Irish Cheese Toasties (Cheese on Toast)
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.
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
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.
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.
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Lastly, 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 brown and the center-most part of the cheese mixture is puffed up.
Remove from the oven, sprinkle with fresh chives, and serve immediately.
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!
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!
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- Creamed Chip Beef on Toast
- Ham and Cheese Breakfast Panini
- Ultimate Breakfast BLT
- Easiest Brazilian Cheese Bread
Irish Cheese Toasties (Cheese on Toast)
- 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.