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béchamel cheese toasts on a tray

Oven Baked Cheese Béchamel Toasts

Meet one of my favorite snacks: Oven Baked Cheese Béchamel Toasts! These savory cheesy and creamy sourdough toasts are a delicious and easy option for a snack or Sunday brunch! A great match for both white and red wines! Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Gamay. Take your pick!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 toasts in total 1x



For the béchamel sauce

¼ cup (35 g) of butter

¼ cup (35 g) of all-purpose flour

2 cups (500 ml) of milk (I recommend whole milk for extra creaminess)

¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons of sea salt

⅛ teaspoon of white pepper 

For the toasts

8 big slices of sourdough bread

2 and ½ cups (200 g) of grated aged Cantal (or aged Comté, aged Cheddar, or any aged hard cheese you like!)


Start by making the béchamel sauce

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. When the butter is bubbling nicely, add the flour all at once and stir energetically with a whisk.
  3. Lower the heat to medium intensity.
  4. Add 1/3 of the milk and stir.
  5. Add another 1/3 of the milk and keep stirring.
  6. Add the rest of the milk and stir continuously for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  7. Add the ground nutmeg, salt, and white pepper and stir.
  8. Set aside.

Assemble the toasts: 

  1. Preheat your oven to broil mode.
  2. Line the sourdough bread slices onto a parchment-lined oven tray.
  3. Spread a thick layer of béchamel sauce overtop of the slices.
  4. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated Comté on top of each slice.
  5. Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted, golden, and bubbling away!
  6. Serve immediately with a glass of your chosen wine!

Nim Keys

For a light lunch, I recommend serving these toasts with a salad on the side. 

  • Author: Ninon
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 499
  • Sugar: 4.9 g
  • Sodium: 1265.9 mg
  • Fat: 37.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.5 g
  • Protein: 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 16.5 mg

Keywords: béchamel cheese toasts, french savory toast