10-Minute Fig & Brie Toast

My inspiration for this toast came from my month stay in Portugal. In the US, fancy toast on restaurants menus is often limited to the ubiquitous avocado toast. Not in Portugal! Many brunch restaurants and coffee shops had multiple fancy toasts on their menus: thick, flavorful bread piled high with veggies, spreads, and eggs with lots of vegetarian and vegan options. This customizable fig & brie toast is my best replica of a similar delicious toast from Baoba cafe, a cute coffee shop right near the Bica Ascensor (if you happen to be in Lisbon). Here’s THE toast, the original toast this recipe is based on:

The OG toast

Also, fancy toast is awesome. You can make it if all you have at home is a toaster – no need for an oven or burner (which coincidentally came in handy in the tiny kitchen of my Portugal rental). You can think of this recipe as more of a template than a final word, and adjust to your own tastes. Toast is underrated. Not only is it fast to assemble, it can use nutritious ingredients and can be refreshing, customizable, and delicious.

I love this dish because:

  • It takes less than 10 minutes to assemble
  • Delicious
  • Nutritious
  • Easy to customize
  • Easy to veganize
  • Flavorful

The main ingredients are:

  • Bread – I recommend a sturdy sourdough – consider that you’ll be piling a bunch of stuff on top. A softer bread is not great for this recipe
  • Figs – The key! IMO figs are terribly underused in the US. When I think of a fig, my mind goes to Fig Newtons. In Portugal, fresh figs were much more common on menus and in the grocery stores. You are most likely to find fresh figs in June or in August-October if you’re in the US, though availability will vary depending on exact location. If it’s off-season or you just can’t find ’em, you can rehydrate dried figs and it’s still really good. Don’t be turned off by how wrinkly they are! Dried figs were also really easy to find in my neighborhood, which surprised me since I’d never looked for them before.
  • Brie cheese – or your favorite soft cheese (hummus is a great vegan or dairy-free substitute).
  • Tomato, Romaine lettuce, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette
  • Variations: Add fig jam to the toast for an extra figgy punch; add crushed pecans for some crunch; butter your toast for something more savor; switch out the cheese for hummus to make it vegan; sprinkle flax or chia for extra nutrition…I’m sure you can think of more!

How would you customize this toast? Let me know in the comments!

Customizable Fig & Brie Toast

<10 minutes with figs prepped, serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 large slices of sturdy bread like sourdough (or 4 small slices)
  • 1 ounce Brie cheese, sliced into small pieces (vegan sub: 2 tablespoons hummus)
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 4 leaves Romaine lettuce, torn to size of bread
  • 4 figs, slices, either fresh of rehydrated dried figs
  • One drizzle balsamic vinagrette
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (optional)

Equipment

All you need is a toaster!

Directions

Prep your figs. If you have fresh figs, skips this step. If you have dried figs, rehydrate them by boiling some water, pouring it over the dried figs. Let them sit for 1-2 hours and they will soften. I recommend only soaking what you’ll use in a few days’ time and leaving the rest dried, as that will reduce possible waste.

Toast your bread to your desired toastyness. I like it just browned and crispy.

Assemble the layers: Brie, tomato, lettuce, figs, drizzle of balsamic, pecans (if using). Enjoy!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. This is so yummy. Thanks for following my blog .Anita

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try this!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks! Let me know how it goes!

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