|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||47%|
|Total Carbohydrate 32g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
There are some British foods that ooze comfort at the mere mention of their name, and none more so than the cheese toastie. Alongside a bacon butty (bacon sandwich), the toastie is the one that makes everyone drool. Cheese toasties are basically the same thing as American grilled cheese and just as delicious.
The popularity of the toastie comes from the ease and speed of making one—this has to be one of the simplest recipes ever—and the creativity of an endless choice of bread, cheeses, and assorted fillings.
There are toastie machines or toasted sandwich makers, but there is no need to go to the expense of buying one. All that's needed is a nonstick frying pan or a grill pan if you want the ridge pattern on the bread. This will not alter the taste, but it certainly looks pretty.
The Great British Cheese Toastie Recipe
"Absolutely perfect comfort food. Endless options for variations." —Renae Wilson
1 tablespoon salted butter
4 slices good-quality bread
2 ounces cheddar cheese
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Butter one side of each slice of bread. We don't recommend buttering both sides of the bread for a cheese toastie since it can make the sandwich a bit soggy.
Grate the cheddar cheese using a large hole grater (if you use a small hole the cheese will melt too quickly before the bread has toasted). Divide the cheese between 2 slices of bread, placing it on the unbuttered side.
Season with a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
Cover with the second slice of bread, buttered-side up.
Heat your griddle or frying pan to hot but not smoking. Using a flat spatula, lay the 2 sandwiches into the hot pan (they should sizzle a little as they hit the pan—if not, the pan is not hot enough). Gently press the sandwich with the spatula and do not worry if the cheese leaks a little. Cook for a few minutes on one side pressing from time to time, then flip it over and repeat on the other side.
Remove from the pan once the cheese is starting to melt and the bread has turned a golden brown.
Cut diagonally in half and serve immediately piping hot.
- The Cheese: You can vary the cheese in a cheese toastie but keep it British. Use only strong, semihard or crumbly cheese like an English Cheddar, Wensleydale, Red Leicester, or Cheshire. Soft cheeses can be used, but handle them carefully as they will melt quickly. Blue cheeses also work well but do make sure it is mature and semihard.
- The Bread: Use a good-quality bread as this will hold together better when cooking and creates a stronger case for the melted cheese. The bread can be white, whole-grain, or granary bread. Thinly sliced sourdough also works very well.
There are endless filling options in addition to the cheese:
- Thick-cut ham.
- Strips of cooked bacon.
- Thinly sliced mushrooms, onions, or tomatoes (or be decadent and try all three).
- A thick smear of chutney or a spicy relish on the unbuttered side.
- Thinly sliced pickled onions sprinkled over the cheese.
Is a Grilled Cheese the Same as a Cheese Toastie?
Cheese toasties and grilled cheese sandwiches are essentially the same dish. Some purists insist the difference is that cheese toasties are buttered on the inside of the bread versus the outside—but recipes differ. Both sandwiches include buttered bread that's filled with cheese and griddled until melty and toasty.