Snack Time: Chilli Cheese Toasties

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We are currently addicted to this “Indian” variation of a simple grilled cheese sandwich.  It’s always fun to take something familiar and mix it up just a little bit.  We enjoyed these cheese toasts recently before a family hike and they kept us satisfied as we got some exercise and fresh air.  It was also a fun little cooking project with the little one.  For kids, feel free to omit the chillies altogether – the tomatoes, onions and herbs are enough of a twist.  Another thing we like about this recipe is that you can make multiple cheese toasts at one time by using a sheet tray and the oven, versus slaving over each grilled cheese over the stove.  This is the perfect after school snack for a playdate.

Next time we make these, we are going to try different types of cheeses – goat cheese, gruyere, mozzarella or perhaps even some fontina.  Or maybe even a variety of leftover cheeses that seem to always languish in our fridge.  Another yummy addition could be finely chopped colorful bell peppers.

A throwback to my childhood that I had forgotten all about…excited to have it back :)!

Chilli Cheese Toast – adapted from Anjum Anand – Indian Food Made Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4 green chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 slices bread

Method

Preheat the oven to 400F and mix together all the ingredients except the bread.  Pile the mixture evenly on top of the bread and bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes until crisp and browning on the sides.  Serve hot.

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