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The glory of a cheese toastie!

Wednesday, 1st November, 2017 4:40pm

As a fanatic of cheese, I love a good cheese toastie.

So far, I haven’t been very adventurous with my fillings – staying with the humble onion and cheese only. Now you might say, it doesn’t really need skill to make such a simple cheese toastie but let me tell you that the quality of the cheese and bread plays an important role in me saying ‘OMG’ or simply ‘grand’.

Most pubs will be able to produce a decent toastie with the basic ingredients and we don’t expect anything more from it. But there is a pub in Bray that is celebrating the humble cheese toastie this weekend.

The Harbour Bar is inviting their punters to order either the humble or the more adventurous version of the Harbour Bar Toastie.

First off, I love the idea of dedicating a weekend to a single food (shepherd’s pie, lasagna etc comes to mind) and secondly, it got me thinking why I never make a toastie at home.

I don’t have the grill press to produce one but I also associate a toasted sandwich with pubs and diner-style places rather than home food.

I should really change that – or even better, let’s encourage pubs and cafes to create their own signature toastie.

Vloggers Reactions on YouTube have put the science into the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. According to them, the best for a good melt in the toastie are cheeses with a pH value of 5.3 – 5.5 and recommending a mild processed cheddar and even singles (shudder).

I think I am quite happy not knowing what cheese a kitchen uses. For making a grilled cheese sandwich at home, one doesn’t need a grill as the proper way of making it is in the frying pan – with a lot of butter (everything tastes better with butter).

First, you fry the bread slices in butter, then you add the cheese on top of one and cover it with the second slice. Now, slowly you let it fry until the cheese starts melting. Turn it carefully over and continue until the cheese is nice and gooey (applying a little pressure to the bread will aid the gooeyiness).

A toasted cheese sandwich can be lifted with the addition of lovely chutney, pickles or mustard.

Let your imagination go wild with other additions. And for a special treat, why not try the Reuben Sandwich?

A bit decadent but so worth it! Some make it with pastrami but as far as I know, the original Reuben is made with corned beef. Saying that, I had it with spiced beef and it was just as tasty.

A Reuben includes rye bread, Swiss cheese, thinly sliced beef, sauerkraut and dressing and, of course, the grilling.

What is your favourite toastie?

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