Thursday, February 23 is National Toast Day, which, as big fans of toasted bread, makes us very happy. It also got us thinking about our favourite toasties. Of which there are many. This list of ten is what we narrowed it down to. You probably have favourite toastie recipes of your own -- we'd love to hear them, so do let us know in the comments.
As for this list, it's not in any particular order. We couldn't pick a winner or put them in any kind of order - they're all the best to us (which is why we've named the post 'Ten Top' rather than 'Top Ten'!). We've included dessert recipes alongside savory ones too for a bit of variety. Do try as many as you can, and do tell us your thoughts, we want to know if our choices are up to your standards.
Right, let's get on with it...
Jamie Oliver’s Anglo-French toastie sounds upmarket, but it’s really just a fancier version of a classic ham and cheese toastie. The fancy bits come from the quality of the ingredients and the addition of things like apple and white wine vinegar.
Image: Jamie Oliver
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The grilled cheese sandwich is a staple of the American diet. This iteration from the New York Times is about as authentic as it gets, combining butter, mayo and grated cheddar for oozing cheese perfection.
Image: New York Times
Eggy Bread Pizza Toastie
Eggy bread is one of our favourite things. Pizza is also one of our favourite things. The two together was only ever going to be good. Kudos Proper Tasty.
Image: Proper Tasty (Facebook)
Apple Pie Toasties
The best toastie recipes aren’t always savoury. Taste of Home proves that cooked apple works just as well between two slices of toasted bread as it does in the confines of shortcrust pastry.
Image: Taste of Home
Rachael Ray’s toastie involves making burgers from scratch. You could save a bit of effort by cooking up a readymade patty, but that would be cheating. And besides, the burgers this recipe yields are well worth following the instructions for!
Image: Rachael Ray
The Ultimate Tuna Melt
Ordinary tuna melts tend to be special. Ultimate tuna melts are at a level you’ve yet to experience. Alongside tuna and cheese, Kelis’ recipe includes veg and sweet things like dried apple, raisins and nuts. It all combines to produce a splendid toasted sandwich.
Image: The Guardian
Caribbean Grilled Toasties
Food Network’s mango salsa filling is a great veggie option for toastie lovers. And cooking Italian bread in curry butter is a masterstroke. This recipe serves four people, but can easily be scaled to suit.
Image: Food Network
The Full English Breakfast Toastie
Someone had to do it, didn’t they? Student Eats’ recipe isn’t quite a ‘full’ English, but the bacon, egg and tomato filling is more than enough to stop you questioning where the sausage is.
Image: Student Eats
Lemon Meringue Pie Toastie
Okay, lemon meringue pie in a toastie is a questionable choice, but you’ll just have to trust on this one. Cakey Boi’s lemon curd, marshmallow and biscuit spread combo could well become your new dessert of choice.
Image: Cakey Boi
Hot Elvis Toastie
Of course we had to round out the blog by paying homage to The King. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches were a personal favourite of Elvis’s, and if it’s good enough for The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, you had better believe it’s good enough for us. Enjoy BBC GoodFood’s offering for brunch or dessert.
Image: BBC GoodFood
Thursday, February 23 is National Toast Day, which, as big fans of toasted bread, makes us very happy. It also got us thinking about our favourite toasties. Of which there are many. This list of ten is what we narrowed it down to.