Tomato Toast

The Ultimate Summer Sensation: Heirloom Tomato Toast with Cream Cheese & White Pepper

Ah, tomato toast. A seemingly simple dish, yet one that has captured the hearts (and stomachs) of food lovers everywhere. But let’s be honest, not all tomato toasts are created equal. Today, we’re elevating the classic with a burst of summer flavors and a luxurious twist: the Heirloom Tomato Toast with Cream Cheese and White Pepper .

This recipe is all about celebrating the vibrant flavors of fresh, vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes. Forget the bland grocery store tomatoes; we’re talking about a beautiful blend of colors and tastes, each slice bursting with sweetness and a touch of acidity. Paired with a luscious spread of cream cheese and a subtle kick of white pepper, this toast is a taste sensation waiting to be experienced.

Why Heirloom Tomatoes?

Heirloom tomatoes, with their unique shapes, colors, and textures, offer a far richer experience than your average tomato. They are grown from seeds passed down through generations, often by small, local farmers. This means no genetic modification and a focus on natural growing practices, resulting in superior flavor and texture.

Beyond Toast: A Versatile Delight!

While this recipe sings on a slice of crusty bread, the possibilities don’t stop there! Make this on bagels, English muffins, or even croissants.

Ready to Dive In? A Step-by-Step Guide:

Now, let’s get cooking! This recipe might seem fancy, but fear not – it’s surprisingly easy to make and requires minimal ingredients.


  • 2 slices of your favorite bread (sourdough, rustic Italian, or a good quality baguette work well)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 2-3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced to your desired thickness
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • Freshly cracked white pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnishes: Flaky sea salt, fresh herbs (basil, chives, parsley), a drizzle of balsamic glaze


  1. Toast to Perfection: Heat a pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and toast your bread slices until golden brown and crisp.
  2. Creamy Canvas: In a small bowl, using a fork or hand mixer, whip the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Season generously with freshly cracked white pepper.
  3. Tomato Time: Arrange the sliced heirloom tomatoes on the toasted bread.
  4. The Creamy Touch: Spread the seasoned cream cheese generously over the tomatoes, making sure to get all those nooks and crannies.
  5. Finishing Touches: (Optional) Sprinkle with flaky sea salt for a touch of contrast, and add fresh herbs like basil, chives, or parsley for a burst of color and aroma. If desired, drizzle a touch of balsamic glaze for a sweet and tangy counterpoint.

Tips and Variations:

  • Don’t skimp on the quality: Invest in good-quality heirloom tomatoes for the best flavor and texture. Look for tomatoes at your local farmer’s market or specialty grocery store.
  • Ripeness matters: Choose tomatoes that are slightly soft to the touch and yield gently to pressure. Avoid tomatoes that are too hard or mushy. It’s important to store your tomatoes at room temperature. Refrigerating tomatoes causes them to lose their flavor and change texture.
  • Fresh California tomatoes are at the peak of flavor from May to December. Ripe red tomatoes should be completely red or reddish-orange, have a sweet subtle aroma and give slightly when pressed gently with the palm.
  • Play with flavors: While white pepper adds a subtle kick, feel free to experiment with other seasonings. A pinch of garlic powder, smoked paprika, or a sprinkle of chili flakes can add different dimensions of flavor.
  • Make it vegan: Substitute the cream cheese with your favorite vegan cream cheese alternative.
  • Elevate it for a crowd: Toast a baguette and cut it into diagonal slices for an elegant presentation. Arrange the tomato and cream cheese mixture on top, and garnish with fresh herbs and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

More Than Just a Toast: An Ode to Freshness and Simplicity

This Heirloom Tomato Toast recipe is more than just a meal; it’s an ode to fresh, seasonal ingredients and the power of simple flavors. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most delicious things come from the most basic elements, prepared with care and a touch of creativity.

So, the next time you’re looking for a quick, yet satisfying summer snack or a light and flavorful lunch option, give this recipe a try. We guarantee it will become a new favorite!

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Tomato Toast (or Bagels)

Recipe by Jason Hill –
One of my favorite ways to enjoy fresh home-grown tomatoes is with this tomato toast recipe. Make it on a toasted bagel or sourdough, spread with cream cheese and sprinkled with a little white pepper and Maldon sea salt. It’s great for breakfast, afternoon snacks, or late-night munchies!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 2 Sourdough slices or fresh cut bagels
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 4 yellow or red tomato slices
  • Salt and white pepper to taste


  • Toast bagel or sourdough. Spread with Neufchatel or cream cheese. Top with sliced tomatoes and season to taste with white pepper and salt.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.