Suburban Cheese Toasts

You hear a knock at the door. “I wonder who that is?” You say. Oh crap, it is neighbors coming to visit, (or relatives or whomever), but you weren’t expecting anyone. You break out a bottle or two of wine, but what to serve as a quick hot appetizer?

We have the answer and this takes only minutes to prepare and is ridiculously good. We call them Suburban Cheese Toasts. I am sure that they go by many other names; your Mom probably served them out of a Betty Crocker cookbook for that matter. The important thing is you will have all the ingredients you need at hand, I guarantee.

We made this at several cooking classes over the years and it is always well-received.

Author: Jim Kirkley

This is what to make when you have exhausted ideas or need something to bring quick.

Optional garnish: finely chopped chives, fresh dill, or red pepper flakes.

Serves: 24

Suburban Cheese Toast


white bread slices
1/4 cup, mayonnaise
1/4 cup, grated Parmesan cheese – hopefully not the powdery stuff, but that will do in a pinch
2 tablespoons, yellow onion –¬†finely grated
1 pinch, Cayenne pepper


  1. Place rack in the middle of the oven and set temperature to 400 degrees.
  2. Arrange non-stick aluminum foil on cookie sheet.
  3. Cut out 24 – 1 inch rounds or squares from white bread slices (no crusts)
  4. Place rounds or squares on cookie sheet.
  5. Mix mayonnaise, cheese, onion and Cayenne together.
  6. Spoon small dollop of mixture on each bread slice.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 12 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately.
  9. Garnish with chives, dill, or red pepper flakes, if you wish.

Everything that’s old is new again. Riffs on this recipe have been around for years. Today it was time to revive it, enjoy!!


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