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It’s something of a light treat for some, for others, a staple for weak stomachs. Whatever the purpose, it won’t change the fact that a Melba toast is a delicious breakfast food. Light and crisp, it makes for a better alternative to crackers.

Melba toast got its name from famed soprano Dame Nellie Melba. She was ill during 1897, and she often ate it as a staple food. The toast itself was the creation of Chef Auguste Escoffier, an ardent fan of hers. It was said that the toast he created got its present name after a talk between him and hotel owner Cesar Ritz.

One of the things that makes Melba toast a favorite is its versatility. It can be served topped with melted cheese or pate, or it can go along with soup or salads. A personal favorite is Melba toast with cream cheese spread on top, plus a tablespoon of fruit jelly or marmalade. In the past, and even until now, Melba toast is sometimes given to infants that are teething so that they can have something to chew on.

One recipe that you can try with Melba toast is one with grated Parmesan cheese. It is easy to make and it can be served as a snack or as an appetizer in social gatherings.

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