Savory Goat Cheese Toast

So I'll preface with a bit of a warning: you will need your favorite gluten free bread for this. Specifically I'd recommend a crusty white, or as crusty gluten free white bread can be without just being crusty. Also! Although the picture itself isn't super exciting, I promise the snack is. It's like the upper-crust version of pizza - bread, cheese and tomatoes - but in a way that doesn't make you feel like you ate greasy unhealthy food (still love you, pizza!) or like you can't have a real pizza later in the day.

I like this particular combination so much I've had it for breakfast a few times, although each of those times I find myself a little grossed out by tomatoes at breakfast - sorry England, I love your scrambled eggs but hate the mushroom/beans/tomato part of your breakfast staple. This is seriously the most filling and feels-like-a-treat lunch dinner or snack you can have while doing almost no work. You could even have it with a glass of white wine for dinner, or cut it into tiny pieces and serve as an app for a party with people you're trying to impress. Stop trying to impress them, by the way! You're way cooler.

 

Serves: 1 

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of your favorite gluten free white bread that will hold well under toasting
  • About 1 tablespoon goat cheese
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • 2 grinds black pepper

Instructions

  1. Toast gluten free bread until slightly brown, when it will hold other toppings while retaining crisp but not hard - you'll know the best setting for the bread you choose. Rinse, dry, and cut tomatoes in half lengthwise. 
  2. Set small pan to medium-low heat, then add tomatoes. The center of the tomatoes will try to stick to the bottom of the pan; make sure to move them around. These little guys will cook fast, keep shifting them then let sit for a few minutes before taking them off heat. Original recipes I've read want you to broil them, but this is so time consuming when you can warm them up with a little char in a pan within a few minutes.
  3. Spread goat cheese across toast, and top with tomatoes. Pour olive oil in a spoon then distribute evenly over toast and tomatoes, repeating with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with s&p and serve!

 

I've also tried to reduce the balsamic vinegar in a saucepan before using it here. Sure, it's sweeter, but it takes a lot of vinegar to reduce it down and shit does it smell! Super sour and harsh and will make you hate vinegar for months. Just don't bother and use un-fucked-with balsamic - your future Dwight will thank you.