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National Melba Toast Day

March 23, 2023 All day

a pile of melba toast for National Melba Toast Day

March 23rd is National Melba Toast Day!

National Melba Toast Day is a tribute to the invention of Melba Toast by the famous Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba.

A Brief History of Melba Toast

The story goes that in the late 1800s, while dining at the Savoy Hotel in London, Dame Nellie Melba was suffering from a sore throat and requested that her bread be toasted until it was crisp and easy to swallow. The chef at the hotel, Auguste Escoffier, sliced the toast thinly and named it “Melba Toast” in her honor.

What is Melba Toast?

Melba Toast is a type of dry, crisp and thinly sliced bread that is commonly used as a base for hors d’oeuvres, dips, and spreads. It is made by toasting bread until it is golden brown, then slicing it thinly and toasting it again until it is crisp and dry. Melba Toast is versatile and can be served with a variety of toppings, including cheese, butter, jam, and smoked salmon.

Melba Toast has a long history and has been enjoyed by people all over the world for over a century. It is a popular snack and appetizer, and is often served at parties, picnics, and other social gatherings. Melba Toast is also commonly used as a garnish for soups and salads.

National Melba Toast Day is a fun and delicious way to celebrate the invention of this classic snack. It is an opportunity to enjoy Melba Toast in all its variations, and to appreciate the creativity and ingenuity of those who invented it. Whether enjoyed plain, topped with butter or spread with your favorite dip or spread, Melba Toast is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So why not celebrate National Melba Toast Day by serving up a plate of this crispy snack and raising a toast to Dame Nellie Melba and her contribution to the world of food!