Growing up, my family never had any butter in the house, so I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make grilled cheese without any butter. I'm not sure what went wrong, but I ended up with a lot of oily bread, burnt bread, or oily burnt bread.
Avoiding oil and cooking on lower heat fixes these problems, so I make cheese toast, which consists of two ingredients: bread and cheese. I usually have cheese toast with fluffy scrambled eggs and tomato mushroom stir fry for a meal.
When making cheese toast, your goal is to toast the bread and to melt the cheese.
I share 4 methods of making cheese toast.
- Microwave + toaster
- Toaster oven
1. Microwave + toaster
Put cheese on top of the bread. Microwave for around 20-30 seconds until the cheese is melted.
This methods takes the least time and skill. However, toasters make the bread harder and crunchier than other cooking methods, and microwaving melts the cheese unevenly.
I have also tried toasting bread and microwaving cheese separately. Unfortunately, trying to soften and heat up cheese while keeping it in a slice is difficult, and I got many stuck, melty cheese puddles.
Making cheese toast on the stovetop differs from making grilled cheese because you do not use any additional butter. If you want to use butter, heat up about 1/4 tablespoon for each slice of bread.
Heat up a pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, place the slices of bread in the pan. Cook for 40-60 seconds until one side of the pan is toasted.
Flip the slices of bread. Put cheese on top of the bread. Cover the pan with a lid. Cook for another 40-60 seconds until the second side of the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.
I usually use this method. After making eggs, I use the pan to make cheese toast. Using the stovetop, you can quickly make cheese toast with crisp bread and evenly melted cheese.
3. Toaster oven
You do not need to wait until the toaster oven is hot. Put cheese on bread. Put in the toaster oven. I put aluminum foil under the cheese toast so that the cheese would not drip down and burn.
I do not usually use this method because our toaster oven makes the entire kitchen smell like smoke. Feel free to try this method if your toaster oven is less sketchy.
I do not suggest heating up an entire oven just for the purpose of making one serving cheese toast because it takes a while and wastes energy. However, if you are already using the oven for some other purpose, you can make cheese toast at the same time. You can also use the oven if you want to make a lot of cheese toast at a time.
You can make cheese toast at any oven temperature between 350-500. At hotter temperatures, the cheese toast will burn more easily. At lower temperatures, the cheese toast will take longer to cook.
If you want browned and bubbly cheese, you may need a higher oven temperature, a higher oven rack, and a longer cooking time.
Overall, you should pick a method to use based on your needs. Want cheese toast ASAP? Use the toaster and microwave. Already have a pan out? Use the stovetop.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me at email@example.com.