If I don't consume mac and cheese at least once a week, I'm having a rough go of things. It's one of my absolute favourite things to eat and I've written quite a few mac and cheese recipes to date. Whether you're the kind of person who likes noodles, cheese and that's it, or the kind of person who wants veggies and crumb toppings, I've got a mac and cheese recipe for you. Let's celebrate mac and cheese together with 5 of my favourite mac recipes including this week's Southern Mac & Cheese!
I've really been trying to dip my toes in the water of baking / desserts lately, because I don't really love the idea of not being good at something. Can I whip a batch of muffins without a recipe? Probs not, but I can follow a recipe like no one else lol With that being said, here's a couple baked goods I prepared these past couple weeks and what I did differently, loved, or hated. :)
Brunch toasts are my absolute favourite thing to enjoy on the weekends. I love everything about them, especially that it's your entire meal in one beautiful toast. The combinations are endless when it comes to brunch toasts, but there are three components to a good brunch toast that you must always remember;
1. Good Quality Bread
Most. Important. Factor. The bread is by far, the most important part of your brunch toast and any old slice won' do. No name brand white sliced bread will be acceptable for a delicious brunch toast. What you need is a fresh loaf, something large and in charge. Italian, French Baguettes, Sourdough Miche, Rye etc., you want large, thick slices of fresh bread that grill beautifully and hold up to all of the toppings without getting soggy and grosse.
2. Make It A Meal
Sure, avo toast is a wonderful snack and there's so many different fancy avo toasts on the internet to choose from, but those are not a meal. When creating your brunch toast, I like to look for 3 or 4 different components from various food groups. Fried eggs, beans or chickpea spreads for protein. Sautéed spinach, kale, or other greens for your veggie component. Fresh garnishes that include grated cheeses, fresh herbs, and antioxidant rich spices. You want to try and cram as many things as possible on your beautiful toast that not only make sense together, but come together to help shape a complete meal.
3. Grilled Vs Toasted
The bread should ALWAYS be grilled. Grilled toasts are nice and crispy on the outside while retaining their fluffiness on the inside, which is ideal when you're using fresh loaves like Sourdough or Rye. Toasting them will simply make them crunchy the whole way through and that beautiful, thick slice of fresh bread becomes a crunchy crouton. Always, always, always, grill the bread <3
Jonathan - Happy Veg
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