The World’s Greatest Cheese Toastie
Some may call it humble, but we think there are few things as wonderful as a well-packed cheese toastie. And when it comes to cooking time, there is surely nothing else that punches above its weight quite so much?
- White bloomer or cob
- Unsalted butter
- Good Melting Cheese - experiment with your favourite Snowdonia Cheese Co flavour
A good, simple white bloomer or cob is crucial here. Lightly butter the bread on both sides, and if you have any left over mashed potato, spread that across one piece of the bread, you won't regret it. To one piece of bread, add your preferred melting Cheddar, even add some Red Leicester for more colour and taste. Place your second piece of bread on top, then cook in a sturdy non-stick frying pan on a medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side. This is important, because if it gets too coloured too quickly you won’t get the gorgeous ooze and melt in the middle, and this is all about encouraging that internal cheese lava flow. As it cooks, try resting something flat with a little weight on top to ensure maximum surface area and crunch.
When lightly golden on both sides, lift the toastie out of the pan and grate a little layer of cheese into the pan where it was sitting. Place the toastie back on top and grate some more cheese on the top side. Leave it for just over 1 minute – wait for the cheese to bubble and the fat to spill out of it, then add a little pinch of cayenne pepper.
Give the toastie a poke with your spatula, and once it has a cheesy, doily-like crust on the bottom that moves as one, lift the toastie out of the pan and hold it on the spatula for 30 seconds so the melted cheese hangs down, sets hard and forms an impressive cheese crown. Flip it onto the other side and once golden, serve, remembering to let it cool for a couple of minutes before attempting to tuck in.
The final debate is what do you want on the side? Tomato ketchup, brown sauce, a shake of Tabasco or hot sauce, mango chutney or a mixture? All are fine choices.
We know everyone has their own favourite method when it comes to the cheese toastie, but we agree with Jamie Oliver on this one. This recipe was taken from his site, you can find it -and many more- here: www.jamieoliver.com