Monday, October 1, 2012

rustic pumpkin toasts

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sometimes i just want toast - prettied up toasts, plain toast, pb & jelly toasts.
after making the rosemary & olive peasant bread i was totally craving a big ol slice toasted with a whole lotta goodness piled high. almost like an open faced sandwich that thinks it's classy.
a classy little rustic pumpkin toast is what it turned out to be.
a few of these beauties served along side beluga lentils & butternut squash and
you could say i was one happy girl

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these are super quick and easy and i bet you have most of the ingredients or a variation on hand.
i love all the different textures that are piled high on each little toast - sweet & savory, just the way i like it
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this is an excellent way to use up a couple of slices of day old bread.
fun for lunch or a simple appetizer for a girls night in.
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the tofu mix may seem a little odd but trust me on this - it tastes good!
the hint of maple with the pumpkin are just meant to be together add in a little spice from the arugula, sweetness of the cranberries and crunch from the pepitas - your taste buds will be high fiving each other!DSC07991.jpg
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for me this seemed like an odd combination at first, i was kinda afraid i was going to scare you away with this one...but the flavors more than worked - they rocked!
 
tell me, do you have a memorable recipe or combination that you almost second guessed yourself on but ended up being fabulous?
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Rustic Pumpkin Toasts
makes 8 toasts

you will need:
8 slices rosemary olive peasant bread - lightly toasted
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup mashed firm tofu
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
pinch celtic salt
handful arugula
2 tbsp pepitas
2 tbsp dried cranberries

assembly:
lightly toast your bread under the broiler on low - about 3-5 minutes

in a medium bowl mix tofu, maple syrup, thyme and salt

to assemble the toasts - spread a layer of pumpkin, then a layer of seasoned tofu, top with a few arugula leaves and sprinkle with cranberries & pepitas.
continue with the remaining 7 toasts.

enjoy!
Yum

19 comments:

  1. This looks delicious...What a great idea!

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    1. Thanks Lysa- they were so quick and yummy....i was starving that day and needed something super fast :)

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  2. that looks like the perfect autumn snack or light dinner. a perfect menu item on your future bagette 'n' toppings cafe ;)

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    1. Hahaha I totally though of you and Richa when I made this - I think i need to hire Richa to make my GF breads for my "cafe" and you as my official cupcake maker!

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  3. How could that not make your happy little tastebuds give each other high fives! Awesome!

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  4. So pretty! I love eating toasts too, and these look super delicious. All the toppings sound great, so why wouldn't they be tasty all together? :)

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  5. I want these for dinner tonight! They look so so so yummy! :) I adore cranberries and pepitas. Perfect topping for these toasts! :)

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    1. Me too - I love pepitas and cranberries this time of year!

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  6. I love those little delicious toasts they are so cute but flavoursome :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Hehe I laughed so much at "open faced sandwich that thinks it's classy". Best line ever!

    These look amazing, so good for fall :)

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    1. Hahaha your comment just made me giggle - I thought it was pretty funny, I am glad someone else was amused too :)

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  8. I never, ever would have thought to mix maple syrup in my tofu, but it sounds awesome! My tastebuds are already giving each other high fives!

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    1. Thank goodness I am not the only one whose tastebuds high five one another - they can get a little crazy at times :)

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  9. That looks like heaven! Can’t wait to try it. Drool!:D

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