Easy Organic Party Appetizers,
Part 2: Cheese Toasts

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One of my earliest memories is helping my mom prepare these for a cocktail party she was having, and getting to sample the first few until she yelled at me to stop or there wouldn’t be any left. Then, imagine my delighted surprise when just this past year, I was visiting our printers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Elizabeth Quaddracci’s mom made sure she served these same things to me when the family hosted us for dinner. It was a crunchy, yummy taste of history. When I questioned the recipe, we even got confirmation from the chef that the same secret ingredient was used in both: Miracle Whip! Well, my mom used Miracle Whip. The Quadracci’s might have used Hellman’s. But either way, it’s the required ingredient to make it taste just right. Also, the Midwestern twist was to use a rye cracker for the base; my mom always used squishy white bread. I’m going to go with a squishy whole wheat.

Cheese Toasts


  • 1 loaf bread (organic whole wheat if you are being good)
  • Miracle Whip
  • 1 white onion
  • Mild cheddar or American cheese



  1. Slice the bread evenly, cut into bite-size squares, and toast in the oven gently until crisp but not browned.
  2. Chop the onion into fine pieces.
  3. After the toast has cooled, spread a thin (but not too thin) layer of Miracle whip on the top.
  4. Sprinkle a few chopped onion pieces on each piece.
  5. Sprinkle the top of each with shredded cheese.
  6. Broil until the cheese is melted and golden.

Serve immediately and before the kids eat all of them! Or what the heck, just make them for the kids and have a party with them instead.


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5 Responses to Easy Organic Party Appetizers,
Part 2: Cheese Toasts

  1. Dana B November 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Olive tapenade is so not my thing, but THIS—a Midwestern appetizer—I certainly can get on board with. I think I might have the same trouble you did with eating too many before the guests arrive.

    P.S. My favorite appetizer is a cracker (Triscuits are the best) with a thin (but not too thin) spreading of Brie, with a thin slice of green apple and a drizzle of honey. Major yum.

  2. mio November 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    I would hope for a bit healthier offerings from you. Kind of disappointing considering the weight and health situation in our country.

  3. Barbara November 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Too bad Miracle Whip is not organic. I have loved cheese toasts for YEARS, and often prepared similar variations in my early college years, just for myself. One of my favorites, and more nutritious (and now my 12yo’s as well), is just simply spreading some organic peanut butter on a Wheatine (Barbara’s Bakery) and adding organic apple slices. My son was ‘starving’ one day last week, saw the small plate I had prepared for myself and, instead of snubbing his nose at them as usual with a complaint about not liking peanut butter, took a bite. Now I have to experiment with making my own wheat-saltine crackers so I do not have to hoard the Wheatines for myself. You can also add a small slice of organic mild cheddar cheese between the apple and PB, but I find that I do not miss it when I skip it. Well, now I know what I am having for lunch today…

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