6 Sensational Cheese Toasts to Pair with Everything

By: Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D.  |  Friday, September 30, 2016

Don't worry, good ol' grilled cheese, we still love you. But sometimes we want to shake things up a bit. Welcome cheese toast, aka an open-faced grilled cheese or tartine. No need for a frying pan or spatula-cheese toasts can be thrown together with whatever you have in the fridge or pantry.
To make them, simply start with a slice of toasted baguette for the base (or you can use whatever bread or sturdy cracker you have on hand). Layer on your favorite cheese and a few other ingredients to fancy it up. For a go-to combo, try a little salty cheese topped with jam and some crunchy nuts or seeds. Or get creative and try one of the other ideas below.
Serve as appetizers or a snack, or pair one with your next soup or salad. The possibilities are meltingly delicious!
1. Fig Jam + Blue Cheese + Toasted Walnuts
A classic sweet, savory and crunchy trio, these cheese toasts also make a great holiday appetizer.
2. Prosciutto + Arugula + Pecorino Cheese
Modeled after the simple baguette sandwiches in Europe, a bit of cured prosciutto is paired with peppery arugula and earthy Pecorino cheese.
3. Cream Cheese + Smoked Salmon + Dill
This classic combination is usually served with a bagel, but it's fantastic on toast too. Sprinkle on red onion and capers, if you have them.
4. Ricotta + Lemon Zest + Fresh Cracked Pepper
Creamy ricotta gets an infusion of flavor when topped with pungent lemon zest and spicy cracked pepper.
5. Tomato + Cheddar Cheese
A fresh tomato topped with Cheddar cheese and toasted reminds us of tomato soup and grilled cheese.
6. Goat Cheese + Rosemary + Honey
Floral rosemary, creamy goat cheese and sweet honey make this cheese toast almost elegant.
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