Monday, May 22, 2017

Skillet Parmesan Cheese Toast

Skillet Parmesan Cheese Toast - a garlic butter bread with Parmesan cheese, toasted in a skillet!
A garlic butter bread with Parmesan cheese, reminiscent of Sizzler Steakhouse Cheese Toast, toasted on one side in a skillet, or on a griddle or flat top!

Skillet Parmesan Cheese Toast

I have a favorite garlic bread butter blend that I have been using for years. It's an awesome blend for garlic bread that not only goes with many meals, but I also use some form of it for other things, like my over the top cheesy bread, my French bread pizza with a twist, and an oven toasted garlic bread that adds a sprinkle of Parmesan to the mix, and what this is patterned after.

I love them all, though my biggest problem with any of them I guess, is that I am a complete and total bread addict. I. Love. Bread. And, I can easily overeat it.

Seriously, I could eat an entire loaf of French bread in one sitting if I don't restrain myself.

I am not alone in this attraction, as my oldest grandson can knock out a half loaf himself when he gets here after school! I know how he feels. It must be an inherited trait because Mama used to talk about how they would travel up the road to fetch fresh, hot French bread from the bakery for their Mama for supper and, when they were lucky, with enough to buy extra to eat on the way back! We both get it honest I'd say.

There aren't many of them around the country still (mostly now found on the west coast), but if you were a fan of Sizzler Steakhouse, you probably remember a bread similar to this that was offered free with any meal. Two things that former Sizzler lovers are nostalgic about are that bread and the salad bar. The steaks were pretty good too, as was most of their food, but the Sizzler Cheese Toast is the one people reminisce about the most.

Though the method is essentially the same - spread a butter cheese blend on one side and griddle that side - I use a slightly different butter blend for my cheese toast.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily reduce or increase it as you need to, meaning you can prepare as much or as little as you want, even just a couple of slices! If you have a Blackstone flat top or a griddle, both are excellent for preparing this toast. It's certainly a step up from typical garlic bread with the ease of making it in a skillet. Here's how to make it.

As always, full recipe text with measurements and instructions, as well as a printable document, are a little bit further down the page. Just swipe or scroll past the step-by-step pictures below. 

First, preheat a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium high. Blend together the butter with the next six ingredients listed in the recipe below.

While you can technically use any kind of bread, even slicing up your own French bread, I like the thicker cut breads like Texas toast, or, my new favorite, this Artesano bread from Sara Lee. Boy is this stuff good y'all... be sure to look for it at your favorite store!

Spread the butter blend evenly on only one side of the slices of bread.

Top with the Parmesan cheese, pressing lightly into the butter.

I buy small blocks of the good stuff and use my hand-held FreshSaver (#ad) to seal the bags and keep it fresh. A microplane (#ad) is also the perfect tool for this bread because it grates the cheese so nice and fine.

Place the bread, butter side down, in the hot pan or griddle and toast until golden brown. Since I'm just doing a partial recipe for the two of us, I'm using one of those Gotham Steel copper pans (#ad). Love those too!

You can serve it like this with the softer side, or turn and very lightly brown the underside of the bread to warm though.

Serve right away.

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Posted by on May 22, 2017

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