Elevate your toast experience by getting creative with all kinds of toppings. Turn standard toast into more of a gourmet meal or a super satisfying snack by using ingredients you may have never tried on toast before. These recipes reveal how easy it is to create a simple snack or appetizer by topping toasted bread with sweet or savory ingredients. These combinations are so simple and delicious that you may find yourself wondering why why you've never tried them before.
If you think you're over avocado toast, this topper will change your mind. Make sure to give your tahini a good stir before drizzling. These make for a filling snack, plus they're loaded with protein to help you stay fuller for longer.
The loaded deli bagel works perfectly as an instant toast topper. Greek yogurt has the same tang and richness as cream cheese, and you don't have to wait for it to soften. Sprinkle with additional chives for more punch.
Instead of a PB&J, try a CB&C: smooth cashew butter, bacon, and a bright, crisp-tender carrot salad on top. The perfect savory treat topped with crunchy veggies and crispy bacon. If you have a nut allergy, substitute seed butter or hummus. Make your own cashew butter, or buy it at your local grocery store.
We fancified the classic ham and cheese sammy with prosciutto, Swiss, and pear. Fig preserves provide the can't-quite-place-it sweetness that elevates this toast; you can sub 1/2 teaspoon honey.
Baked Egg-in-a-HoleThese bacon-and-egg toasts make for a fun breakfast or easy dinner.
Roasted Apple-Honey ToastHoney toast is not unfamiliar to folks from Tokyo-metro, Taipei, Singapore, or Bangkok. Really, it's genius. And simple. And able to be interpreted to your heart's content. As many ways as one can craft a sandwich, one can hook up some honey toast. Classically, it's a big fluffy slab of Pullman-type bread, with more than a little butter and a generous amount of honey. Here, the toast is dredged in a sugar to give it an irresistible crisp-meets-sticky exterior.
Mustard Green Pesto and Egg Open-Faced Sandwiches
Any extra pesto will keep refrigerated for 4 days and frozen for up to a month.
Veggie Eggy ScrambleWe like the idea of incorporating veggies into the morning meal, and it's not hard or time-consuming to do. To make it a grab-and-go dish, stuff the scramble into a whole-wheat pita.
Smashed Avocado on ToastSmashed Avocado on Toast is a great snack before a run or workout. With the perfect combination of healthy fats and carbohydrates, this snack will keep your body energized without weighing you down.
Everyone needs a quick and easy garlic toast recipe to serve with hearty pasta entrees. This four ingredient recipe is warm, cheesy and perfect for busy weeknights.
Saucy Shrimp Sauté on ToastCheck around for the best prices on shrimp: Sometimes, it's at the seafood counter; other times, it's in the freezer case. The garlic that's rubbed on the toast at the end lends lots of punch.
Ricotta, Pear and Almond ToastWhat makes this recipe great: Ricotta has more protein and less saturated fat than cream cheese.
Pimento Cheese ToastThis toast is extremely cheesy and creamy with a little kick. Serve for breakfast, lunch or as an anytime snack. We can't get enough!
Country-Ham-and-Egg ToastsTry a Southern take on the French tartine with country ham, green onions, and hard-cooked eggs.
Herbed Onion Parmesan ToastsPerfect for a quick snack—spread a simple mixture of mayonnaise, Parmesan, and green onions over a baguette and broil to perfection.
Toasts with Ricotta and Warm Balsamic-Caramel ApplesOne bite of quick-cooking balsamic-caramel apples and you'll wonder why you never thought of it yourself.
Green Garlic Prosciutto Toasts
Serve these robustly flavored open-face sandwiches as a light dinner with a big salad, or as appetizers, using small slices of baguette.
Multigrain Toast and Red Pepper TapenadeOlives, red bell peppers and garlic blended in a food processor is a savory, bright combination to serve over multigrain toast.
Cabbage-and-Mushroom ToastsYou'll need a knife and fork for these hearty, luscious toasts from chef Steven Satterfield. The cabbage topping would also be delicious as a side dish for roast pork.
BLT BruschettaWatch these mini, open-faced BLTs disappear at your next party. If you're doubling or tripling the recipe, you can set out the toppings and the grilled toasts brushed with olive oil to let your guests build their own.
Curried Spaghetti-Squash-and-Chickpea ToastsSpaghetti squash gets its name because once it's cooked, you can use a fork to pull the flesh into long, thin strands. Jonathon Sawyer makes his own curry and cooks his own chickpeas for this vegetarian dish, but this simplified recipe calls for store-bought curry paste and canned chickpeas. Sawyer roasts the seeds from the squash and uses them as a garnish; pumpkin seeds from the supermarket are a fine substitute.
Tartines with Cheese, Peppers, and ChardA tartine is an open-faced sandwich. This recipe demands a hearty bread (one topped with seeds and intact grains adds a nutrition bonus); it's the best match for the herbed cheese topping.
