Not just reserved for university students or those on a low-budget, the humble sandwich maker has earned itself a new reputation.

Philly Cheesesteak Toastie - Credit: Breville | Good Homes Magazine

Image: Breville

Since launching the world’s first sandwich toasting machine over 40 years ago, Breville has been synonymous with this handy kitchen appliance.

They've put together three tasty ways to use your sandwich maker taking inspiration from some familiar favourites from around the world.

Philly Cheesesteak toastie

Serves 2

You don't have to go the whole hoagie to create these Philadelphian filled sandwiches.

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Image: Breville

Ingredients

  • 100-150g beef rib eye steak
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 slices of white medium bread
  • Spreadable butter
  • Sliced Emmental or mature cheddar cheese
  • American style yellow mustard

Method

  1. Slice the rib eye steak as thinly as you can, season with a little black pepper and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a suitable sized frying pan over a medium heat, add the sliced onion and begin browning, stirring regularly.
  3. As the onion begins to soften add the sugar and reduce the heat, continue to cook for a further 10 minutes until golden.
  4. Preheat your sandwich toaster.
  5. Butter 1 side of each slice of bread.
  6. To create the perfect steak toastie, always ensure that the buttered side of the bread is on the outside of the finished sandwich. (This is a little messy but ensures your toasties go lovely and brown and crisp)
  7. Place a tbsp of the caramelised onions onto the bread and top with some slices of the raw steak, add the sliced cheese, remember to roughly ensure a 1cm gap around the outside of the bread for the toastie to seal during cooking. Finish with a squirt of the mustard before adding the bread.
  8. Carefully place the sandwiches onto the hot plates, close the lid and cook for approx 7 minutes.

Delicious served with extra mustard and a handful of rustic crisps.

Good Homes Magazine tip: "For a budget-friendly take on this toastie, use more affordable cuts such as skirt or minute (also known as frying) steak" 

Sesame prawn toasties

Serves 2 

This recipe is a healthier version of the deep-fried Chinese Dim Sum and we think it tastes amazing.

Sesame prawn toasties - Credit: Breville | Good Homes Magazine 

Image: Breville

Ingredients

  • 200g raw tiger prawns
  • 1 medium egg, white only
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1cm piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 slices medium white bread
  • Light spray oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Method

  1. Place the prawns onto a chopping board and finely dice. Don’t be tempted to use a food processor as the texture will be uneven and a little mushy.
  2. Place the prawns into a small bowl and add the egg white, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cornflour and chives. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Preheat your sandwich toaster.
  4. Divide the filling between two slices of bread, allowing a 1cm gap around the edge of the bread to allow the toastie to seal well. Top with the remaining bread slices.
  5. Brush the hot sandwich plates generously with the vegetable oil and carefully place the sandwiches onto the plates.
  6. Spray the top of the sandwiches with the light spray oil until moist, sprinkle over the sesame seeds.
  7. Close the lid and cook for approx 7-8 minutes until golden and crisp.

Cut into smaller triangles and serve warm with some extra soy sauce for dipping.

Halloumi and Harissa toastie 

Serves 2 

We love this spicy middle-eastern twist on the traditional cheese and tomato toastie.

 Halloumi and Harrissa Toastie - Credit: Breville | Good Homes Magazine

Image: Breville

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of Halloumi cheese, cut to approx 1 cm thickness
  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 slices of seeded bread
  • Flavoured butter (we used garlic)
  • Harissa paste
  • 4 sundried tomatoes in oil
  • Basil leaves 

Method

  1. Preheat your sandwich toaster.
  2. Once heated, brush the plates both top and bottom with a little vegetable oil.
  3. Add a slice of Halloumi into all 4 sections of the bottom plates, do not close the lid but allow the cheese to cook until golden, turn over and repeat until both sides are cooked.
  4. Remove the Halloumi and set aside.
  5. Allow the plates to cool before you wipe clean with some paper towel.
  6. Preheat your sandwich maker.
  7. Butter 1 side of each slice of bread with the flavoured butter; turn the bread over (ensuring the buttered side is on the outside when you assemble your sandwich).
  8. Spread a thin layer of Harissa onto each slice of bread to suit your taste, top 2 slices with a little torn basil, the cooked Halloumi and some sliced sundried tomatoes. Finish with some extra torn basil leaves. (Don't forget to leave a 1cm gap around the outside of the bread to allow your toastie to seal well.)
  9. Carefully place the prepared sandwiches onto the hot sandwich plates and close the lid.
  10. Cook for approx 6-7 minutes until golden and crisp.
  11. Allow to cook for a few minutes before enjoying.

Cut into smaller triangles and serve warm with some extra soy sauce for dipping.

 

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