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!


A classic sweet, savory and crunchy trio, these cheese toasts also make a great holiday appetizer.


Modeled after the simple baguette sandwiches in Europe, a bit of cured prosciutto is paired with peppery arugula and earthy Pecorino cheese.


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.


Creamy ricotta gets an infusion of flavor when topped with pungent lemon zest and spicy cracked pepper.

a slice of toast with cheese and tomato

A fresh tomato topped with Cheddar cheese and toasted reminds us of tomato soup and grilled cheese.


Floral rosemary, creamy goat cheese and sweet honey make this cheese toast almost elegant.