Here’s a great little recipe for a quick and easy meal that we just loved. It’s from Better Homes and Gardens & this pic is from the magazine (hence the bad quality of the scan). It’s basically a hearty Tuscan style bread slathered in goat cheese (YUM!) and covered in sauteed vegetables. This was whipped up in no time and my hubby, Peter, loved it too. So this one gets an honored place in the recipe book:
Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast
8 slices crusty wheat bread
1/2 an 8-oz. pkg. peeled baby carrots (I used the bagged variety & sliced lengthwise)
1 – 8 oz. pkg. mushrooms, halved (I used baby portobellas already sliced)
2-3 cloves garlic chopped or minced
1 small red onion (I used a sweet onion) cut in thin wedges
2 TBS olive oil
4 oz. soft goat cheese
Preheat broiler. Place bread on baking sheet, set aside. In large skillet cook carrots, mushrooms, garlic & onion in hot olive oil over med.-high heat 2 to 3 minutes, until vegetables just begin to brown. Add 2 TBL water, cover and cook over med.-high heat 5 minutes, or until veggies are crisp-tender, stirring once. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (I didn’t add the water, just let the veggies simmer, I like them sorta carmelized).
Meanwhile, for cheese toast, lightly toast bread under broiler, both sides 1 to 2 minutes. Spread goat cheese on one side of each slice. Broil 3 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese is softened.
On plates, top cheese toast with vegetables. Drizzle with additional olive oil, sprinkle with fresh basil. I didn't do this last step, but the fresh basil would be great. I did use dried basil while sauteeing.Serves 4.
Dig in! It’s a really yummy dish, but you may want to save this one for yourself and hubby to enjoy on a special evening or fix the kids some mac and cheese!
I have some other really exciting news. This was an absolute shock, but I won a giveaway! And not just any giveaway. It's a custom rug from Darlene at Our Creative Life. Click here to see the rugs she had up for grabs in her 100th giveaway post. I get to choose what I want and I picked a black 4' round rug with a zebra initial in the middle, a big M. Won't that be pretty? I'll have to wait a little while for it, but when it gets here, you'll be the first to see it. I think it's going in my foyer to greet guests right inside the front door. Thanks again, Darlene! I'm flat tickled pink.