Chili Cheese Toast
A perfect accompaniment to your tea or coffee, the Chili Cheese Toast lies somewhere between garlic bread and pizza on the spectrum of cheesy goodness. These also make for fun picnic snacks, starters at kids' parties, or for binge-eating when binge-watching.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2 people
- 4 slices bread
- 2 cup mozzarella cheese grated
- 1 cup capsicum chopped
- 1 cup yellow onion chopped, optional
- 1 tsp green chilies chopped
- 1 tbsp jalapeno chopped
- 8 cloves garlic
- chopped coriander optional
- chili flakes
To make chili cheese toast, start by crushing your garlic cloves and then chopping them up into small pieces.
Next, take over one tablespoon of room temperature, soft butter in a bowl, and add the chopped garlic to it. Also add a couple of pinches of oregano, chili flakes, and all the green chilies to the butter. Mix this well.
Spread this mixture on one side of each slice of bread. Set it aside.
Take the grated mozzarella cheese in another bowl. To this bowl, add capsicum, jalapeno, onions, as well as the rest of the oregano and chili flakes. Give it a light toss to mix the ingredients together.
Chili Cheese Toast in the Oven
Place the cheese mixture on the buttered side of the bread. Pile it as high as you like!
Preheat the oven at 200°C or 390°F. Place the bread in for about 5 minutes. It tastes best when the cheese has developed a golden, crusty top.
Chili Cheese Toast in the Pan
Place a non-stick pan on medium heat. With the buttered side down, place the bread slices in the pan for a minute or so, till the butter melts into the slice. Take them off the heat.
Spread a layer of the garlic butter on the plain side. Top the lightly toasted side with the cheese mix. Place it back on the pan.
Do not overcrowd the pan and let it stay on medium heat. Place a lid on after a couple of minutes. Take it off when the cheese has melted the way you like it.
Carefully lift one slice with a spatula to check whether the bread has crisped enough. Take it off the heat when it has toasted well enough.
To serve the chili cheese toast, cut the slices diagonally, and plate it up. Garnish with finely chopped coriander. Serve it with a side of sweet chili sauce, mint mayonnaise or mint chutney, or any dip of your choice. Something spicy, light, and fresh goes well with these.
- The oven version gives a nice crisped-up cheese topping, while the pan version is best if you like your bread properly toasted with melted cheese.
- To the cheese mix, you can also consider adding chopped pepperoni or bacon bits.