The Perfect Toastie.....

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The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby TailWindHome » Sat Oct 06, 2012 19:05 pm

Every now and again I rediscover the magic that is the toasted sandwich.

So much more than the sum of its parts it's a little bit of lunchtime bliss.

What's your favourite toastie?

How do you make it? 2 slice of normal toast made into a sandwich, a Breville or similar or on a George Formby Grill?

ETA - And what bread do you use.....I'm thinking plastic white sliced is essential for this but I'm open to debate.


Mind the hot cheese....
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby msmancunia » Sat Oct 06, 2012 19:44 pm

Mature cheddar and onion on sliced bread, buttered on the outside, and made in a breville thingy.

*drools*
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby daviesee » Sat Oct 06, 2012 19:55 pm

Long, long time ago but I was shown a different way to do one which was superb.

Melt butter in frying pad and put an uncooked white bread toasty in. By the time both sides are toasted the cheese has melted and that buttery toast is very, very nice. :P

Must use butter, not marg and you can jazz up the filling to your taste.

Edit:- It was a while ago so I can't remember if it was grated or sliced cheese. I imagine that a thick slab may not melt properly. Or maybe it will. Must experiment....
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby Santa cruzing » Sat Oct 06, 2012 20:24 pm

My machine of choice is a brevvile-styled cut and seal sandwich toaster by Boots, possibly of 80's vintage. Bread is usually seeded, the hovis one with pumpkin seeds is nice. I find it adds to the texture well.

Filling is based around ham and cheese, as all toasies should be. My favourite is a good mature chedder, a little wafer thin smoked ham and then some peperoni.

Technique is also important - Lightly buttered ont he outside to avoid sticking and aid the crunch. cheese should be sliced not grated, gives a more even melt. The ham should be roughly torn to avoid pulling a slice out whilst consuming resulting in molten cheese burns to the chin.

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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby Torvid » Sat Oct 06, 2012 20:30 pm

seeded bread (buttered on the outside), chilli flaked cheese, spring onion and ham, done in one of toastie machines.
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby confused@BR » Sat Oct 06, 2012 20:59 pm

This may be considered heresy, (if so, can I be toasted at the stake?) my weapon of choice is the George Foreman Grill thing. No faffing about with butter on the outside and no funny triangular shaped sarnies.

Cheddar and Branston for me, simple tastes.
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby Chadders81 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 21:33 pm

When I was a student, the holy grail was making a toasted sandwich with a cooked egg inside. Very difficult, one attempt in three is successful - ie the yolk not split by the centre crease of the sandwich, cooked properly.

But when you get it right, the cheese and egg (and ideally ham) are a joy.

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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby davis » Sat Oct 06, 2012 22:09 pm

Well, cheese and decent ham (not that wafer-thin slice of misery; it's barely a memory of a pig ffs) clearly. Quite like tomato in mine too, though they're tricksy little beasts. They have a knack for getting hotter than superheated steam, and somehow sticking to your lip, searing their way into your skull.
Little bit of mustard's always a bonus too.

While we're there or thereabouts, what about fried eggy-bread sandwiches? Make them like you're going to make a toastie, but coat the whole thing in lightly-beaten egg, then fry the thing. You get that little marvel right and suddenly being drunk at 1am on a school night is both big and clever.
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby daviesee » Sat Oct 06, 2012 22:26 pm

davis wrote:....While we're there or thereabouts, what about fried eggy-bread sandwiches? Make them like you're going to make a toastie, but coat the whole thing in lightly-beaten egg, then fry the thing. You get that little marvel right and suddenly being drunk at 1am on a school night is both big and clever.

That works. Not a toastie per-say but a more than viable alternative.
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby Mouth » Sun Oct 07, 2012 00:12 am

My weapon of choice is the oven. Two slices of thick white bread, marg or butter (though personal preference is butter), mature cheddar sliced reasonably thick. wrap in foil (shiny side in) and place on a baking tray in the centre of the oven. 160deg for 14 minutes, turning once should do it.

I imagine you could use other fillings but I have no imagination.
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby walkingbootweather » Sun Oct 07, 2012 13:35 pm

Reminds me of that rabbit that hopped into my local the other day. After perusing the menu, he eventually plumped for a pint of best and a cheese toastie. The landlord thought this a bit odd, but since he had the right money was happy to serve him. Every day for the next fortnight that little bunny hopped into the pub for a pint and a cheese toastie until a week last Thursday when the landlord explained they had run out of cheese, and could only offer a ham toastie. At the time the rabbit seemed quite happy with this substitute, but strangely he failed to appear at the pub again for over a week. He was however back in as usual last night looking rather less bright eyed and fluffy tailed than usual. I asked him where he'd been and he told me he'd had rather a bad case of 'mixing my toasties' :roll:

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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby gbsahne » Sun Oct 07, 2012 17:06 pm

grated cheese and egg

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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby buy_my_cookies » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:22 am

Does anyone know of a Breville type toastie maker that does NOT cut it into two little triangles? I love a toastie every now and the convenience of using the maker is great. But I hate having my toastie unnecessarily squashed in the middle!


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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby pangolin » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:54 am

spasypaddy wrote:baked beans and cheese!


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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby mudcow007 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:14 am

i have yet to tame the beast of the legendary toastie

the cheese has the consistence (an heat) of napalm an will stick to anything an burn

ive heard of some people putting ketchup inside their toastie only for it to errupt all over their face when they chow down

they should be banned


i want a toastie now
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby Greg66 Tri v2.0 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:20 am

That 50/50 bread that's neither white nor brown, buttered on the outside.

Tomato puree from a tube, thinly smeared on one slice. Cheese - cheddar, or gruyère or mozzarella if you're fancy. Parma ham or chorizo. A sprinkling of dried chillies.

Whack it on the sandwich maker.

Pizza in a toastie. Now that's what I call living.
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby memsley89 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:17 pm

There's a few pages of toasties in Jamie's new '15 minute meals' book...
Including one with an egg, which looked INCREDIBLE!
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby t4tomo » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:24 pm

mature cheddar, wholegrain mustard and a dash of worcester sauce.

Too much washing up with toastie machines. I use a Dualit toaster which has the sandwich cages, butter on inside only.

Also doff hat to the eggy bread fried sandwiches above - marmite makes a great filling for them.
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Re: The Perfect Toastie.....

Postby spasypaddy » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:26 pm

pangolin wrote:
spasypaddy wrote:baked beans and cheese!


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