Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cheesy Hot Toast

Last weekend I visited a cheese shop in our parts and was delighted to see some lovely artisan cheeses on the shelves. The one that caught my eye was none other than a - hold your breath - three alarm cheese. With a name like that I just had to pick it up. A spicy mix of three different chilies lends its name to this cheese. And no more than the tiniest bite assures you that this cheese was made to live up to its name.

Now, as almost everyone would agree, there is nothing quite like hot toast with tea on a freezing winter afternoon!! The only thing that can make it better is some spicy melted cheese on the top - Yum! And if you want something superlative, stick some tapenade on the toast just under the cheese.

4 slices honey wheat bread
1 tsp butter, softened
2 tbsp tapenade
4 tbsp 3 alarm cheese, grated (replace with
Jalapeno Jack for a milder taste)
2 tbsp mozzarella cheese, grated

  1. Pre heat the oven to 350F. Place the bread on the wire rack and toast until crisp and golden.
  2. Remove from the oven and butter each slice. Now thickly spread the tapenade on two of the slices.
  3. Mix the two cheeses, and spread equally on the 4 slices.
  4. Return to the oven and grill until the cheese melts completely.
  5. Carefully remove the toasts from the oven. Cut into squares or triangles. Serve immediately.
These mini-toasts are superb with a cup of tea or coffee. They are also great when served with wine. These spicy snacks are making their way to Pallavi @ All Things Yummy. Don't forget to visit Sunday Snacks this month, where you will find all things Hot n Spicy!!

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  1. Hmm..cheese toast on a sunday evening..I wouldnt mind having this daily!!Have to make do with Amul cheese slices or cubes..great entry!!

  2. Woww cheesy toast makes me hungry..delicious..

  3. 3 Alarm CHeese! that indeed is a fun name:-) Nice, elagant but easy recipe. would make wonderful bite size snacks for parties!


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