Sunday, August 2, 2009

Solo Breakfast

Sunday morning, starving, nothing is made. I remembered a delicious breakfast "toast" that I created a few years ago in college. You melt some cheese on top of a sliced baguette and then throw a fried egg on top. The egg oozes once split and give the toast a really nice flavor. I know that it sounds weird to use tomato paste but it give this a really nice rich sweet taste that you'll be surprised by.

Breakfast Toast:
2 slices of a french baguette, sliced on a diagonal
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 sprigs of thyme, stripped of the leaves
4-5 slices of Gruyere cheese
salt and pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes
1-2 eggs

Toast the two slices of bread till a little crispy but not completely stiff. Take out and rub the garlic clove over the bread while hot. It will infuse the bread without being over powering. (If you want a yummy garlic flavor, thinly slice, I mean paper thin, a garlic clove and reserve for the next step.) Spread the tomato paste on the pieces of toast and then sprinkle the salt, pepper, thyme, (and the garlic slices if you desire) and then put the cheese on top. Put the toast back in the toasted and melt the cheese. While the toast is melting, fry an egg or two (I usually only use 1 egg and put it on both pieces, but others that are hungry you can use two and put one on each slice of toast). Season the egg while cooking with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Once the egg is cooked and the cheese has melted, place the egg on top and consume!! Serve with a nice glass of milk and you have one of the best breakfasts ever.

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