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What exactly is a ‘toastie’?

Well, it’s not rocket surgery. It’s just a sandwich that’s been toasted. Depending on where you’re from and how you roll, you might refer to it as a toasted or grilled sandwich. But basically if you put something (preferably edible) between two pieces of bread, and then stick it inside some kind of heat source then, congratulations, you have yourself a toastie!

It’s a classic dish which has satisfied generations of hungry toastie enthusiasts the world over. However the simplicity of its design is what affords infinite creative opportunities. There are any number of possible combinations of bread and fillings that can be crafted into toasties, limited only by the human imagination and pioneering spirit.

Why are you doing this?

Thirsty for knowledge, and armed with a toastie maker and a cavalier disregard for culinary conventions, I want to discover new toastie fillings and new toastie experiences. The question is not ‘why’ am I doing this, but ‘why not’?

Also, melting stuff is fun.

What’s wrong with just making a cheese and tomato toastie?

Absolutely nothing, the cheese and tomato toastie is a time-honoured classic. But it’s been done. The Toastie Project is about innovation. It seeks to push the boundaries of contemporary toastie-making and explore a brave new world of toasted goodness. It’s time to put aside the cheese and tomato; a new era in toasties has begun.

So where do you make your toasties then?

These toasties are made in the staffroom at my place of employment, which is furnished with a Kambrook sandwich press that I affectionately refer to as ‘El Toastie Maker’. Oh mi amigo, you have brought so much delight into lunchtimes.

I would also like to add that nothing looks more professional than spending a lot of time making toasties in the staffroom, particularly if you use unusual ingredients which start to burn and the smell then spreads throughout the building. If you want to advance up the corporate ladder I suggest you start doing this as often as possible.  Toasties – for business and pleasure.

I find the world of toasties strangely alluring. Can you suggest some useful resources for further research into this dynamic field?

Why yes, I highly recommend the excellent Kiwi Toastie book by Astral Sligo, which was part of the inspiration for this project. It contains recipes for toasties for every type of meal and social occasion. If you buy any toastie-centric work of literature this year, make sure it’s this one!

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2012 10:24 am

    This is pure genius – bravo! I’d be interested in a to see a mince and cheese pie with T-sauce make it in. Or fush & chups.

    This is important work – keep it up

  2. bridget permalink
    March 19, 2012 12:31 am

    Mmm toastie goodness, may i recommend a personal favourite: the apple pie toastie.

    2 slices of fruit bread
    small amount of canned apple pie filling
    sprinkling of cinnamon and brown sugar

    For best results toast in one of those machines that cuts and seals the toasties into two halves.

    Serve with ice cream. Delish!

  3. April 6, 2012 3:35 am

    Having had a liquorice icreacream this afternoon, I humbly request the testing of a liquorice allsorts toastie in the near future

  4. June 21, 2012 6:49 pm

    This is seriously the craziest blog I have yet encountered. Love it!

  5. Twizzler Toastie permalink
    July 17, 2012 10:04 am

    So informative, I goog’d toothpaste sandwich and you cam right up, went through every photo with wide eyes. Loved the blog !

  6. BookGeek permalink
    September 16, 2012 9:39 pm

    This is definitely important research in the field of toasties (Toastus weirdus) and I will quite likely reference you in the book I am penning: The History of Toasting Toasties.

  7. Astral - The Toastie Queen ;-) permalink
    September 19, 2012 4:08 am

    Thanks for the comments about my book! Please direct people to this link

    Well done for embarking on toastie goodness! I’ll post about your blog on the Kiwi Toasties facebook page

    Keep it cheesey!

    • November 12, 2012 8:06 am

      Thanks so much Astral! I’m honoured to be acknowledged by a world leader in the Toastie Sciences such as yourself. Your book is truly inspirational. *salutes*

  8. shari permalink
    October 2, 2012 11:55 pm

    Hello! please be aware that your website was included in the October issue of “Readers Digest” magazine under “The Funniest Food on the Web”. BE PREPARED!!!! And please – continue on, the world needs your research! My husband & I just received [as a gift] our first panini press and can’t wait to gather more ideas from your pages.

    • November 12, 2012 7:56 am

      Thanks! I am very pleased to be appearing in Readers Digest, and even more excited to be inspiring fellow Toastie Enthusiasts such as yourselves. I wish you the best of luck on your panini endeavours 🙂

  9. November 28, 2012 3:54 pm

    Toastie Mistress, I am Mr Manwich! Loving your work. Do you have a Twitter account?
    I’m @MrManwich. Come say hi!

  10. grg allan permalink
    May 16, 2013 2:05 pm

    Is it rocket surgery or not??????????????????????????????????

  11. May 17, 2013 1:10 pm

    I think toasties are truily amazing (Greg Allan)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Parker permalink
    February 3, 2014 9:39 pm

    This is the best site I’ve encountered in a while. Keep toasting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Madeleine permalink
    March 10, 2014 12:12 am

    This is beautiful and I am a huge fan

  14. Lauren Tyreman permalink
    March 14, 2014 2:16 pm


  15. Toastie Guy permalink
    March 12, 2016 2:08 am

    Top stuff. Keep them coming – you’ve not done a post since 2014!

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