Category Archives: Breakfast

Sardine Toast with Pickled Onions and Cucumber

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Sardine toasts are a weekend luxury that I indulge in when I do not need to breathe on someone for the next few hours.  I even eat this for breakfast when I want to start off the day with some delicious protein, omega-3 and calcium.  Searing the skin with a blow torch adds a smoky flavor that is balanced by the pickled shallots, cucumbers and Italian parsley.

Ingredients:

  • Can of sardines packed in olive oil
  • Few slices of toasted bread
  • 2 tsp Italian parsley, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 hot house seedless cucumber, diced
  • Japanese seasoned vinegar (used for sushi or salad)

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Steps:

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  1. Place diced onions in a bowl. Fill withJapanese seasoned vinegar until onions are covered with liquid. Pickle for about 30 mins. Note that the onions will produce liquid. 
  2. Remove sardines from can and place them on a plate. Using a blow torch, lightly sear the sardines.
  3. Place sardines on toast and top with picked onions, fresh cucumber and parsley.

Brie Brulee with Fig Jam on Toast

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I grew up on white bread toasted with Kraft cheese singles and a dollop of ketchup for sweetness.  I would eagerly wait for the cheese to bubble up in the toaster oven and puff into a bronzed dome.  Brie brulee is my gourmet take on this childhood favorite.  The blow torch further caramelizes the  melted cheese to add a smoky flavor.  Fig jam adds sweetness in this very classic pairing.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 half inch slices of brie, enough to cover a piece of toast
  • 1 tsp fig jam
  • 1 slice whole grain bread

Steps:

  1. Spread fig jam on sliced bread
  2. Lay brie over bread
  3. Toast for 5 mins until cheese has melted but bread not burnt
  4. Using a blow torch run flame quickly over cheese to caramelize
  5. Serve immediately