Cuban Caesar Salad

Cuban Caesar Salad. This twist on the classic Caesar features tostones, avocado, manchego cheese, and a zesty dressing that I can't get enough of. | hostthetoast.com

Do you have one classic dish that you simply can’t get enough of? One that you will order, without fail, every time you go out? If so, welcome to the club. James and I have eaten Caesar Salad at least once a week for the past… I don’t know… two years? Yeah, I’m serious.

In fact, I often try to find ways to incorporate Caesar Salad into my meals when I’m not eating Caesar Salad. I’ll put a Caesar spin on brussels sprouts. I’ll eat Chicken Caesar Pizza. I’ll lay a coat of Caesar dressing on things it clearly doesn’t belong on. I’ll make fusion recipes with my favorite ethnic foods and –you guessed it– Caesar salad.

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Crispy Salami Chips with Warm Muffuletta Dip

Crispy Salami Chips with Warm Muffuletta Dip. Crunchy baked genoa salami is perfect for scooping this cheesy, tangy dip. | hostthetoast.com

Crispy Salami Chips with Warm Muffuletta Dip. Crunchy baked genoa salami is perfect for scooping this cheesy, tangy dip. | hostthetoast.com
You know how, on the best pizza slices, the pepperoni forms little cups that get super crunchy along the edges and it’s the most delicious thing to ever happen to cured meat?  Or when you get the entire strip of bacon (including the fatty streaks) to get crispy without burning it, and it’s like a major victory of mouthfeel? These Salami Chips are kind of like that, but with baked, deli-sliced genoa salami and you use them to scoop up warm and tangy dip. What? Oh yes.

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Classic Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Classic Creamy Macaroni and Cheese. Simply the best. | hostthetoast.com

Classic Creamy Macaroni and Cheese. Simply the best. | hostthetoast.com

If anyone were ever to call me a recipe purist, they’d be wildly mistaken. I like my foods fusion-ified. I like them loaded with crazy amounts of fillings and toppings, and authenticity always follows far behind enjoyability when it comes to my meals. I do not have a Plain Jane appetite, to say the least. However, when it comes to the classic comforts– chocolate chip cookies, brownies, meatballs, and macaroni and cheese, for example– every person absolutely has to have a traditional, dependable, and totally delectable recipe under their belt. It’s a must.

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Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce. Flavorful sausage is wrapped up in tender chicken breasts, baked, and topped with a tangy sauce for an easy and impressive weeknight dinner! | hostthetoast.com

Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce. Flavorful sausage is wrapped up in tender chicken breasts, baked, and topped with a tangy sauce for an easy and impressive weeknight dinner! | hostthetoast.com

When I was in college, “Chicken Rollatini” was one of the first recipes I ever added to my regular rotation.  Chicken Rollatini is an Italian-American dish that involves rolling up fillings inside of thinly sliced and pounded chicken breast halves, and then baking them.  You may also hear them referred to as Involtini or Roulade, but to me, they will always be inauthentically and affectionately called Rollatini.

I used to fill my Rollatini with spinach and ricotta, or broccoli and cheddar, or whatever ingredients I managed to scrounge together with my broke-student budget.  Being broke bred some creativity, and there wound up being countless variations that I fell in love with– some of which might also be credited with getting James to fall in love with me (the perks of cooking for your crush in college)! Although I enjoyed a lot of combinations, Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Rollatini was always my favorite (and James’, too).

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Freezer-Friendly Everything Bagel Bombs

Freezer-Friendly Everything Bagel Bombs. Cheese, ham, and eggs are stuffed into bagel-ified dough for the perfect reheatable breakfast for busy mornings.  Only 240 calories per serving! | hostthetoast.com

Raise your hand if you don’t have time in the morning before work to make yourself a filling, healthy, and delicious breakfast.

Hello, my fellow sad-excuse-for-breakfast buddies.  I feel your pain.

Freezer-Friendly Everything Bagel Bombs. Cheese, ham, and eggs are stuffed into bagel-ified dough for the perfect reheatable breakfast for busy mornings.  Only 240 calories per serving! | hostthetoast.com

Not to worry, though. What I’m about to tell you will change your breakfast game forever.

You can have ham, egg, and melted cheese stuffed everything bagels for breakfast every morning in just one minute and fifteen seconds, for only 240 calories.  BAM. YOUR MIND=BLOWN, RIGHT?!

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