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How to make the perfect cheese toastie, every time

The most perfect food, perfected.

THE HUMBLE CHEESE toastie is one of the world’s best comfort foods, but to have a truly perfect, transcendent toastie experience, you can’t just bang it into the George Foreman any old way.

When they said LEGENDARY... They meant it!!! Source: mr_jeng

Whether you’re toasting it in a sandwich maker or doing it American-style in a dry frying pan, here are some tips to ensure you get a great toastie, every time.

Let’s talk about bread.

Made my own bread. #bread #food #bake #whitebread #wasbored #yummy #smellsgood #tastesgood #enjoy #domesticgod Source: Instagram/cconnorj

People like to show off with fancy breads, but Jeremy Lee of The Guardian says that sourdough burns “too easily along the crust”, thus ruining the whole thing.

What you really want is a loaf of “good” white bread, not too thick.

How about cheese?

The King of Cheese Toasties #brother #cheesetoastie Source: Instagram/brittneyjennifer

Sharp cheddars are always a great bet, but cheese toastie experts also recommend Swiss Gruyere if you’re feeling swish.

According to YouTuber Laura Werlin, the biggest mistake people make with toasties is using big wedges of cheese. She recommends grated cheese, which is all well and good, but we would put forward that thinly slicing your chosen cheddar is the way to go for a perfect melt.

How long should we be toasting for?

I can't remember the last time I had a Monday off work.. It feels amaazingg! Source: Instagram/yaseenchapters

Andrey Datsenko, the owner of a cheese toastie café in London, tells The Telegraph that three to five minutes should be enough – but it depends on the bread and cheese you have chosen.

Ideally, the toastie should be crispy on the outside, but the inside should be a gooey, melty mess. Yum.

And the additions?

Not on Leather Lane today! Tube strikes/ traffic jams have got the better of us. But here's a melted cheese shot, something to look forward to tomorrow. Source: Instagram/grill_my_cheese

The beauty of the cheese toastie is that it can be anything you want it to be. But if you’re looking for some sure-fire ways to take it up a notch, try any or all of the following steps:

  • Butter the outside of the bread for a golden crust (as seen above)
  • Add Worcestershire sauce or Ballymaloe relish
  • Crack a bit of black pepper over the cheese

So, to recap:

Medium-thick white bread + grated/thinly sliced cheese + three to five minutes toasting time = the perfect cheese toastie. 

What’s your personal recipe for perfect cheese on toast? Let us know in the comments. 

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