Why yes, I really am writing a blog post about cheese on toast. They don’t call this site ‘simple vegetarian recipes’ for nothing (and by ‘they’, I mean me).
Have you ever had cheese on toast? My trusty Wikipedia informs me that it’s mostly a British thing. If you’ve never had it before, I probably don’t need to do much explaining – we’re quite fond of our ‘does what it says on the tin’ kind of recipes over here. Cheese on toast – literally, cheese, put on some toast (however toad in the hole is another, altogether less literal, matter).
Wikipedia also informs me that ‘recipe books and internet articles tend to elaborate on the basics, adding ingredients and specifying accompaniments to make more interesting reading’ – and since (say it with me now) everything is better with avocado, I thought I’d avocado-ify my usual lunchtime snack. In fact, avocado toast (bread + avocado + salt and pepper) is one of my favourite breakfasts, so really this is an amalgamation of two of my favourite simple meals.
This recipe really couldn’t be easier. Bread + tomato + avocado + cheese. It’s not rocket science, nor brain surgery, but if you’re unlucky enough to live in a country where cheese on toast isn’t a thing, you might not have thought of it yourself.
In my opinion, the best thing about cheese on toast is those little crispy bits of burnt cheese you get around the edge, and on the baking tray. In fact I’m usually deliberately messy when adding the cheese, getting it all over the tray, because you end up with more crispy bits that way. Gather them up and heap them on top of your cheese on toast, and you get the best of both worlds – crispy cheese and melty cheese in one. Utter heaven!
- 2 thick slices of good quality bread
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 50g cheddar cheese, grated
- Lightly toast the bread on both sides.
- Place a couple of slices of tomato on each slice, and then the slices of avocado. Top with the grated cheese, and place under the grill / broiler for a few minutes, until the cheese is golden brown. Serve immediately.