This is reminiscent of my childhood years, when I used to spend most of my weekends at my grandparents’ house. My Grandma had this strange looking electric grill pan with coil type heating lid, in which she used to cook a lot of food ranging from meatballs to fish. I still remember how everything that was cooked, or rather broiled, in that strange looking grill pan came out incredibly delicious!  These little breakfast boats were one of those delicious treats that my Grandma used to make using that appliance. Actually this very useful and multi-functional nostalgic kitchen appliance has apparently become popular again because I have seen it on sale in many places recently. But in the end, whether you have one of these appliances or not doesn’t really matter since you can make these Little Breakfast Boats  in your regular oven, using the broil setting or in your stove-top mini oven, if you have one.
This recipe is obviously quite versatile since you can use your favorite cheeses and add any other supplementary additions, as long as you blend them with eggs into a spreadable mixture! The version I share here is one that my Grandpa used to enjoy most although he never had a great appetite for normal dishes.  It’s possibly the most modest and simplest version of all but it’s exactly the way me and my Grandpa used to like it. Last but not least, I should also mention that this treat is not just meant for breakfast actually. It is just as great to have with your afternoon tea. So let’s get on with it…

Ingredients

(2 kişilik)

  • 150 gr Turkish white cheese (or feta cheese)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-2 sweet long green peppers
  • 1 medium size or 2 small tomatoes (the kind that are less juicy)
  • Red pepper flakes, blackpepper, marjoram, thyme, dried mint etc
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil to drizzle on bread
  • A few small knobs of butter to place on top
  • Half a loaf of baguette or any other bread of your choice

Step by step method

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  1. Cut bread into two pieces lengthwise and remove some of the inner part to form a small well. Start heating broiler.
  2. Place cheese in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. (If you opt for some yellow type of cheese, use a grater).
  3. Wash and remove seeds from the peppers, dice them and add to the cheese.
  4. Wash and peel tomato and dice. Add to the cheese mixture and combine. If you can’t find intense tomatoes and are using any other type of tomatoes you should remove the seeds and use only the flesh since most regular tomatoes will release too much liquid.
  5. In another bowl lightly beat egg and add to the cheese mixture.
  6. Add whatever spices you prefer to the mixture and combine. Turkish white cheese or feta cheese is usually quite salty so I never need to add any extra salt to this mixture but you can adjust depending on the saltiness of the cheese you use.
  7. Drizzle the bread with a little bit of olive oil and place the mixture equally over both pieces of bread, spreading to the rim as well.
  8. Place a few knobs of butter  and bake under the broiler until color turns a nice golden, about 8-10 minutes depending on the force of the broiler you use.

Bon Appétit!