Toasted sandwiches are excellent and are something that can be eaten as a main meal, as part of a main meal or as a snack at any time. Toasted sandwiches are versatile and there is a toasted sandwich for everyone. Typically, there are four different ways you can toast a sandwich, as follows;
1) Using the grill of a conventional oven
All ovens have a grill therefore you don’t need any additional equipment in order to make a toasted sandwich, and this is the biggest advantage.
When you use the grill of a conventional oven the heat source is above the toasty, which means you can only cook one side at a time. It is possible to vary the temperature of a conventional oven grill, which means you can have the sandwich as well done as you want. This means you can have the bread lightly browned, charcoaled or anything in between, which is another advantage on making toasted sandwiches this way.
2) Using a griddle
When you grill a toasted sandwich using a conventional oven you place the sandwich below the heat source. When using a griddle to make a toasty the sandwich is placed on top of the heat source, yet this method still works very well.
In order to stop the sandwich sticking to the griddle you can either apply a light coating of vegetable oil to the griddle or you can spread a thin layer of butter or margarine on the outside of the sandwich. Spreading a thin layer of butter or margarine on the bread really enhances the flavour however it does increase the fat content of the toasty.
3) Using a sandwich press
A sandwich press consists of two hot plates that the sandwich is cooked between, which means the heat source is above and below the toasty. This is advantageous in that both sides of the toasted sandwich are evenly cooked at the same time.
The biggest disadvantage in using a sandwich press is that the weight of the top plate is likely to “push” the filling out of the sandwich, which results in an awful mess. In order to stop the sandwich sticking to the hotplates you can spread a thin layer of butter or margarine on the outside of the bread or smear a little oil on the hotplates.
Most sandwich presses have a non-stick coating, however I still think it is best to add some additional oil, just to make sure nothing sticks.
4) Using a toasted sandwich maker
There are many advantages in making a toasted sandwich with a sandwich toaster therefore it is the best way to make a toasty in my opinion. A sandwich toaster nips the sides of the bread together, hence sealing it and stopping the filling from oozing out during the cooking process and making a mess.
A sandwich toaster also divides the toasted sandwich in to two ‘sealed’ halves which not only makes sure the toasty stays hotter for longer but also makes it much easier to pick up and eat.
A sandwich toaster only has two settings, which are off or on. A sandwich toaster gets hot enough to cook the bread and the filling, but not so hot that it burns.
When using a sandwich toaster it is impossible to burn the toasty, which means you don’t have to keep an eye on it all the time.
Since the sandwich toaster is a specialist bit of kit you’d think it was expensive, however this is not the case. Sandwich toasters are very cheap. In fact, many sandwich toasters are cheaper than a griddle. As you can see, making a toasted sandwich is quick and easy and since there are loads of tasty toasted sandwich recipes, what’s stopping you?
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