Egg & Pesto on Grilled Gluten-Free Toast

egg and pesto on grilled gluten-free toast
Egg and pesto on grilled gluten-free toast.

We're getting our Cape Cod house ready to sell. In the midst of weeding out and recycling, I stumbled upon this ancient menu- circa age nine. Apparently I was big on toast. Not to mention, canned peaches. And glasses of milk. A dozen yellowed pages stapled together as my very first cookbook. 

All comfort food (no big surprise).

Since going gluten-free, we don't eat much toast. But once in a blue moon I make a pretty tasty gluten-free Italian-style loaf and freeze the slices for grilled sandwiches and brunch.

After a morning of cleaning and packing we decided to finish up the last few slices from a Gluten-Free Pantry Country French Bread Mix I baked last week. Slathered with Our Favorite Basil Pesto and topped with an egg fried sunny side up, it was a dish my nine-year-old self would have appreciated. Simple. And fast.

And did I mention, on toast?

Egg + Pesto on Grilled Toast Recipe

Grilling gluten-free bread in a little olive oil covers a multitude of sins. No kidding. Add a bit of chopped fresh garlic and basil pesto and you'll have a serious treat. No deprivation in sight.


4 slices of your favorite gluten-free bread
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as needed
Prepared Basil Pesto
4 fresh large organic free-range eggs
Sea salt & fresh ground pepper
Shredded Parmesan, or vegan shreds, as needed


Lightly toast then grill the bread in a large skillet with enough olive oil to coat both sides of the toast.

Grill till sizzling and golden.

In the meantime, in a separate skillet, fry the eggs to your liking- over easy or sunny side up. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Spread a generous slather of pesto on each grilled toast. Top with an egg and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Serves two.

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Kalyn said...

Love the drawings. You were showing your art talent already at age 9.

Catherine said...

Hi Karina,

Thanks for sharing - very sweet. My 5 year old likes to eat out at restaurants. If we are having lunch at home, she likes to set up a "restaurant" at home with signs on the walls and menus.

lucette said...

Did you keep the menu? If it was me, I couldn't bear to throw it out, but then I'm a notorious clutterer and saver.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your menu [circa age nine]! Wow! You were simply born with the artistic flair for food preparation and presentation in true artistic form!

Happy packing!!


karina said...

Kalyn~ I always loved to draw. And I was always interested in good food - that's for sure! ;-)

Catherine~ How sweet! My two boys did the same! They drew menus and signs and made place cards. Too cute! [Maybe you'll share some on your blog?]

Lucette~ I did keep it. And I have bins of stuff the boys drew.

Cara~ Thanks for visiting! [I miss you.] We are too busy - crazy - with all the prep work & details. But it's also fun. ;-) [Ask me again in a month, ha!]

Ellen said...

I can't believe you saved those papers.....that's great! What a treasure to be able to see the roots of your interest in food. Very sweet!

MM said...

How funny! I too drew a whole set of "menus" when I was a kid and played restuarant! Other kids played doctor ... I just wanted to cook.

Apparently, my mum kept some of my menus. Hey, that looks like my kind of brekkie by the way. Yums!

Er, if ye have any stuff to offload, I can send you my address ... LOL.

karina said...

Ellen~ It was fun to find it!

mm~ You'll have to post some of your kid menus - do you still have any? Ah...if you're ever in the area, stop by and have brekkie with me!

Anonymous said...

I cannot tell you how many times I've indulged myself with poached eggs on toast slathered with pesto! I'd not thought of the combination and it's deee-vine. Rustic bread from Central Market, Steve's pesto, eggs poached to perfection, lots of cracked pepper, a smidgen of salt ... it's become one of my favorite meals, breakfast or dinner. Thank you! Susan

k a r i n a said...

Thank you, Susan!

[Anything you can schmear pesto on works for me. ;-)]


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