Monday, 23 February 2009

Cheese on Toast

Last Friday’s ‘Nibble’ contained a brief but apparently un-ignorable reference to cheese on toast.

As such, for the past 48 hours there has been a craving working away at my psyche and only this morning did I realise what it was.

Cheese on toast is another dish of implicit simplicity that manages to delight, satisfy and comfort in equal measure. The crunch of toasted white bread is the perfect foil to the soft, gooey warmth of melted cheddar cheese.

This is fast food as I see it – food that needs little thought or effort but can make you blissfully happy within a matter of minutes. It is the culinary equivalent of a big bear hug from a close friend.


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Do you really need a recipe for this? Surely not. Toast bread. Spread thinly with butter. Add an obscenely thick layer of cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with black pepper and a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce. Grill until the cheese is bubbling and just starting to blister into delicious brown patches.

Eat. Smile. Repeat until full.

Goes very well with a mug of tea and many episodes of Family Guy.

Part two of the pork scratching recipe is due in the next couple of days, so stay tuned.

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8 comments:

Heather said...

mmm. that is one of my favorite snacks ever! your pictures are gorgeous :)

Foodycat said...

You do know that them's fighting words, don't you Alex? You are going to be hit with oodles of people giving their way of doing it which is different to your way! So I will get in first.

I don't toast the bread first, or butter it, but I do like a thin slice of onion before my thickly sliced cheese.

Alex Rushmer said...

Thanks Heather, it's certainly one of mine too.

Foodycat - Is that a can of worms I've spilt there? Ooo, I hope so! I must admit, I have tried it with untoasted bread but wasn't taken. The addition of onion, on the other hand, sounds like a winner

greg said...

Nice Post. I find myself coming here more and more. This was such a comforting little read that I had to finally say hello! GREG www.sippitysup.com

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Definitely my perfect snack!

Just Cook It said...

Greg - welcome to just cook it! thanks for popping by and saying hello.

Thanks Sweet & Saucy. Doesn't get much better than that does it?

them apples said...

Cooking really doesn't get much easier than this.

I had a conversation with a colleague the other day along the lines of 'I can't cook, it's too complicated, don't have the time, prefer a ready meal', etc, etc, so I suggested he try two dishes - baking a potato (in an actual oven, not a microwave) and cheese on toast. Both dishes were an instant hit and spurred on a little culinary exploration.

Honestly, if that guy can cook it and enjoy it, it must be simple, and good.

Cheese on toast shows very clearly that you don't have to be a Michelin starred chef to produce something stunning in the kitchen.

Kevin said...

So simple and yet so good!