The ultimate comfort food, cheese toasties can't be beaten for an easy lunch or afternoon snack. And this mega cheese toastie recipe offers not one, but four, different flavour combinations. Cheese lovers, unite.
And whether you're working with artisanal bread, or are using up a few (slightly stale) slices, you're guaranteed to achieve tasty results if you follow our recipe.
Find out how to make it below, then head over to our food hub for more recipe ideas and inspiration. It's also worth picking up the best sandwich toaster, if you don't already have one and want to make this with no fuss.
How to make a cheese toastie like Jamie Oliver
So, how does Jamie Oliver go about making his mega cheese toasties? Here's everything you need to know:
1. Jamie Oliver starts by buttering his bread on both sides, before adding a liberal amount of cheese to one of the slices of bread. He recommends Cheddar, Red Leicester, or a mixture of the two.
Top tip: if you're looking for something slightly different, Jamie Oliver also suggests the following flavour combinations
- Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese, Wensleydale & apricot jam (or even orange marmalade). Serve with a pickle.
- Keen’s Cheddar, Red Leicester and dry-cured smoked ham. Serve with baby spinach, watercress and apple salad.
- Coolea, Westcombe Cheddar, a tablespoon of chopped onions slow-cooked in a splash of red wine vinegar and a slice of roast ham.
- Keen’s Cheddar, sliced tomato, quick-pickled red onion (sliced red onion soaked in red wine vinegar, salt and a few thyme tips), sea salt & freshly ground black pepper.
- Westcombe Cheddar and Gruyère, thinly sliced smoked ham and a lick of Dijon mustard. Serve with cornichons.
2. Then, Jamie Oliver places the second piece of bread on top, before transferring to a non-stick frying pan and cooking for around three minutes on both sides. He recommends opting for a medium heat to ensure that your toastie cooks evenly and you ultimately achieve 'internal cheese lava flow.' Mmmmm.
3. Next – and this is where it gets really good – Jamie Oliver lifts his cheese toastie out of the pan and grates a small amount of cheese into the base of the frying pan, along with a pinch of cayenne pepper.
4. Jamie Oliver then returns his cheese toastie to the pan, allowing it to cook for a minute or two in the melting cheese below.
5. He then flips it to the other side before removing from the pan and serving.