A Toast to Summertime

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April 2021: Ah, it’s finally summer! The kids are out of school, the pools are open, the heat is on, and everybody’s hungry. What do you make on those hot summer days when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen? My favorite go-to for an inexpensive and tasty meal is toast toppers. There are so many options to topping toast, and you can satisfy everyone’s palate. Whether you toast sourdough, brioche, sandwich loaf, or gluten-free bread, you can dress it up with a variety of tastes, including leftovers. 

  

World traveler and professional chef, Shannon Smith.

Start with a slice of bread that has been browned well in the toaster. It’s important that both sides of the bread are toasted so it doesn’t become soggy when the toppings are added. I like to smear some type of sauce on the toast first, such as mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, plain yogurt, mustard, or hummus. Then you can get creative and add shaved veggies, canned white beans, tuna, sliced boiled eggs, or whatever goes well with the sauce you choose. For a dessert or snack option, you can top the toast with peanut butter or Nutella, and add sliced fruit, nuts, and coconut. Of course, one of my favorite things to top toast is butter, cinnamon and sugar! Here are some of my other favorite toast toppers that make mealtime a little easier, and they’re great for the kids to make on their own. Find more of my recipes on chefshannon.com.

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BLT with Scrambled Eggs

BLT with Scrambled Eggs

Spread Mayonnaise on toasted bread, then top with lettuce, scrambled eggs, sliced tomato, and crispy bacon.

Lemon Chicken Salad with Almonds

Lemon Chicken Salad with Almonds

Shred a rotisserie chicken and add 1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise, the zest and juice of 2 lemons, 2 stalks of celery (chopped), 2 tablespoons of chopped herbs (I like tarragon), salt and pepper (to taste).  Mix together and spoon onto toasted bread.  Top with toasted almond slices.

Avocado & Crushed Corn Chips

Avocado & Crushed Corn Chips

Peel a ripe avocado, remove pit, and slice.  Add salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.  Mash with a fork and spread on toasted bread.  Top with crushed corn chips.

Patty Melt

Grill or broil seasoned hamburger patties and top with cheese to melt.  Spread mayonnaise or mustard on toasted bread, and top with hamburger patty.  Add sautéed onions, if desired.

Patty Melt

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