Author Jean Morrison
Lunchtime Toast Topping
This easy recipe involves mixing up a few ingredients, piling them on toast or an English muffin and plonking it all in the oven. Now that is quick and easy.
I've left the amounts variable - put in whatever amount you like really. I never measure any of this.
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Quantity: Negotiable, depending on quantities used
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Finely chopped tomato, juice drained away
1 very small chopped onion
Slices of bread or English muffins, just barely toasted
Mix all ingredients together well. Pile onto buttered toast or toasted English muffins. Place in a hot oven for 10 minutes or so until cheese has melted and is lightly browning.
Don't make the toast too brown - remember it has to go into the oven for 10 minutes after so you don't want it over-done.
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