What’s your perfect grilled cheese/cheese toastie recipe?
I keep it simple, but I have recently been adding some fruity fire to mine with Tracklements Feisty Pineapple Achar...
I really love a condiment. I love condiments so much, I think I’ve got a bit of a problem. We’re just about to start on our kitchen extension at home, and one of my biggest concerns is having enough room for all of them…
I also love cheese toasties (or a grilled cheese for the US FoodTribers!). Everyone seems to have their perfect take on what makes the best version of this simple lunchtime treat, including what goes inside it, how you cook it, how you cut it, what butter you should use… everything.
I’ve been known to enjoy a cheese, bean and Branston Pickle toastie (James May would be pleased), but my current obsession, is even more simple: Double Gloucester cheese, and Tracklements Feisty Pineapple Achar.
What is achar?
Achar is a general-ish term for South Asian pickle. It can be made from different vegetables or fruits, which are then preserved in brine, vinegar, oils, with plenty of spices in there, and of course, chillies.
Back in the day, achar were made to help preserve foods for long periods of time, but today they’re eaten more as accompaniments to meals because they taste so good!
Tracklements has recently brought out its limited-edition Feisty Pineapple Achar. I’ve eaten it with all kinds of South Asian rice and noodle dishes, but I’ve also discovered it adds a proper punch to a cheese toastie. There’s just something about pineapple and chilli together that goes so well – and even better when you throw some cheese into the mix.
My perfect cheese toastie recipe
Heat up a non-stick frying pan over a medium flame.
Add a tsp of butter to the pan.
Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise onto two slices of bread (I used Hovis 50/50 medium sliced).
Put one slice of bread mayo side down into the pan. Top with a healthy portion of grated cheese – I use Double Gloucester.
Let it do its thing for a couple of minutes.
I add my pineapple achar at this point.
Top with the other slice of bread – mayo side up – carefully flip, and cook for another couple of minutes on the other side.
Press down with a spatula to make sure it’s all getting squishy and gooey.
Slice on the diagonal, and enjoy.
I know you can get fancy with sourdoughs and artisan cheeses and things, but for me, a simple cheese toastie is perfection, and something that doesn’t need to be taken to the next level.
I'd love to know what your perfect cheese toastie/grilled cheese recipe is!
What goes in it, what goes on it, what goes around it... I want those cheesy deets!