Not your ordinary toast. Italian Bruschetta.
To make the tomato topping, saute scallions and garlic in a pan with olive oil and salt. Then add a box of grape tomatoes, cover the pan, turn down the heat to a medium to medium-high, and wait 10-15 minutes. Then pop the tomatoes, add cooking wine, mirin, pepper, chili powder, and cumin. Cook the liquids down and then set aside. Slice any kind of long bread like a baguette or ciabatta bread about half a inch thick each piece. Brush the slices of bread with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and broil in the oven at 400 degrees for a few minutes until slightly browned. Take them out of the oven, put some cheese on the top [Parmesan, Asiago, Cheddar, Mozzarella] and put back into the oven for a minute or two. After they are done, add the tomato mixture on top of each slice of grilled bread, along with some pancetta, and serve.
It was so good. =]
Panini Time. without the panini bread?
A whole wheat roll stuffed with chopped chili-rubbed chicken, low-sodium sharp cheddar cheese, medium aged Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese, and tomatoes. Sounds like a lot of cheese, but only a little of each was added. I spread a little bit of butter [made from olive oil] on the bottom and top of the bread for grilling on my George Foreman Grill. Excellent with Wasabi Ginger sauce for a kick. Who says you need a panini press to get panini sandwiches?