If you are from a rural town or a quiet suburb, toast comes served at breakfast, buttered and/or jammed. If you are from a bustling metropolis like DC, toast is served as an appetizer, slathered in avocado, dribbled in gourmet oil, and garnished with microgreens. This $18.00 delicacy is set between you and your friends. Do you slice it? Do you each take a bite and pass it around in a circle? What you do is: don’t order the toast. Order the dip; there will be no conflict and everyone will walk out of brunch unharmed.
Whether your local restaurants are ripping you off or not, the cheapest option is to make the toast yourself. I decided to top mine with roasted tomatoes and onions, because sweet roasted vegetables are the perfect contrast to crunchy toast. Also, my avocados never get ripe. They are either rock hard or brown mush, that’s it. I left this cheese-less *VEGAN ALERT* but goat cheese would be a nice option, as it usually is.
- Cherry and/or grape tomatoes
- Pearl onions
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
- Balsamic vinegar
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
I selected these tomatoes due to their size and color. I hate eating only one color!!!
Onions are healthy, and pearl onions are cute. Peel off the skin and remove their little brown hats, which they wear on top and bottom.
Toss the vegetables with olive oil and black pepper.
Spread the vegetables onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and stick them in the oven. They should roast for about 30 minutes.
While the vegetables roast, slice your bread.
Drizzle the slices with oil and then place them on a lined baking sheet. These need to be in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, put some balsamic vinegar on the stove. This will reduce greatly, so even if you want two tablespoons, start with half a cup.
Once the tomatoes are blistered, the onions soft, and the toast toasty, prepare the meal. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction.
Every time I want to cook the sun disappears, making it a challenge to take good pictures. On this particular day there was a huge storm with wonderful lightning. Cleanse me, Oh Storm.