Hello friends! Long time no chat. I've been on a blogging sabbatical for the past nine months, but I'm back and better than ever! Don't think that since I haven't been blogging, I haven't been doing my fair share of cooking and eating out. I've been doing plenty of both and have tons of new additions to the Chicago Restaurant Guide to show for it (some favorites include Ruxbin, La Sirena Clandestina, Disotto Enoteca, Antique Taco, The Violet Hour and more), so be sure to check that out.
I'm re-entering the blogging game with a super simple, but delicious tartine recipe. "It's toast," you say, "how mind blowing could it really be?" Um, very. This recipe will elevate your toast game to a whole new level.
Slices of good quality bread are topped with a generous helping of avocado, a spicy herby green harissa and a sprinkling of tangy feta. The result is a wonderfully well-balanced mix of flavors.
Throw some protein (chicken, egg, tofu, shrimp) on top and make into a sandwich if you're feeling something heartier. You'll have plenty of green harissa left over, which you can save to make more tartines, serve with seafood or chicken or toss with pasta.
Avocado & Green Harissa Toast
Makes 2 tartines (plus extra harissa)
1 clove garlic
1 c cilantro
1/2 c mint leaves
1/2 c parsley
2 jalepenos, stemmed and seeded to your heat preference
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground fennel seed
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tbsp Greek yogurt
2 slices high-quality bread (I used a great multigrain sourdough)
Salt and pepper
In a food processor, add the garlic, cilantro, mint, parsley, jalepenos, lemon juice, cumin, fennel, salt and pulse to combine. With the motor going, drizzle in the olive oil until blended but still a little rough. Add in Greek yogurt slowly, tasting as you go, until the mixture has reached your desired creaminess. Transfer to a container and set aside.
|Try leftover harissa with pasta, shrimp or another toast combo|
Toast your bread. Mash up the avocado with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add half of the avocado mash to each slice of bread. Next, spread a few spoonfuls of harissa on top of the avocado. Crumble a layer of feta over the harissa. Aaaaaand enjoy your delicious sammy!
|Oh you fancy, huh?|
Source: adapted from Sprouted Kitchen