This is the easiest, most delicious vegan toastie to end all vegan toasties. Okay, fine, if you perfectly craft each ingredient on your own, you may create something completely out of this world. But for something you whack together in minutes? NO CONTEST.
Highly recommended for mornings, afternoons, evenings, late nights, 4am post-boozing snack (lol ok fine 1am). It is also PERFECTION (and I don’t use that word lightly) with a steamy bowl of tomato basil soup. Do what you will with it, the power is soon to be in your hands.
Isn’t she perfection?
The cheese you use is everything. There are some great vegan cheeses out there, and there are some not-so-great ones. These three, in my opinion, are winners.
I used to make it with just the Violife Original and Tesco Free From Red Leicester, but three cheese just sounds so much better, so why not add a little Violife Cheddar to the party? The point of that wee anecdote is that if you want to just use two cheeses (I recommend the ones I’ve used – Violife Original & Tesco RL), then that works too, still delicious.
The beauty of the dish is that it’s pretty versatile. You can add whatever you want to it. I’ll put some of my recommendations in the recipe below.
So, without further ado…
Sourdough (or whatever bread you fancy – thick bread, sourdough or/and seeded are my favourites)
Tesco Free From Red Leicester
Chutney of your choice – my favourites picks are Stokes Sticky Pickle, TFCC Onion Chutney or Stokes Chilli Jam (or if you have kimchi, whack that in there instead – SO GOOOOOD)
Huzzah if you have a toastie machine, otherwise it’s to the frying pan and stove for you! I have one of these.
Method (Pretty self-explanatory, but here we go)
- Turn on your toastie maker (is that the word for it? Toastie machine? Yummy melted sandwich giver? Who knows well not me that’s for sure).
- Slice up your bread if it hasn’t already been sliced for you (god forbid). Form a layer of each cheese, one on top of the other, on one slice of bread. Break it up to work around the shape of the bread if you need to – don’t spill it over the edge as this will just fall off when being toastie-fied. The cheese feels like plastic, yes I know, but soon it will be melted goodness oozing into your mouth.
- On the other slice of bread (which should be a fairly identical size), spread across your sticky pickle/onion chutney/chilli jam/whatever you’ve decided to go for. Pop it on top of your slice with the cheese stacked, chutney side down. You’ve got a neat little sandwich now! But yuck, don’t eat it yet.
- Place the sandwich in the toastie maker, and gently push down. Check on it after a couple of minutes, and only take it out when the cheese looks melted inside and oozing (lift the top of the sandwich and have a peak if you’re really unsure). You want a nice dark brown colour on the bread, like an am-I-a-little-burnt-no-just-delicious colour.
- When you feel it has reached perfection, remove the sandwich with a flat utensil/pancake flipper, and switch off the toastie maker (unless you’re making MORE THAN ONE you crazy kid).
Cut it in half with a bread knife, grab your phone and Insta-Story that bad boy. #CrueltyFreeMuthafuka
Have no fear, vegans – the toastie lives on, and it’s better than ever.
So while writing this, I did a google and found that my toastie maker is actually called a ‘sandwich press’, and I plan to rebel against this. Toastie maker forever!
If you’ve tried it out with different chutneys or cheeses, LET ME KNOW! I would love to see new variations and your own takes on it. Just try and hold off eating a loaf of bread in two days, but we’re so not judging if you do.