CRUNCHY CHEESE-TOPPED BREAD SLICES
6 to 8 servings
Arrange bread slices, one layer, on an ungreased baking sheet; broil, about 6 to 8 inches from heat source, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven; turn each slice (over).
In a small bowl, combine melted butter or margarine, cheese, garlic powder, and dry mustard, if desired, mixing well. Spread about 1 tablespoon butter/cheese mixture evenly on the untoasted side of each bread slice. Broil, about 6 to 8 inches from heat source, until topping is bubbly hot and edges are lightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle tops of each lightly with paprika. Serve immediately. Cover and refrigerate any remaining topping for later use.
Variations: Add a pinch of chili powder to cheese mixture.
Add a pinch of saffron to cheese mixture. Add ¼ to 1/3 cup minced green onion (include some green tops) to butter/cheese mixture.
Add ¼ to 1/3 cup minced parsley (no stems) to butter/cheese mixture.