Comforting Old School Cheese Toastie

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By Darren Purchese

There is nothing more comforting than a melted cheese toastie. This version takes things up a notch by replacing the usual sliced bread with Brioche and packing the interior with some outstanding table cheeses.

Gruyère is a smooth, pale-yellow cheese named for the town of Gruyères in Switzerland where it was originally made. It's rich, creamy and slightly nutty in taste and melts like a dream. Montgomery Cheddar is a traditional clothbound, raw cow's milk cheese from Somerset in England. It has an earthy quality which is unlike the sharp, bitey qualities of the more industrial cheddars.

Both cheeses can be substituted for other choices but are always Darren's pick when recreating this nostalgic toastie.

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8 Slices of Brioche – medium
140g Gruyere cheese, grated
140g Cheddar, Montgomery, grated
4 Spring Onion, peeled and sliced thinly
4tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 Black pepper, freshly ground (to taste)
240g unsalted butter, softened

EQUIPMENT

 Large non-stick pan
1

Lay four slices of brioche out and mix the two cheeses together in a bowl. Evenly distribute the cheese onto the four slices and level out with your fingers. Add sliced spring onion to each sandwich and splash Worcestershire sauce on each slice. Freshly grind black pepper onto each slice and top with the remaining slices of brioche and push down gently.

 

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Preheat an oven to 180℃ and heat 80g of the butter, over a medium heat, in a large non-stick fry pan until it is just starting to froth. Add two sandwiches to the pan and cook them to golden brown for a few minutes before flipping them over and cooking the other side for a minute or two. Use a slice to remove the sandwiches from the pan and place them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Wipe the frying pan with paper towel and add another 80g of butter, heat the pan again and cook the remaining two sandwiches the same way as the first. Remove these and place them onto the tray with the other sandwiches. Spread the remaining butter onto the top of each sandwich and place the tray into the oven to bake further for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven; allow them to sit for a minute before cutting in half and serving.

 

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Lay four slices of brioche out and mix the two cheeses together in a bowl. Evenly distribute the cheese onto the four slices and level out with your fingers. Add sliced spring onion to each sandwich and splash Worcestershire sauce on each slice. Freshly grind black pepper onto each slice and top with the remaining slices of brioche and push down gently.

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Preheat an oven to 180℃ and heat 80g of the butter, over a medium heat, in a large non-stick fry pan until it is just starting to froth. Add two sandwiches to the pan and cook them to golden brown for a few minutes before flipping them over and cooking the other side for a minute or two. Use a slice to remove the sandwiches from the pan and place them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Wipe the frying pan with paper towel and add another 80g of butter, heat the pan again and cook the remaining two sandwiches the same way as the first. Remove these and place them onto the tray with the other sandwiches. Spread the remaining butter onto the top of each sandwich and place the tray into the oven to bake further for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven; allow them to sit for a minute before cutting in half and serving.