Parmesan Toasts

Homemade crispy and thin cheesy toasts baked with parmesan make a great appetizer and are perfect as croutons in salads and soups.

Parmesan Toasts

It’s always good to have a starchy tidbit in your pantry, but the ones in stores are either very expensive or made with questionable ingredients. No worries, you can easily make your own! With just 3 ingredients you have at home: bread, olive oil and cheese. These are delicious and so versatile; You can use them to accompany some cheese and olives with cocktails or a nice wine, you can add them in salads and soups as croutons or just have them for a snack. These easy to make 3-ingredient parmesan toasts are so good, you can’t only eat one! And they are a great addition to any salad or soup because they have a subtle flavor that won’t interfere with any other ingredients. As an appetizer, I like to serve them along some cherry tomatoes, carrot, and cucumber sticks and some good kalamata olives.

Parmesan Toast Ingredients

  • Bread: You want to use a baguette here for the shape and size. The slices must be extra thin to get that crispiness factor. I also like to use brown and whole grain bread as well. Best to use bread that is a day old.
  • Cheese: I use Parmesan, but you can also try any other type of dryish, aged cheese. You don’t want a cheese that is to soft or moist that would reduce the crispiness.
  • Olive Oil: Make sure the olive you use is not old, it will give an off taste and ruin your toasts

How to make Parmesan Toasts

Start by slicing the bread very thin about 1/8 inch thick (1/4 cm). It is important to get it thin so that it will be crispy when it bakes.

Parmesan Toasts

Spread the bread on a pan covered with aluminum foil and brush both sides with olive oil (I also use an olive oil mister-much quicker).

Parmesan Toasts

Sprinkle each toast with the parmesan (only one 1 side)

Parmesan Toasts

Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Parmesan Toasts

Storing

Let cool completely and store in air proof container for up to 10 days.

Variations

  • Rub some garlic on each bread slice to give a hint of garlic flavor.
  • Mix the olive oil with some dry herbs such as oregano or thyme before brushing on the bread.
  • You can sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

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Parmesan Toasts

Parmesan Toasts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Homemade crispy and thin cheesy toasts baked with parmesan make a great appetizer and are perfect as croutons in salads and soups.
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Croutons, Parmesan, Toast
Servings: 40 toasts
Author: Elena Paravantes RDN
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Ingredients

  • ½ pound (250 g) day old bread (preferable a baguette)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for brushing
  • ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 300 F (150 C) and line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Grease it a bit with olive oil.
  • Slice the baguette in very thin slices (⅛ of an inch or ¼ of a cm).
  • Spread the slices on the pan and brush both sides with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle toasts with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and crispy.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle ground black pepper.
  • Let them cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Storage
To store:  Cool completely and store in air proof container for up to 10 days.
Variations
  • Rub some garlic on each bread slice to give a hint of garlic flavor.
  • Mix the olive oil with some dry herbs such as oregano or thyme before brushing on the bread.
  • You can sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
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4 Comments

  • Reply MJ November 12, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    When do you add the Parmesan cheese to the baguette slices? When the bread is removed from the oven? This step was left out of the directions.

  • Reply Jj November 12, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    I would like to try this recipe. Can you mention when to put the Parmesan cheese on, before or after putting
    In the oven. Also how to store? Love your website.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN November 12, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      Hi! It is added before baking. Directions corrected. Storage information is in the recipe card and in the post. Thanks

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