This 10 minute Parmesan cheese bread makes a crunchy savory toast that’s the perfect easy side for soup or salad. Bet you can’t eat just one piece!
FAST EASY SIDE DISH
In our house, soup night isn’t complete without a side of Parmesan cheese bread. Mostly because the nights I serve simple soups (like last week’s easy pumpkin soup from canned pumpkin), I am tired, overwhelmed, and don’t really feel like cooking. That’s why this bread is so freaking amazing.
Something about the combination of olive oil, fresh Parmesan, and fresh ground pepper turns a boring piece of bread into a magical savory crostini.
Say it with me…cro-STEE-nee.
In other words, a fancy Italian name for little toast.
Serve your family or your dinner guests a basket of “cracked pepper Parmesan crostini” hot from the oven, and your ten minutes worth of work makes you look like a gourmet chef.
SAVING MONEY ON GROCERIES
Another great thing about parmesan cheese bread is that it’s perfect for using up leftover baguettes that are a little stale, so you aren’t throwing away some of your hard earned food budget.
We save money on bread by buying a double pack of whole grain loaves from Costco. We use one that week, served fresh and hot with butter or oil and vinegar the first night, and as parmesan cheese bread a couple nights later.
The other loaf gets wrapped up in saran wrap and frozen. Whenever we need a quick meal or have unexpected guests, I pull it out to thaw (either on the counter or a couple minutes in the microwave), slice it up, and make some fast parmesan cheese bread to go with soup.
I’ve fed 8 people for just $5 on soup and parmesan cheese bread before. Seriously!
Let me show you how simple it is.
HOW TO MAKE 10 MINUTE PARMESAN CHEESE BREAD
Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees F, then laying all your slices of baguette (or loaf of your choice) onto a parchment lined tray. You don’t have to use parchment, it just makes for easy clean up, because why make a mess that takes as long to scrub is it does to cook?
Now drizzle them with some olive oil.
Grab a hunk of good Parmesan and a microplane grater and smother each piece in cheese.
Now grind some peppercorns over each piece, and pop it in the oven for about 5 minutes, until golden.
Yep, it’s that easy.
Now you have no excuse for not having company over for dinner. They can just step over the piles of toys and clothes all over the floor. Shove a piece of Parmesan cheese bread in their face and they won’t even notice!
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- 16 slices of baguette 1/2 inch thick
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup of fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Spread your baguette slices out on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Drizzle the bread with olive oil, then top with parmesan and pepper.
- Toast in the oven for 5 minutes, until golden.
Approximate cost/serving: This cost me about $3 to make, using really good fresh Parmesan. That's just under 40 cents a serving.
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