For me making a classic cheese toastie is all about the right ingredients. If you have the right ingredients it becomes something quite divine. Quality ingredients are the right ingredients. You can’t expect something to taste fantastic if you don’t start out with good things.
First of all the bread. Don’t use some paper-thin,white, sliced bread. I find that toasties work a better with bread that is a bit thicker anyway. I used my own homemade (with the breadmaker) bread. It’s a tasty bread which only uses 4 ingredients: flour, water, yeast and salt. To be honest it doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that. If you don’t make your own bread, it’s better to use a loaf that has been baked on site rather than one packed full of preservatives for a long shelf life. The joy of toasting a sandwich is that you don’t need to use fresh bread, in fact a few days old is just fine.
Next the cheese. Now I love extra mature cheddar and so does H. In fact, it’s difficult to be too mature for us. Mr Nine to Three Thirty likes his a little milder, say a medium, so going for mature cheddar is the compromise solution. I was interested to try Tickler Mature Cheddar,we’d been sent,to see if it had enough bite for H and I, but was still smooth enough for the other half. In fact, it seems to tick the boxes for us all: it’s very smooth and creamy, but still has a lively taste. So that was the main part of our filling sorted.
Now the pickle. This provides a little extra something in taste to set off the cheese. Again I opted for homemade. Each year I make a chutney from the vegetable garden gluts. The other year it was green bean chutney, but this year looks like being green tomato chutney.
Now assemble your sandwich and work the magic in the sandwich toaster to make your classic cheese toastie. More smorging ideas over at Castello Cheese. Enjoy!