Sunday, 3 August 2008

Cheese On Toast


This is one of my favourite comfort foods. I prefer it to grilled cheese sandwiches.

You do need a good quality cheese, though. I bought this Australian import from Whole Foods. It was a reasonable price as well, US$4.99 a pound.

American cheese, like Tillamook or whatever, will work. However it does NOT give the same result.

Really good Cheese On Toast, has a creamy, non-oily texture to it. The bog standard American cheese that you buy at the supermarket, doesn't give you that result. In my experience anyway.

There is no set amount for the cheese and onion. I made six pieces of toast, so I measured what I used, so I could give you an idea of what amounts you need to use. If you use large amounts of cheese, etc, you may need to use a bit more egg. You want enough egg to bind the mixture together, but not have it sloppy.

Cheese On Toast

Cheese ( I used 6 oz of Tasty Cheddar)
Finely chopped onion (I used 4 tbsp)
1 beaten egg. (you could also use eggbeaters)
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
6 slices of medium toasted bread

Preheat broiler or toaster oven


Grate cheese into a bowl.


Mix in beaten egg, finely chopped onion to the cheese. Season with freshly ground pepper. Add some salt if you want, but I never do.


Evenly distribute tomato slices on toast. Divide the cheese mixture between the six slice. My mixture evened out to about a dessertspoon and a bit for every piece of toast.



Place cheese covered toast under broiler or in toaster oven. Cook until topping is melted, puffy and golden brown.

Serve while hot.

You can vary this recipe in many ways. Add in ideas include chopped peppers, chopped tomatoes, canned tuna and so on. I didn't put any spread on the toast before adding the cheese mixture, but you can spread mayo, mustard, * Vegemite, etc. You could also add a small amount of Worcestershire sauce to the cheese mixture, which would give you something that tastes similar to Welsh Rarebit.

Experiment with different types of bread as well. I used Whole Wheat. Small rounds of French bread topped with the cheese mixture, makes a nice savoury dish for a party.

I serve this with soup for a quick lunch or tea (dinner).



It also makes a nice breakfast with bacon and egg. :-)

* Vegemite - This link gives you an explanation as to what Vegemite is. The link only mentions Australia, however it should also include New Zealand as it is eaten there and is a bit of a national icon and part of Kiwi culture. It is definitely an acquired taste. If you happen to want to try some, then I would suggest you start off by spreading it thinly and tasting it with cheese on a cracker or something. it is good, once you get used to the taste :-)

20 comments:

addhumorandfaith said...

Karen -- I went over and read the history of Vegemite. Very interesting. I have actually tasted it once when our neighbors had visitors from NZ and they offered us all a taste. I have to say, I can absolutely agree it must be an acquired taste, because that one taste didn't make me yearn for more!

btw, I'm going to try the cheese bread -- it looks delicious!

Lori said...

YUMMY! I've got to stop coming by your blog when I'm hungry.

Got any recipes using Spam? :)

Chris H said...

*DROOLING*.... and I love me Vegemite!!!! Aquired taste me arse, it's just so..... YUM.

Belle said...

That looks absolutely DELICIOUS! I'm going to have to give cheese on toast a try very soon.

Z's Mom said...

Hi Karen....this looks awesome....I love cheese and it looks easy. Sounds like a win win to me! I'm gonna have to check out some other recipes you've got here. ;)

I'm also going to have to check out what vegemite is....I've often wondered but never googled it before.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Kat said...

This is definitely something my girls would love. And something they could easily make themselves. I make a similar recipe that is a dip - with cheese, onion, and creamcheese to hold it all together. Yummy with triscuits...

Kim Heinecke said...

This looks oh-so-good!
I puffy heart cheese...

Thanks for stopping by Deliberate Hope today!

leezee52 said...

It all looks so yummy!
Thanks so much for wishing me a Happy Birthday!
Lee :)

Rhea said...

That looks SO fabulously yummy.

Lula! said...

Every time I visit you, I leave hungry and wanting more. Every time.

Cheese on Toast...my idea of heaven, Karen!

John Deere Mom said...

Oh yum. I love a good grilled cheese, so I am sure I will love this too!

Slyde said...

one of my favorite meals is to take a roll, put american chees and salami on it, and nuke it for like 20 seconds... i love it!

Apple Joos said...

Cheese on toast sounds yummy!! Mmmm... *drools*

Heather said...

This looks AMAZING!!

Debbie said...

Karen that looks so yummy. Did you submit any of this stuff to SITS? You probably did, I'm just so out of it....

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

Now you've done it! I'm off for a midnight snack!

Nancy said...

Looks like another delish recipe! and pretty easy too! I will have to come back often and check out your recipes. You have given me some inspiration to cook!

Rhiana said...

This looks so yummy! Minus the vegemite. ;)
I must try it this weekend for brunch!

Braja said...

Oh that's too much for an Aussie girl living in an Indian village who hails not far from Murray Bridge and who just wants some cheese on toast right now...
Braja
http://lostandfoundinindia.blogspot.com

Braja said...

And yeah, Vegemite is an acquired taste....and I have it!!

Braja
http://lostandfoundinindia.blogspot.com