Toasted Cheese sandwiches are that rare thing. A simple sandwich which can be transformed into a culinary masterpiece by adding a few simple ingredients. There are numerous cookbooks written on the subject but there really is NO need to complicate it. We had too many figs so we replaced the cheddar with gooey brie, added some chopped figs and voila the humble cheese toastie has become an incredible taste sensation.

Obviously we don’t want to be too prescriptive because actually anything goes. This is the time to go wild with your fridge. All you need is cheese (almost any) as a base layer and then a complimentary fruity layer to cut through the richness.

WHAT YOU  NEED

  • Butter
  • Ciabatta Rolls or for toasted sandwiches
  • Sweet Onion Chutney
  • Fresh Figs (Or you could substitute Fig chutney for the figs and the onion but not.as.good)
  • Ripe Brie
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Winter leaves for serving

These combinations are some of our favourite;

American (plastic) Cheese and pickle

Red Cheddar and onion pickle

Stilton and Piccaliili (seriously this is SUBLIME and a great way to use up Christmas leftovers)

Gruyere and Grilled Bacon

Marmite, Cheddar and Sweet Tomato Chilli Jam

Cheddar and Bacon Jam

Cheshire Cheese and Ham

Talaggeio and Sage

Method for Toastie Maker

  1. Heat up a Toasted Sandwich Maker as per instructions.
  2. Butter your bread on both sides.
  3. Spread sweet onion chutney (or similar) across the bottom slice.
  4. Lay your layers of Brie across the chutney going as close to the edge as you dare.
  5. Place your cut or chopped figs on top of the cheese and place the top slice on.
  6. Place in Sandwich maker until done.
  7. Serve as it comes or with some winter leaves.

Oven Method or Grill Pan

  1. Butter your bread on both sides. For the oven method we like to use mini ciabatta.
  2. Spread sweet onion chutney (or similar) across the bottom slice.
  3. Lay your layers of Brie across the chutney going as close to the edge as you dare.
  4. Place your cut or chopped figs on top of the cheese and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Put the open sandwich in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the figs are half cooked.
  6. Squidge the top half of the sandwich on and cut in half.
  7. Serve as it comes or with some winter leaves.