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Piquillo Pepper Toast


This simple toast draws on Spanish influence for its intensely satisfying flavor. Piquillo peppers, which get their name from their shape (they look like bird beaks), have a wonderfully sweet, smoky taste. They are classically paired with a creamy cheese, which is replicated in this toast. It is very important to use a high quality, crusty bread as it is the backbone of the toast.  — PICNIC LA Executive Chef, Alex Resnick


  • 8 slices crusty bread (buying a whole loaf is best)
  • 16 slices Bellwether San Andreas cheese (or any semi soft sheep’s milk cheese)
  • 16 piquillo peppers
  • 4 Tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme


Slice bread into 1/-4- to 1/3-inch-thick slices and toast until golden brown.

Slice cheese as thin as possible. Cutting triangular slices works well.

Butterfly the piquillo peppers so that they look like a large triangle, and remove seeds.


Evenly spread butter onto each piece of toast.

Place a single layer of cheese (2-3 slices), followed by a single layer of peppers (2-3 peppers).

Garnish with a few thyme leaves on each slice of toast.