Stuart Forster suggests a simple twist to lift a humble toasted cheese sandwich in this tuna, sweetcorn and cheese toastie recipe.
A number of the dishes that I’ve cooked during the coronavirus lockdown are likely to feature among my future lunches, dinners and snacks. This easy-to-make tuna, sweetcorn and cheese toastie recipe is one of them.
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There are others that I won’t be tempted to repeat. I hate wasting food (detractors might point to my waistline and say that’s blatantly obvious — #BeKind) but one attempt at cooking a tarka dal was so awfully, utterly bad that it ended up in the bin.
Generally, I’m pleased with the food I’ve cooked during the lockdown period. It’s been varied, nutritious and, in the main, enjoyable to prepare. I’ve both followed recipes and experimented, which has kept it interesting.
A tasty toasted Cheese sandwich
Cheese toasties tend to be one of my go to any time of day snacks. Occasionally, I don’t shy from making a cheese toastie for breakfast though I tend to favour my homemade granola. More commonly they’re a dish I make when I’m looking for a quick and tasty lunch or tea. Making a cheese toastie can be tastier and significantly less expensive than ordering in food.
It’s possible to make a cheese toastie under a grill or in the oven but it’s far simpler to prepare them in a dedicated grilled sandwich maker. The Breville Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster and Toastie Maker is available via Amazon (£):
At present, I use a George Foreman grill. It’s simple to operate, only taking a couple of minutes to heat up, and easy to clean (£):
One of my favourite cheese toasties is made with sliced ham and cheese. Known as tosta mista in the cafés and bars of Portugal, they tended to be my breakfast on the go during early starts in Lisbon. Every time I have one reminds me of a café that I used to frequent near the Santa Apolonia railway station.
Variety, though, is the spice of life. It would be dull to have the same type of toastie every time, so why not give something different a go? Those were my thoughts as I came up with this recipe.
In addition to a cheese toastie maker you’ll need a cheese grater, mixing bowl, tablespoon, knife and chopping board to make my tuna, sweetcorn and grilled cheese sandwich.
Ingredients of this tuna, sweetcorn and cheese toastie recipe
This tuna, sweetcorn and cheese toastie recipe requires the following ingredients (to make three toasted sandwiches):
Six slices of wholemeal bread
One 160-gram tin of canned tuna fish
One 150-gram tin of canned sweetcorn
100 grams of mature cheddar cheese
Half of a medium-sized red onion
One heaped tablespoon of mayonnaise
One teaspoon of harissa spice (try paprika if you don’t have any harissa at home)
How to make my tuna, sweetcorn grilled cheese sandwich
Making a cheese toastie is easy. Follow these four simple steps to make my tuna, sweetcorn and cheese toastie recipe:
- Grate the cheese into the mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise, spice, sweetcorn and tuna fish.
- Chop the onion into small pieces and add them to the bowl. Stir the contents of the bowl together.
- Spoon the mixture onto three of the slices of bread. Ensure it is layered on relatively thickly (see photo below for guidance). Add top slices of bread to close the sandwiches.
- Grill the sandwiches for around five minutes.
These toasted sandwiches are easy to prepare and big on flavour. They’re ideal as an easy lunch or an all-day snack.
Hopefully you’ll find this recipe easy to follow and the only burning issue is be how to serve your grilled sandwiches. Should they be cut across the middle or diagonally? That issue has been dogging cheese toastie lovers such as myself for years. Aesthetically, I think the diagonal cut is ideal. Why? Simply because I think that diagonally cut sandwiches look better on a plate.
Please feel welcome chip in with your viewpoint in the comments field below. Likewise, if you have any feedback, suggestions on how to enhance this recipe or other grilled cheese sandwich ideas that you’d like to share, please feel free to share them below. If you’ve got a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich recipe that you want to make public, please add a comment.
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