Oh, hey there! It’s been a few years and some stuff has happened around here! I made another human and it was hard work, but he’s almost two and a half now and I think it probably takes about that much time to become human again. He’s got crazy curly hair, an epic side eye and has my love for salty, briny things. I’m getting him a jar of fancy green olives for Christmas, because I know he’ll really appreciate them. Basically, my food twin.
We’ve done a lot of cooking and eating the last few years (and boy is my waistline solid, er soft, proof of this) and are still learning how to use food to bring us around the table as a family every day. Dinner is still a sacred place where we all gather together around a shared meal. It’s not always (rarely) glamorous which means many cold bowls of cereal topped with questionable blueberries but sometimes I pull together a quick sheet pan dinner with vegetables that everyone eats! It’s the small things in life, y’all!
Whatever our meal will be, one thing is certain, it has to be quick to be successful. Between school, work and bedtime, there just isn’t much time to get dinner on the table, so I rely on quick recipes to get us to the table as fast as possible. In the summer and early fall, this tomato toast is a life saver. Besides being fast, you can make it with as little effort as popping a piece of crusty bread into the toaster. I like to pan fry the bread in a skillet, because, well it’s delicious, but a toaster would be a fine substitute!
tomato toast with scallion labneh
serves 4 hungry, tomato loving humans
A good loaf of bread and peak season tomatoes will make this dish sing. Get the best you can find!
4 slices of good quality country bread, 1” thick
1 cup labneh
2 scallions, thinly sliced
½ cup cherry tomatoes (red or dark red), halved
2 medium heirloom tomatoes (red or dark red), thickly sliced
¾ tsp kosher salt
1 large garlic clove, peeled and sliced in half crosswise
Olive oil for brushing bread and pan
Large flake salt
Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Drizzle olive oil over bread slices, on both sides.
Rub the cut garlic (cut side down) over each side of the bread.
Working in batches, add the bread to the hot pan, being careful not to crowd the pieces. Toast until deeply browned, about 3 minutes. Flip over and turn the heat down to medium high. Toast until well charred. Set aside.
Mix together labneh, scallion and 3/4 tsp salt in a small bowl.
Spoon a heaping tablespoon of scallion labneh over each slice of bread. Top with slices of heirloom tomatoes and sprinkle cherry tomatoes over. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over tomatoes and top with flaky salt and freshly ground pepper.