Glazed-Beet-and-Burrata ToastsTo intensify the flavor of boiled beets and form a rich glaze, cook them a second time in sherry vinegar and sugar before topping the toast.
Garlicky Beans on ToastGarlicky Beans on Toast takes the hot, crunchy breakfast stand-by to a new level. Mornings have never had it so good!
Ricotta-Pistachio ToastKeep weekday mornings interesting with Ricotta-Pistachio Toast for breakfast.
Edamame and Shrimp Bruschetta
Give bruschetta a little kick by topping with pureed edamame and shrimp tossed in lemon zest.
Ham and Cheese TartineThis lean snack of Ham and Cheese Tartine satisfies your craving for something savory. Pick pumpernickel bread as the base for this snack as it has resistant starch, a fat-burning carb.
Pear, Brie, and Balsamic Bruschetta
This bruschetta is both sweet, with pear slices and honey, and savory because of the Brie cheese and balsamic drizzle.
Strawberry BruschettaUsher in the warm days of spring and summer with Strawberry Bruschetta. This refreshing mixture of nectarine, grape tomatoes, strawberries, and basil are served over baguette slices with slatherings of goat cheese.
Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue CheeseSweet-tangy chutney pairs beautifully with pungent blue cheese and toasty pecans. You can make the chutney up to three days in advance; assemble bruschetta shortly before serving.
Northwest Bounty BruschettaBruschetta is a favorite appetizer because it's easy, tasty and versatile. This recipe features so many bold flavors like onion, tart cherries, blue cheese and hazelnuts.
Green Pea Pesto Crostini with Prosciutto
Offering a bright pop of color and requiring next to no prep time, these tasty little toasts are equally ideal for special spring gatherings and casual afternoon snacking. You can assemble them up to 45 minutes before serving and they won't sog out.
Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted GrapesKeep this recipe in your back pocket to use as your go-to for last-minute company.
Beet-and-Goat Cheese CrostiniFor a vibrant display, choose both golden and red beets for Beet-and-Goat Cheese Crostini. The combination of creamy goat cheese, roasted beets, and toasted walnuts is to die for.
Radish and Arugula Crostini with BrieAdd a generous smear of Brie cheese to toasted baguette before topping with peppery radish and arugula.
Saucy Shrimp Sauté on ToastCheck around for the best prices on shrimp: Sometimes, it's at the seafood counter; other times, it's in the freezer case. The garlic that's rubbed on the toast at the end lends lots of punch; for sensitive taste buds, skip that step.
Goat Cheese ToastsServe Goat Cheese Toasts as an accompaniment to your meal or as a nibble at a party. With just five ingredients, they'll be a staple in your dinner or party rotation.
Prosciutto and Cheese TartineAlthough the name tartine often refers to a French open-faced sandwich, this version is closer to Italian focaccia topped with piquant salad.
Tartine with Blackberry Thyme SaladCelebrate berry season with delicious no-cook Tartine with Blackberry Thyme Salad breakfast sandwich. You can substitute blueberries if you can’t find blackberries.
Banana & Almond Butter ToastThis breakfast option couldn't be simpler, but it packs a nutritional wallop. The rye bread and banana will get you halfway to your daily Resistant Starch goal, and the almond butter adds metabolism-boosting MUFAs.
Pear, Parsnip & Fourme d’Ambert TartinesPears and parsnips create an unusual sweet-savory topping for the French-style, open-face sandwiches called tartines.
Mint and Pea Pesto on Toasted BaguetteWe serve Mint and Pea Pesto on Toasted Baguette on the side with pasta, but Mint and Pea Pesto is also good mixed in with your favorite pasta.
Cheddar 'n' Apple Cinnamon-Raisin ToastCheddar 'n' Apple Cinnamon-Raisin Toast adds a tasty crunch to your morning breafast.
Broiled Banana on ToastWhen time is tight in the mornings, try this superfast and yummy open-faced breakfast sandwich.
Crab Toast with Carrot and ScallionThese tasty appetizers are made on whole wheat baguette and are topped with a mixture of crab, soy sauce, green onions, sriracha, and sesame seeds.
Tomato ToastSummer appetizers don't get any easier than this! Quickly sauté tomato with butter and parsley before topping fresh baguette.
Toast with Walnut & Pear Breakfast SpreadCottage cheese packs CLA, walnuts add some omega-3s, and pear contributes fiber, making this easy dish a great way to jump-start your metabolism in the morning.
Roasted Garlic Toasts with Olio NuovoAlthough you can use regular extra-virgin olive oil in this recipe, olio nuovo works better. It's pungent enough to stand up to the roasted garlic's strong flavor.
Spread pesto over country bread and top with bell pepper, tomato, and feta to prepare this flavorful bruschetta.
Open-Faced Shrimp-and-Avocado Sandwiches
These open-faced sandwiches are topped with tons of tasty ingredients: shrimp, avocado, bacon, and mayonnaise. For a sturdy sandwich base, use a thicker cut of bread.