Toast Tuesday- sweet potato bagel toast

Over the past few years toast has become a social media phenomena. For people everywhere it has become impossible to enjoy a bite of avocado toast without first taking a picture to post to an instagram account. The hashtag #avocadotaost has 1/2 a million tags and #toast almost 3 million tags. This is all for a good reason. Toast is easy to prepare, provides a perfect crispy crunch making it a great blank canvas for endless possibilities of flavor combinations. 

I’ve seen toast even pop up here in Fresno! The recently opened Hi-Top Coffee, a quaint coffee shop on Wishon south of McKinley, that serves a few different versions of toast. The Sweet Greens is toast with a pesto base topped with a generous portion of avocados. They also serve Sticky Lips, a peanut butter and honey toast, with the option to top with fresh seasonal fruit. Along with to toast, the coffee is great and the venue has a wonderful vibe complete with plenty of tables to sit to get work done. Don’t forget the oversized bean bag chairs that my daughter loves. I would definitely suggest checking them out. Don’t forget to snap a picture in front of their art wall featuring the artist, Quinn Bowman. 

Over the past year, I have seen toast taken to the next level with the use of sweet potatoes as the “toast” base. This is a great option for those on a carb restricted diet. It is definitely no secret that I love sweet potatoes, not only the flavor but for the wonderful health benefits. Sweet potatoes are tubers that they are high in fiber, low in starch, and contain plenty of vitamin A. 

Sweet Potato Bagels -

To make sweet potato toast just as convenient as regular sliced bread you need to spend a little time  prepping in advance. Spend 45 minutes while your making another dish to prepare you sweet potato “toast” slices. I thinly slice 2-3 sweet potatoes and place the slices on a baking sheet. Bake them in the oven for about 30minutes at 350º until the edges turn light golden. Remove them from the oven and let them cool. You can continue to use the sweet potatoes to make your recipe or store the slices in an airtight container in the fridge for later use. Now, when you are ready to make a batch of toast for breakfast or snack, all you have to do is take a few pieces from the fridge pop it into the toaster and continue on. Easy peasy lemon squeeze-y.

Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning -

For this recipe, one of the key ingredients is the Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning from Trader Joe’s. This little bottle is packed with delicious flavors. It brings me back to enjoying Saturday morning bagels with my dads. Not only will you use it for this recipe, it can be used on avocado toast as well as on top of cooked salmon, sprinkled on salads and even grilled chicken. 

Sweet Potato Bagels

Large Sweet Potato, 1-2
1 Avocado, smashed
Small package Smoked Salmon
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
Cherry tomatoes, sliced
Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut Sweet Potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes until softened. 
At this point they can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week to be used later.

To prepare toast:
Toast sweet potato slices in a toaster oven.
Spread on smashed avocado and add a few pieces of smoked salmon. Layer on sliced tomatoes & onion and sprinkle on Bagel Sesame Seasoning. 

Image from Krolls Korner

Image from Krolls Korner

Since we are talking about sweet potato toast, I have to share the Sweet Potato peanut butter and banana toast from one of my favorite Fresno food bloggers, Tawie at Krolls Korner. I have had the pleasure of working with Tawnie over the years and love the recipes that she develops and shares with the community. She also works for Clovis Unified putting together healthy, balanced meals for the students to enjoy. I love this version of sweet potato toast

The possibilities are limitless... do you think you will try out this version of toast? Share your favorite combinations in the comments below.