Victor Protasio
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 toast)

Sauteed shallots seasoned with a touch of vinegar and fresh herbs are an easy, elegant toast-topper. Bring it all together with some melty cheese and you have an easy starter for any meal or a fun side for steak night. Slightly sweet and nutty Manchego cheese pairs well with savory shallot flavor, but any hard grating cheese would taste great. Similar in flavor to dark-colored regular balsamic, with an extra touch of sugar, white balsamic keeps the shallot topping pretty.

How to Make It

Preheat broiler to high. Broil multigrain bread until edges begin to brown. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add thinly sliced shallots; cook, stirring often, until crisp and brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in chopped parsley, chopped tarragon, white balsamic vinegar, and grated Manchego cheese. Divide mixture among toasts. Broil until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.

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