I came up with these Cheddar Basil Parmesan Toasts one day when I just had to have some toasty warm, cheesy bread! They turned out delicious!
It all started at Kroger…and I was hungry. Carbs never seem more appetizing than when your stomach is running on empty, amiright?
Salivating, I perused the bakery shelves with their crispy asiago bread and four cheese Italian loaf. But those darn loaves of bread were $4! All I could think was, this is cheap old white flour and water! And I could make it myself, had I the time and inclination (which I certainly did not).
I moved on to the clearance bread rack and found a yummy looking (yet somewhat boring) multigrain loaf for only $1.49. Bingo!
When I got the bread home, I sliced it into 1/4 inch pieces.
I laid the bread slices in a small pan (leave a little space between each slice for crispier results).
I put a few pieces of white cheddar cracker barrel cheese on top of each slice of bread. (This cheese is seriously awesome – another blogger recommended using it in her Creamy Dreamy Mac N Cheese recipe and she was totally right about it!)
Then I grabbed some fresh basil leaves from my little herb garden on my back porch (herbs are pretty much the only thing I can get to grow. 🙁 ).
I ripped my basil up really small and covered every square inch of that bread and cheese with it.
Next, I topped it all off with some shaved parmesan I bought in a giant container from Costco. ‘Cause I’m super fancy like that. You want something to hold the basil on and something to protect it from the broiler.
Which brings me to baking instructions…
Set your oven to high broil, and leave your rack in the middle. I ALWAYS burn things when I try to broil them, but this method did not fail me.
Four minutes on high broil did the trick perfectly! The cheese was bubbling all over, some had run over the sides and crisped up ever so slightly, and it was all just pure perfection.
The minute I took the pan out of the oven, my four year old
bloodhound daughter perked up her nose. Sniffing, she said, “Something smells delicious! What’s that Mommy; can I have some?”
Begrudgingly, I shared.
It wasn’t long before the 2 year old came in and Big Sis had to flaunt her basil parmesan toast, “Look what I have!!”. Grr…
Made myself a delicious treat, but the kids caught wind of it (literally) as soon as I opened the oven door. Sliced Multigrain bread, with Vermont cheddar, ripped basil, and shaved parmesan, broiled til cheese was bubbling. Perfection! 3 small slices split between three people. Didn’t make for as satisfying a snack as I’d hoped. Such is the #momlife ! #littlefoodies #instafoodie #snacktime #multigrain #bread #ididntmakeit #storebought #stilldelicious #notashealthy #parmesan #vermont #cheddar #cheese #basil #freshherbs #herb
Needless to say, I had to make a second batch! But that was ok – hubby got to enjoy some too!
To recap the instructions:
Slice of bread
Slices of Cracker Barrel White Cheddar cheese (one or two per slice of bread, just make sure bread is covered end to end)
Ripped Basil (Be generous! I used a leaf or two on every slice)
Shaved parmesan (just enough to cover basil)
Broil 4 minutes on middle rack.
This makes a great, cheap side or appetizer that just might impress your guests!
I was going to sprinkle some garlic powder on these babies, too. Because garlic makes everything taste better! But I forgot, and was surprised to realize I didn’t miss it at all.
Try it and let me know what you think! Try different cheeses, try garlic and chive, whatever sounds good to you! Whatever yummy creation you come up with, report back to me!
And don’t forget to pin it for later!