This cottage cheese toast recipe is healthy, filling, and savory featuring sliced avocado, fresh tomatoes, and hot honey. Assemble this delicious brunch recipe in 10 minutes or less.
It puts an unexpected twist on a classic snack and one of the healthiest cheeses: cottage cheese. It's creamy and cool, but spicy and sweet.
Similar to avocado toast or sweet potato toast, this recipe can be a blank canvas for tons of creativity and flavor. It's healthy, filling, and a great option for an easy breakfast (or any meal) to make in a pinch.
Why this Cottage Cheese Toast Recipe Works
Cottage cheese haters, hear me out: you can't knock this one until you try it. This dish is so much more than your average bowl of plain cottage cheese.
And there are more than a few reasons to love it:
- Healthy: Having cottage cheese first thing is a great way to help hit your daily value of protein. A slice of cottage cheese toast has nearly 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. It's full of good fats and is a good source of vitamin B.
- Customizable: There are so many simple ways to switch up this toast every time. Add your favorite sweet or savory toppings and never have it the same way twice.
- Quick to grab and eat: Throw it together in under 10 minutes, eat it with your hands, and take it on the go.
- Enjoy it any time of day: As a healthy breakfast on a busy morning, an easy lunch or afternoon snack, or a savory after-dinner treat.
Grab These Ingredients
Here are the simple ingredients for this cottage cheese toast. Most are pantry staples and easy (and affordable) to find in grocery stores. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements.
- Unsalted butter: Melted butter will go into the hot honey and will be brushed onto the toast before it broils. Extra virgin olive oil can be used in place of the melted butter.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic will be best for this recipe and will add a really delicious flavor.
- Seasonings: smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and chili flakes will all add a nice kick.
- Honey: You can use maple syrup if you don't have honey at home.
- Apple cider vinegar: If you don't have this at home, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, or rice wine vinegar can substitute.
- Sourdough bread: You want hearty bread slices that will toast nicely and won't get soggy easily from the cottage cheese. Toasted sourdough also has a nice added crunch.
- Avocado: Fresh avocados are always best for slicing and spreading easily.
- Cottage cheese: There are so many different brands of cottage cheese you can use. You can use any version of cottage cheese: whole milk, 2%, or fat-free. We use Good Culture whole milk cottage cheese.
- Cherry tomatoes: Fresh tomato slices would work as well.
How to Make Toast with Cottage Cheese
The full printable recipe is below, but let’s walk through the steps with some photos so you have a clear idea of what to expect. This cottage cheese toast is really easy and these step-by-step instructions will make sure it turns out every time.
Video: Watch How to Make It
Brush the melted butter on top of the bread with a pastry brush. Place bread on a baking sheet and toast it under the broiler for 4-6 minutes. Keep a frequent eye on the toast to prevent it from over-browning.
Remove it from the oven when the edges and top are slightly golden brown. Immediately rub a clove of garlic on the surface of the bread.
Slice the avocado and arrange it evenly on the toast in a single layer. (Or mash the avocado and spread it on.)
Spread a spoonful of cottage cheese overtop, covering all the way to the edges. Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the cottage cheese.
Add a drizzle of honey and sprinkle with flaky sea salt before serving.
Pro tip: If you don't like the texture of cottage cheese, you can blend it in the food processor on high for 30 seconds to a minute. This will give you a nice, whipped consistency that can be used as a spread or a dip.
Given its mild flavor, whipped, creamy cottage cheese can even be used as a substitute for a number of spreads. Think ricotta cheese, cream cheese, or sour cream.
Add Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and dried herbs and you have a delicious cottage cheese dip.
What Tastes Good with Cottage Cheese?
Here are a few recipe variations to allow people to customize their toast.
Ideas for savory toasts:
- Chopped green onions, salt and pepper, and hot sauce
- Roasted peppers, salt and pepper, and olive oil
- Cucumbers, fresh dill, and garlic powder
- Mango salsa and fresh cilantro
- Sun-dried tomatoes and basil (tastes like pizza!)
Ideas for sweet toasts:
- Sliced fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, or peaches, honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon
- Jam and thinly sliced almonds
- Fig jam, fresh sliced figs, and fresh basil
What to Have with Cottage Cheese Toast
Serve this cottage cheese toast with a beverage that's just as easy to whip up and take to go.
Because cottage cheese is thick, creamy, and mild tasting, it makes a great base for savory versions of this dish. For more savory toasts, add chopped green onions, salt and pepper, and some hot sauce. Or try roasted peppers, salt and pepper, and drizzled olive oil.
Cottage cheese is a great option for breakfast since it's quick, healthy, and keeps you fills you up.
Storage & Make Ahead
Store the hot honey in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month. Warm the hot honey over the stove before using it again as it will thicken and harden as it cools.
We wouldn't recommend storing cottage cheese toast while it's assembled. Having the cottage cheese soak into the bread for too long could make it soggy.
And the toast tastes best when it's fresh out of the oven rather than chilled and reheated.
However, for even quicker assembly, you can make the hot honey and prepare your toppings a day ahead. Store them all separately and bring them out right before assembling.
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Hot Honey (Note 1)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 5-6 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Cottage Cheese Toast
- 1 slice sourdough bread or crusty bread
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- ½ avocado peeled and thinly sliced
- ½ cup cottage cheese whole milk, 2%, or fat free
- ¼ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- Baking Sheet
- Cutting board and knife
- Start by making the hot honey. Add the butter to a pan and melt over medium heat. Add the garlic and crisp it for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant and golden brown. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the spices and chili flakes and cook for another minute. Stir in the honey then remove from the heat and stir in the apple cider vinegar. Allow it to cool slightly while you make the toast.
- Preheat the oven to broil. Use a pastry brush to brush the melted butter on top of the bread. Place it on a baking sheet and toast under the broiler for 4-6 minutes. Keep a frequent eye on the toast to prevent it from over-browning. Remove it from the oven when the edges and top are slightly golden brown.
- Carefully remove it from the oven and immediately rub a clove of garlic on the surface of the bread.
- Allow the toast to cool slightly then arrange the avocado evenly on top in a single layer. You could also mash the avocado and spread it on.
- Add a spoonful of cottage cheese and spread it to the edges. Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the cottage cheese. Drizzle the toast with hot honey and sprinkle with flaky sea salt before serving.