Morel mushrooms are great as a side dish for, say, roasted chicken or in your omelet, but true lovers of these spring treats know that they're best in more concentrated doses. It doesn't get much better than a buttery open-faced morel mushroom sandwich like this one.
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Blanched and peeled fava beans that are roughly chopped and served on top of a goat cheese tartine with Marcona almonds and a few sprigs of chervil: This is the kind of toast you eat all by yourself while hiding in the kitchen so that nobody can steal a bite.
Fresh blanched asparagus and mint pair with creamy ricotta cheese on this simple spring open-faced sandwich. The key is to get the best ingredients and treat them as simply as possible.
Spaghetti squash is fun, but It's never quite hearty enough to satisfy. Here, we toss it with a rich parsley pesto, pair it with meaty prosciutto and serve it on top of toasted bread for a dish that's light enough to serve as an hors d'oeuvres, but hearty enough to eat as a light lunch.
Most of us have turned to canned beans in moments of need. Whether it's chickpeas on a salad for lunch at the office, or pork and beans as a late-night dinner, canned beans are easily transformed into a quick, simple, and hearty meal.
Charred corn, avocado, and radishes on a slice of toasted sourdough bread.
A few softly blistered cherry tomatoes roasted with bacon and thyme make the ideal accompaniment to this savory rarebit. If you're looking for a more filling meal, try topping the rarebit with a runny fried egg, and, as always, serve this light lunch with a cold pint of whatever beer you use to make the dish.
Eggs cooked into toast served on top of sautéed asparagus with avocado and feta cheese.
Of all the words I could use to describe British food, simplicity would probably be the first. Scotch woodcock, a dish of soft scrambled eggs on toast topped with anchovies, is simplicity at its finest. And in the grand tradition of British dishes with funny names (welsh rarebit, salmagundi, cawl cennin) this dish uses no actual woodcock.
Tasty, filling, but not overly heavy, this is ideal breakfast fare for those who want something beside the bacon and eggs.
As a late-night snack, a light supper or even a quick snack, beans on toast make an ideal comforting meal when what you need is something warm in your stomach.
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Like any great brunch, this dish comes together quickly with few ingredients that won't be in the pantry. Mushrooms on toast are a classic dreary morning breakfast, made better by a pot of hot black tea and a newspaper. Although button mushrooms are a great easy standard, there are so many fantastic mushrooms to choose from it can be hard to stick with just one. Try a variety of different mushrooms to give this brunch standard a new twist.
Toast drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkled with parsley, garlic, and red pepper flakes? Hey, my wife might not like the effects it has on my breath, but it makes for a fine start to the day....
Though it initially looks like a super healthy plate of food, this dish actually reminded me the most of a proper English breakfast. Just think about it: you have your bacon, eggs, tomatoes, peas, toast, and beans (albeit the green kind). Sure, you're missing the sausage, but the feeling is the same. There's a lot of green on this plate, but it's a hearty meal. Just about everything is cooked in some kind fat.
Frying up bacon and toasting bread couldn't really be much easier. As far as cooking asparagus, the original recipes calls for steaming them for about 15 to 20 minutes. Though that will definitely work, I've become quite a fan of microwaving asparagus, a method Barbara Kafka recommends in Vegetable Love. It worked beautifully.
Welsh rarebit just seemed right. It was devastatingly cold outside, and I needed something to warm my insides and soothe my head. For those of you scratching your heads, Welsh rarebit is English dish of a cheese sauce on toast. But it's so much more than that, as the cheese sauce combines beer with a good aged Cheddar. It also contains a good dose of Worcestershire sauce and mustard, so it has an edge. It's wonderfully complex, and a far cry from most cheddar sauces.
Last night I went through 72 eggs worth of scrambled eggs doing some recipe research. Of course, the great thing about developing recipes for a living is that when the clock strikes 2 a.m. and you realize you haven't eaten all night, the solution is usually right in front of you. But what to pair with that final batch of ultra-rich and creamy eggs? Most people don't think caviar when searching for a midnight snack, but why not?
[Photo: Robin Bellinger] If you've ever gazed longingly at adorable little kumquats in the produce section but left them on the shelf because you didn't know what to do with them, this easy recipe is for you. Good kumquats are...