I love toasties. Probably because they combine all the things that are worse for you in one delicious, crunchy package.
This is something I ate quite a lot in December, when I was going through a phase of eating nothing but cereal, pizza, cheese, bread and onion chutney. Seriously. I put on a stone in December, and that sentence right there is exactly why.
Anyway, it was totally worth that stone because this? This is delicious.
You might be thinking “Why the hell are you writing up how to make a toastie?” Well, I’ve not actually been able to make them myself until recently. Garry has had to do it for me. I always got the bread stuck to the maker. Others may be similarly useless, so this post is to help them. And it’s also kind of an advert for the caramelised onion chutney, because I absolutely adore that stuff.
Start by setting your toastie machine to heat up. If you are supercool like me (read: a wally), you might have an awesome cow-print one.
Then prepare the rest of your ingredients. Butter the bread on one side and slice the cheese fairly thickly.
Here is my kitchen helper/teacher doing a wonderful job of bread buttering.
Lay the cheese on one slice of the bread, on top of the buttered side.
On the other slice of bread, again on the buttered side, smear a very generous tablespoon of chutney.
When your machine is hot, put the bread with the cheese on it in the machine, cheese side up. Put the other slice of bread on top of it, chutney side down. You could put some ham in between if you wanted, but you don’t need to. Make sure the edges are more or less even, and then squeeeeeeeze the machine closed.
How long you leave them in for will depend on your toastie maker, but we usually cook it for between 3-6 minutes. We like the outside lightly toasted and the inside lovely and hot.
Then just try not to burn your mouth as you devour it.
- 2 slices of bread, preferably white and medium thickness
- Mature cheddar
- Caramelised onion chutney
- Pre-heat your toastie machine
- Butter the bread and slice the cheese thicky
- Lay the cheese on one side of the bread. Top with a generous tablespoon of chutney and spread it out evenly
- When your machine is hot, put the bread with the cheese on it in the machine, cheese side up. Put the other slice of bread on top of it, lining up the edges. Squeeze the machine closed and let it cook for about 5 minutes
- Remove from the machine and cut in half. Leave to cool before eating