Sheet Pan

Cheese Toasts

October  4, 2022
3 Ratings
  • Serves 3 to 4
Author Notes

My mom makes these for my kids as an afternoon snack. It's a nice alternative to sweets. Be brave with the mayonnaise -- you need a lot. Go easy on the paprika. Or just skip it. The most exciting part of these toasts is biting through the hot melted cheese and BAM there's this comforting and warm layer of mayonnaise. It's very much like melted butter. But better. —Phyllis Grant

What You'll Need
  • 1 baguette
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (or more!)
  • 12 ounces creamy havarti (or your favorite meltable cheese), thinly sliced
  • Paprika, to taste
  1. Turn your broiler on.
  2. Cut the baguette in thirds, then cut each third in half. Place each half cut side-up on a sheet pan. Broil (but not too close to the flame) until the bread is crispy and lightly browned.
  3. Spread each piece of bread with as much mayonnaise as you dare. Cover mayonnaise with slices of cheese. Sprinkle cheese with a very thin layer of paprika. Broil until cheese is melted and browning. Don't panic. The paprika gets almost black under the broiler. That's okay. Eat a piece as soon as you can pick it up.

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Phyllis Grant is an IACP finalist for Personal Essays/Memoir Writing and a three-time Saveur Food Blog Awards finalist for her blog, Dash and Bella. Her essays and recipes have been published in a dozen anthologies and cookbooks including Best Food Writing 2015 and 2016. Her work has been featured both in print and online for various outlets, including Oprah, The New York Times, Food52, Saveur, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tasting Table and Salon. Her memoir with recipes, Everything Is Out of Control, is coming out April 2020 from Farrar Straus & Giroux. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two children.

8 Reviews

karen November 19, 2016
Hummus in stead of mayo is yummy
Phyllis G. November 19, 2016
great idea. thank you!
kimikoftokyo June 14, 2015
We eat something very similar for breakfast. It's just with butter or other oil on the bread. Cheese on top and then broil. I have to tell everyone about this version.
WabiSabiSab March 8, 2015
It's also delicious with grated parmesan mixed into the mayonnaise, instead of slices on top.
Nanda D. March 7, 2015
Woahh, this sounds so good and so bad :D
Hannah S. March 6, 2015
What an awesome idea for an after work or after school snack :)
Rebecca @. February 19, 2015
It's so tiring!!! My kids are with their dad this week and I went from a constant dead-run to barely able to lift my head in their absence. All my energy is on vacation with them. Someday we'll miss the exhaustion!! These toasts and the wine sound lovely. xx
Christine February 15, 2015
I thought when I read this "oh gross". It was amazing! (ok, that's a bit powerful but compared to what I was was so good). I put a slice of provolone and a sprinkle of a Mexican cheese blend, picked for its combo of strong cheese flavors. I forgot the paprika while broiling but sprinkled it on afterward...soooo goood!