, used to make the best biscuits, and then they would mix honey and butter and spread on them. Heaven!
TONIVANB Here’s the thing: I don’t like my toast too toasty. Crusty on the outside but warm and kinda chewy still on the inside. None of that weapons-grade hard bread for me.
PDXKNITTERATI/MICHELE My usual go to on toast is avocado sprinkled with chia seeds, sea salt, pepper, cumin. It’s the cumin that really makes it perfect. And sometimes a fried egg.
JENNIFWE My husband would like to have a food truck called “Just Toast.”
DIANE P One of my favorites is a good old Weight Watchers stalwart from the ’80s: cottage cheese with cinnamon and sugar heated in a toaster oven. It was supposed to be like cheesecake. It wasn’t even close, but it is still something I crave.
DUSA Toast well done (usually on the bagel setting of my toaster), left to cool/dry/crisp up a bit, spread with butter, and then dunked in hot chocolate. The tiny skim of residual melted butter on the surface of the hot chocolate? Le sigh . . .
KRISTI Two members of my household insist (and one could subsist) on toasted Sunmaid raisin bread spread with Skippy SuperChunk peanut butter, topped with banana slices (9 per toast). I reckon I have made more than 15,000 slices of toast in this manner. The fact that you can’t have a toaster in your dorm room has not been easy.
PAMELA Lately I’m on a toast + butter kick, though sometimes I go wild and add cinnamon sugar.
Deb Perlman at Smitten Kitchen is the toast expert though—she makes MEALS out of toast. If I’m feeling lazy and decadent, I’ll make one of her toast recipes for dinner.
ELLEN Hummus and summer tomatoes, fancy finishing salt if you have some. Good jam and cheese. Lots of butter, them pop it in a bowl and pour warm milk over it. Mushrooms sautéed in massive amounts of butter. Everything is better on toast!