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Irish Cheese Toasties (Cheese on Toast)

Best Cheese Toasties – This classic snack recipe makes an Irish-style cheese on toast with eggs, Worcestershire, and dijon mustard. It’s cheesy, savory, toasty, and oh-so satisfying!

Top down close view toasted bread with cheese and chives.

Why We Love this Toast Recipe

Cheese Toasties are a fabulously decadent breakfast, lunch, or snack in most parts of the UK. There are many variations between the United Kingdom countries, as well as regions within each country. A classic British Cheese Toastie is similar to an American grilled cheese sandwich, but also contains a bit of Worcestershire sauce, and sometimes herbs or mustard. It is then cooked in a grill pan to create defined grill marks.

However, an Irish Cheese Toastie (also called Cheese on Toast) is most commonly served open-faced. The cheese is mixed with egg to become extra puffy on top when baked!

We personally like this version because it feels significantly different than American grilled cheese, but is still a familiar and comforting food. It’s easy to make in the oven, and is perfect to curb a fatty-carb craving any time of day.

Hand holding piece of cheese toastie to camera.

Ingredients You Need

  • Sliced bread – brown, potato, white, or multi-grain
  • Butter – unsalted, softened
  • Eggs – for a yummy boost of protein
  • Dijon mustard – adds a great tangy flavor to balance the richness of the eggs and cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce – gives the cheese toastie a slightly savory taste
  • Aged Irish cheddar cheese – or your favorite sharp cheddar cheese
  • Black pepper – freshly cracked
  • Fresh chives – chopped
Ingredients you need: Eggs, aged cheddar, farmhouse bread, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce.

How to Make Cheese Toasties

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Set out a large baking sheet.

Lay the slices of bread on the baking sheet. Gently butter the top sides of the bread. Then flip the bread over so the buttered side is facing down.

Hand placing piece of buttered bread on a baking sheet.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk well.

Eggs, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a mixing bowl.

Then stir in the shredded cheddar and cracked black pepper.

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Shredded cheddar cheese on a cutting board.

Lastly, spoon the cheese mixture evenly over each piece of bread. Then spread it out into it even layer.

Pieces of bread on a baking sheet, each topped with egg and cheese mixture.

Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until the edges of the bread are golden brown and the center-most part of the cheese mixture is puffed up.

Baked cheese toasties on baking sheet.

Remove from the oven, sprinkle with fresh chives, and serve immediately.

Chives sprinkled on top of cheese toasty.

Serving Suggestions

This delicious rustic dish is great for breakfast or lunch, or as a satisfying snack! You can top it with ketchup, more mustard, or even sweet fruit jam for a fun contrast of flavors.

Enjoy for breakfast or brunch with a side of fresh-cut fruit and/or with bacon or sausage.

Cheese toastie is great as a quick lunch with a simple green salad or cut-up veggies. In the fall and winter, we love to pair with warm bowls of soup, like Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup and Cream of Celery Soup.

Serve cheese toast as-is for a snack any time of day!

Top down view cheese on toast with fresh chives.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best cheese for toasties?

Aged Irish cheddar is classic to make this recipe. However, any shredded melty cheese will do! Medium or sharp cheddar, pepper jack, and Colby jack cheese are also great options.

What is the difference between a grilled cheese and a cheese toastie?

A “grilled cheese” is typically a hot-pressed sandwich with cheese in the middle.

A toasty, however, is melted cheese on bread served open-faced. This recipe also includes a traditional blend of cheese plus eggs, Worcestershire, and mustard for much more flavor.

Is melted cheese on toast healthy?

There is a lot of tasty protein in this dish, thanks to the cheese and egg. But, because of the cheese and egg, you also have a good bit of fat and calories per serving.

Can I add meat to this recipe?

Sure! Place pieces of cooked ham, bacon, or sliced deli meats on the pieces of bread before adding the egg and cheese mixture.

And check out this fabulous Southern Shrimp Toast recipe, too!

Hand holding piece of Irish cheese toastie with bite taken out.

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Irish Cheese Toasties (Cheese on Toast)

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
This classic snack recipe makes an Irish-style cheese on toast with eggs, Worcestershire, and dijon mustard. It's cheesy, savory, toasty, and oh-so satisfying!
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bread brown, potato, white, multi-grain
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 7-8 ounces aged Irish cheddar shredded (or sharp cheddar)
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons fresh chopped chive

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Set out a large baking sheet.
  • Lay the pieces of bread on the baking sheet. Gently butter the top sides of the bread. Then flip the bread over so the buttered side is facing down.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk well. Then stir in the shredded cheddar and cracked black pepper.
  • Spoon the cheese mixture evenly over each piece of bread. Then spread it out into it even layer.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until the edges of the bread are golden and the center-most part of the cheese mixture is puffed up.
  • Remove from the oven, sprinkle with fresh chives, and serve immediately.

Notes

If you can’t find good aged Irish cheddar, select extra sharp cheddar or another strongly-flavor cheese that melts well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 280kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 125mg, Sodium: 454mg, Potassium: 119mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 593IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 287mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American, British, Irish
Author: Sommer Collier

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7 comments on “Irish Cheese Toasties (Cheese on Toast)”

  1. This was pretty simple to make and tasty too. Lots of cheese though. Don’t know how healthy that is. Had mine with a slice of turkey bacon. I used butter bread. I used just about half the amount of cheese and I still had extra. I also used only one tablespoon Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Had 2 slices for breakfast. Was very filling. 

  2. We use to have cheese on toast for tea. It was made under the grill, first toast one side of bread flip over lay slices of cheddar and grill till melted and if you feel daring spread tomato sauce (ketchup) or even better Branson pickle. The grill was eye level and I wish I had one today. Oh yes don’t forget a good cup of tea.

  3. some times a little bit of curry powder is mixed in – that’s my favourite !!

  4. These are the most flavorful eggs ever! So much better than regular scrambled eggs. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. These were a huge hit in my house, everyone loved them! So yummy!

  6. Open Egg and cheese sandwiches?? I think so! These turned out so good!! I will be putting these into rotation in our house!

  7. I love a good cheesy toast recipe, and these flavors are amazing! thank you so much for sharing