Quick Snack Recipes:
Cheese Under the Broiler

This is one of the quick snack recipes from my childhood. It's real comfort food. Eating it still makes me feel warm and safe and cared for.

I guess I could have given it a snappy new name, but my grandma called it Cheese Under the Broiler and my mom called it Cheese Under the Broiler, so I call it Cheese Under the Broiler.

A reader tells me that in Germany they call this "Überbocken Käse". I ran that through a translator and got "About Baking Cheese". "Überbocken Käse" has a nice ring to it!

cheese melt on bread

My children like this for an afternoon snack, for a quick easy lunch, or for a bedtime snack. You could even eat it for breakfast!

It's filling, healthy, and very easy.

Family tradition dictates that Cheese Under the Broiler is always made with Cheddar cheese, but feel free to substitute your favorite hard cheese and create your own family tradition!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • whole wheat bread
    • onion salt

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • Cheddar cheese

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a cookie sheet
    • a cutting board and sharp knife
    • oven mitts

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a cheese slicer

    The recipe

    Cheddar cheese

    sliced whole wheat bread

    onion salt

    Move your oven rack to the very top.
    Turn on the broiler.

    While you wait for the broiler to heat, get out a cookie sheet.

    Slice some cheese.

    Put a slice of bread on the cookie sheet.
    Arrange the cheese slices on the bread.
    Sprinkle with onion salt.

    The broiler should be hot by now. Place the cookie sheet in the oven, on the top rack.

    Broil until the cheese is melted and just beginning to bubble.
    This won't take very long!! If you leave it in another minute, it will burn!
    Using oven mitts, remove the cookie sheet from the oven.

    The Cheese Under the Broiler will be very hot. Let it cool for a minute or two before you eat it.

    Don't turn off the oven yet, because you'll probably want another. And another.....

    I wouldn't be surprised if this became one of your favorite quick snack recipes!


    • Use Swiss cheese, or mozzarella, instead of Cheddar.

    • Use another variety of bread in place of the whole wheat.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Instead of using bread, use English muffin halves, or sliced crusty buns.

    • Turn this into a Tuna Melt Recipe: spread some tuna on the bread and put the cheese on top of the tuna. Or what about some very thin apple slices? Or red pepper slices? Use your imagination! You really can't go wrong with this one!


    • If you don't have onion salt on hand, you could leave it out - but it just wouldn't be quite as tasty! I keep a jar of onion salt on hand at all times, just for this recipe.

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