The breakfast I can whip up the fastest is toast. Buttered, of course. I love the smell of toasted bread and I do adore butter. But, sometimes, well… I want something more but without a lot of extra work. The best solution for me is to flavor the butter. Adding grated garlic, salt and pepper does the trick well but adding chopped fresh herbs is an even better idea.
For today’s toast, I picked some basil from the garden, chopped the leaves with parsley (from the grocery), stirred the greens into softened butter along with grated garlic, salt and white pepper.
I spread the mixture on baguette slices, popped the bread into the turbo broiler and, three minutes later, I had wonderful aromatic toast. But while the bread was in the broiler, I had another idea…
I cut the baguette into more slices, spread the slices with the herb-garlic butter and then I grated cheese all over them.
When the first batch of toast came out of the broiler, I put in the second batch with the grated cheese. While the second batch toasted, I made coffee. And that was breakfast for Speedy and me.
Now, let me recap all that in a more organized way.
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 8 to 10 basil leaves finely chopped
- 1 to 2 sprigs of parsley (leaves only), finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic finely grated
- a generous pinch of salt
- a pinch of white pepper
- slices of baguette (or your bread of choice)
- cheese optional, grated
Stir together the softened butter, chopped basil and parsley, grated garlic, salt and pepper.
Spread the mixture generously on the bread slices. Top with grated cheese, if you like.
Broil (or toast, if using an oven toaster) for about three minutes until the bread is crisp and browned around the edges.
Serve the herb-garlic butter breakfast toast at once.