Käseschnitte (Grilled Cheese Bread Slice)

The humble Käseschnitte has been a Swiss staple for centuries. It’s not as elaborate as the British Welsh Rarebit, but still delicious and much quicker to make. All you need is a slice of bread (it’s a great recipe to use up old bread), a little white wine and some paprika powder. It’s pretty much raclette on bread. Käseschnitten are the tired Swiss parent’s family dinner option – preparing them takes five minutes and served with a salad it makes a perfect weekday dinner.

Recipe for 4 people

  • 4 large slices of bread (I prefer brown bread but white works too)
  • 8 tbsps hard or semi-hard cheese (grated or sliced)
  • 2 tbsps white wine
  • paprika powder and freshly ground pepper


Put the bread slices into a frying pan and drip the wine on top. Then add the cheese. (No oil is needed for the frying.)

Put on a lid and heat up the pan, then turn down the heat to medium. Wait until the cheese has melted. If the cheese doesn’t melt easily, add a tiny bit of water to the pan and cover again. This will produce steam and help melt the cheese.

Transfer the cheese bread onto plates and add paprika powder and freshly ground pepper.

grilled cheese bread

3 thoughts on “Käseschnitte (Grilled Cheese Bread Slice)”

  1. Tried something similar as an appetizer but with smaller bread. Sliced bread looks about half the size of those in your picture. Place multiple slices of the bread on a plate, simply put a sliced piece of raclette in a non-stick pan, melt, and pour over the bread. Add anything as a topping, ham or bacon bits, use your imagination. So easy you can do it while standing in the kitchen entertaining. It was a hit (USA).

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