Favorite Lunch: Cheesy Tomato Bread

by Dana on August 4, 2010

Wondering what to have for lunch today? Here’s my old standby.
Cheese and Tomatoes on Sourdough toast. Mmmm.
It’s simple, tasty, and fast. Nothing you can’t figure out (or haven’t done already) but if your mouth is watering, here are the quick steps.

First off, one should always have a loaf of sourdough in the house. Mandatory rule for um, life? Okay, over-dramatic. But you know, kind of true. I really should get around to making my own; especially after Delia posted this last week. Sometime soon.

So whether your sourdough is store-bought or homemade, grab a slice and start decorating.
Here are the toppings:
* Mozzarella Cheese
* Fresh Tomatoes (sliced or diced)
* Parmesan Cheese (fancy or plain jane, like mine)
Lightly butter the front and back of your bread. If it’s a “let’s eat a light lunch since I had 3 cookies last night (and ice cream)” kind of day, I may use spray butter or none at all. But the butter really adds to the toast, so go for it!

Sprinkle the buttered top with tomatoes:
add a little salt and pepper:
Then comes my favorite part: cheese. Bread is really just a vehicle for consuming melty cheesy goodness, right?
Be as liberal as you’d like with cheese over the tomatoes.
Finish it off with Parmesan Cheese and you’re ready to toast!
I prefer using the Toaster Oven because it’s small and uses less energy for one little piece of bread. If you’re making a large batch though use the conventional oven.

Now the KEY here is to first toast the bread and then broil the top (If you just toast, the cheese doesn’t brown enough on top. And if you just broil, the bottom of the toast is soggy. So do both).

Toast the bread for the normal time you would toast a slice of bread. Then flip your Toaster Oven to Broil and let the top get bubbly and brown. No time frame here; just broil to your liking. And you’re done!

BEFORE:
and AFTER:

Deeee-lish!
Of course it always tastes better with a Diet Coke/Dr. Pepper mix from Sonic (I’m not above 1/2 price Happy Hour. Never).
And there you have. Lunch is served. Enjoy!
(you can also find this recipe and others in the Tutorials Tab at the top)

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