15 tasty toast toppings

Whether you call your open-faced sandwich a tartine, crostini, bruschetta, or smørrebrød, toppings on toast are one of the latest fashionable food trends. What's not to like? With either savory or sweet toppings nothing says 'comfort food' like a thick piece of toasted bread. Here are a few ideas from Stir It Up! to get you started on your next favorite snack.

The Kitchen Paper
Try this easy yet upscale crostini for your Fourth of July celebration.

1. Meatless Monday: Heirloom tomato tartine

The Rowdy Chowgirl
Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and layer with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves on French bread and then broil for a delicious open-faced sandwich.

By Christina Masters, The Rowdy Chowgirl

Close grained French bread, sliced
Sliced heirloom tomatoes
Fresh mozzarella
Basil leaves
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground pepper

1. Run bread under the broiler to toast lightly on the top side only.

2. Layer slices of tomatoes, thinly sliced mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves.

3. Stir oil and vinegar together, then drizzle lightly over tartines. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Read the full post on Stir It Up!

1 of 15

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.