As a kid, the ultimate treat was one of Mum’s cheese toasted sandwiches. This wasn’t just your run of the mill, use-a-toaster type of toasted sandwich though. Mum perfected the Ultimate Cheese Toastie in the fry-pan! Buttery, toasted, crunchy goodness on the outside with superbly melted and stringy cheese in the middle…served with you know…a heaping side of motherly love.
First off, I’d start with a range of cheeses. I chose Cheddar, 4 cheese blend and Parmesan. Pick any cheese you like though really, Gruyere, Mozzerella, anything that melts well. I then cut up some fresh bread and butter and we’re ready to go!
- Fresh bread
- Cheeses (a few slices/enough for a sandwich) – Cheddar, American, Gruyere, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Four Cheese mix, whichever you prefer/have handy.
- Frying pan
1. Butter both sides of the bread. Put a dollop of butter in the pan too for extra buttery crunch!
2. Place one side of the bread into the pan. Layer with the cheddar, then the four cheese mix and top off with the Parmesan. Allow the bread to fry in the pan, usually about 30 seconds. Use a spatula to lift the corner and check if it’s browning. Once it starts to brown, add the lid of the sandwich and flip!
3. Fry the second side for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until nicely browned.
And you are done!
This recipe isn’t much, it’s not overly difficult, and can be made fairly quickly once you get the hang of it. Great to eat wrapped in some parchment paper as you race out the door, or as I prefer, at the table with a glass of ice cold milk. Enjoy…!