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Cheese Toast

This is an excellent way to use up bread that's no longer fresh-using day-old bread actually enhances the flavor, making the toasts all the crunchier.

  • yield: Makes about 12 pieces




  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 loaf olive bread, (approximately 5 by 11 inches), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 4 ounces Parmesan or Gruyere cheese, grated (about 1 cup)


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats) and cooling racks.

  2. Step 2

    In a small bowl, stir thyme and cayenne pepper into oil. Place bread on racks in one layer. Brush with oil. Sprinkle cheese evenly over bread.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until golden and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on racks. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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