Friday, January 23, 2009

Simply Supper-Not your ordinary Cheese Toast

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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

Fresh basil

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.

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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.

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Mary said...

Rhoda, I love healthy recipes like this, I can't wait to try it, looks so yummy!
Congrats on your win of the rug. It sounds wonderful!

Barbara said...

That looks great! Impossible to diet when one blogs...recipes everywhere. Just wanted to say hello, I am having serious problems posting. Looking forward to meeting you in Nashville.

cityfarmer said...

off to the market....a great supper for a cold midwest night

Carol said...

Hey, Rhoda........
I love these simple one dish meals.
Since it's just the two of us,it's all we need. Besides, I love goat cheese!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhoda,
The recipe looks great!

Congratulations on the rug...I look forward to seeing it on your blog!

Blondie's Journal said...

Rhoda...This recipe looks scrumptious! I love to play around with roasted or sauteed veggies on anything from pizza crusts to pita bread. The thick Italian bread looks much more hearty to soak up all those juices. Thanks for the recipe. Need I say I'm going to try it tonite?? :-)

Congrats on your free rug! Somehow I knew you would choose an animal print! ;-)

xoxo
Jane

southerninspiration said...

oh, wow, that looks fantastic!! And congrats on winning the rug!! How cool is that???

Suzanne

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

My mouth is watering! It looks so good! This Lazy Mom likes easy recipes so this is right up my alley. The rug is going to be gorgeous! Can't wait to see it, lucky you!

Mrs. Trixi said...

Oh, my, Rhoda, this looks so good. I may have to make a trip to town to get the ingredients.

Terri and Bob said...

LOL Go see what I posted today! I'll be trying your dish soon!

imjacobsmom said...

Mmmm! This is making my mouth water. I think that I will try this for lunch today with my Mom. ~ Robyn

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Yum, Rhoda! This looks SO good!

Xo,

Sheila :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum! That looks good. Congratulations on your win.
Have a great weekend.
Glenda

Olive Rue said...

Oh that looks yummy, Rhoda! I'm so lucky to have a hubby that does all the cooking. We trade off. He cooks. I clean!

Don't forget to come sign up for my Valentine's Day giveaway. It starts today. :-) Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Natalie said...

Mouthwatering.

Must make.

Too hungry to type in complete sentences.

-Nat :)

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Looks delicious Rhoda! Can't wait to try them!
~Misti

Melanie said...

This looks great, Rhoday. I like goat cheese a lot.
Melanie@Bella~Mella

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks like tasty toast!

An Accomplished Woman said...

Very interesting recipe. Looks yummy. Congrats on the rug. You, as always, have excellent taste.

niartist said...

Rhoda,
This is gorgeous, and delicious looking! Mmmm, thanks!

Sandy said...

Hey Rhoda, anything with goat cheese makes me happy :) I noticed you are going to Bliss? We finally get to meet! :) xo

justabeachkat said...

Yum...that looks so yummy. I think that and a glass of red wine would be perfect anytime...lunch or dinner. Thanks for the recipe.

Congrats on winning the giveaway.

Hugs!
Kat

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

Thanks for stopping by our site! Your site is great...love it!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You had me at cheese toast!

Ms. Tee said...

Heavens, this looks sooo yummy! :)

Bo said...

Hi Ms. Rhoda...Quick, easy & satisfying...just my kind of recipe! Thanks! ;-) Bo

Coffee with Cathy said...

Love this, Rhoda! You'd probably like one of my favorite little cookbooks -- "On Toast" by Susannah Blake. It's full of yummy and cozy comfort toast food like this.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

As a vegetarian I have this to say...YUM!!!!

:-)

Betty Jo said...

Yum! This recipe sounds wonderful. Congrats on your win too. Your rug will be beautiful. xoxo

Laura said...

What a great recipe for dinner! We make a similar version as bruschetta topped with sauted fennel, red onion, and tomato but we cut the goat cheese with cream cheese for the kids!

joyandjanet said...

YUMM-O Rhoda - thanks for the recipe!

Joy
xo