Baked Gruyere Toasts

Every time I make these toasts, people gobble them up and ask me for the recipe. I make these whenever I have leftover grated Gruyere (or Swiss) cheese that needs to be used up, such as when I make Chicken Breast Stuffed with Prosciutto, Gruyere & Sage. I buy packaged pre-grated cheese to save myself the trouble of grating it myself. You can use Swiss, Gruyere, or you can buy combo Gruyere/Swiss that is sold in some stores. If you don’t have fresh parsley or cilantro in your kitchen, you can go ahead and make these anyway. They’ll still be good, just not as fantastic. And you don’t even have to bake them right away — they freeze beautifully and you can bake them right from the freezer.

If you don’t know how to chop a red onion or parsley, go to “ins and outs.”

 You need to freeze the toasts in a single layer on a cookie sheet (see photo below) before you toss them into a freezer bag. Otherwise you’ll have a gooey mess on your hands.  Make sure you use a cookie sheet that will fit into your freezer!

Congratulations! You now know how to make an hors d’oeuvre! You can impress your friends and family with your culinary prowess. Just whip these toasts out of the freezer, pop them into your toaster oven (or wall oven) and in 10 minutes you’ve got yummy cheese toasts.

Yield: 24-28 toasts

  • 1 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion (or sweet onion)
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or chopped fresh cilantro
  • 24-28 thinly sliced bread — baguette, or small squares cut from country bread — think bite-sized!

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.Place all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and gently stir until it’s all mixed together.

3.Spread the cheese mixture on the slices of bread.

4.Place the cheese toasts in a single layer on a flat baking sheet. I like to line the baking sheet with parchment paper for zero cleanup.

5.Bake until the toasts are golden brown and bubbly. This will take about 8-10 minutes. You will know the toasts are close to being done when you start to smell the delicious aroma.  Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

6.Place on a platter and serve!

If you want to freeze them: Place the prepped toasts in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Put the sheet in the freezer and when they’re frozen solid, transfer them to a plastic bag and refreeze them.

When you’re ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and then bake them frozen, increasing the baking time by several minutes. They’ll take a little longer since they’re frozen.

Grocery Bag: Baked Gruyere Toasts