Dinner Made Easy: 6 Dishes Cooked in a Toaster Oven to Try Tonight

Toaster oven cooking may seem elementary, but it can make for some tasty cooking! The toaster oven is a great appliance to keep in your kitchen, as its heats up in seconds and can make for many versatile last-minute dinner dishes. The toaster oven heats and crisps meals to perfection, and it tends to involve substantially less effort than its conventional brethren.

Try any of these six recipes for a quick and delicious toaster oven dinner!

1. Lemon-Thyme Bruschetta


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This light and lemony dish makes a great last minute appetizer or snack. Flavored with thyme, this delicious finger food has an added touch of honey, lending a sweet balance to the dish. They’re a warm, crisp addition to the menu and take only around 15 minutes to prepare. This recipe from the Kitchn yields 10 appetizer servings.


  • 1 baguette; thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon; zested
  • Honey
  • 8 springs fresh thyme

Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix ricotta and lemon zest in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Toast baguette slices in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes. You want them to be slightly browned and warm. Spread the seasoned ricotta on the baguette slices. Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with thyme. Serve warm.