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Five Best Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Updated on April 24, 2015
Toasted Baguette with Cheese
Toasted Baguette with Cheese | Source

Age doesn't matter, unless you're a cheese

There's something deliciously indulgent in the sheer enjoyment from a simple wedge of crumbly red cheddar or a sharp shaving of a forthright and tart parmesan.

Eaten fresh from the fromagerie or cooked up into a meal, I love cheese in anything.

But it's best of all in a quick and tasty toasted cheese sandwich.

Toasted Goat Cheese
Toasted Goat Cheese | Source

Five Best Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Put some life into the toasted cheese sandwich!

  • Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Olive Pate

    Use a a young semi-soft cheese to get that golden melted effect, but it's the Olive Pate that adds the zing to this classic toasted cheese sanger. Use just a small smear spread over one slice of the bread before you add the cheese.

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Apple and Membrillo

    Throwing together a grilled cheese sandwich is easy enough but, when you add apple and that delicious quince, you have a cordon bleu dish fit for a Queen. Here's how to make membrillo Put some thin slices of green apple over the cheese and grill the sandwiches, then spread a layer of membrillo paste over the top piece of bread before serving.

  • Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwiches

    For the three cheeses, use some nutty-sweet gouda, then some asiago or emmental (commonly called mountain cheeses) and cover those cheese slices with some very tasty, finely grated, tart peccorino or a sharp vintage cheddar.

  • Grilled Cheddar, Bacon, and Avocado Sandwiches

    First cook your bacon slices to crispy, and leave to dry on a paper towel. Arrange the sliced cheddar and some very fine strips of avocado on the bread, top with the bacon. Yum!

  • Grilled Cheese with Zucchini and Carrot

    Fool the kids into eating finely grated zucchini and carrot which you have put between 2 slices of sharp aged cheese such as romano or a a bitey cheddar. When the cheese melts, the vegetable slices can't be seen and the carrot taste blends so well. Serve with a spicy tomato dipping sauce.

Figs stuffed with Cottage Cheese
Figs stuffed with Cottage Cheese | Source

How can Life be bad when there is cheese?

I love cheese. How can life be bad when there is the anticipation of lunch -- crusty bread, a handful of fat black olives and a creamy rich, buttery brie with its smooth, downy rind and that faint after-taste of earthy mushroom?

Think of that tangy, salty feta, crumbly and rindless, adding its sharpness to the salad and the pure bite of pecorino romano that's melting so beautifully over the pasta.

Or the Tasmanian Heritage Traditional Camembert, organic Kervella goat cheese from Gidgegannup, the lemony taste of Manouri, the sweet Kasseri, velvety Gippsland Blue, King River Gold with its pink rind, the incredibly nutty Pyengana Cheddar, and the creamy Seal Bay Cheese, an extravagant, triple cream cheese made from fresh King Island milk, enriched with pure cream. (Goodbye waist)

Heaven must be full of cheese.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich | Source

Guides to Enjoying Cheese

The Cheesemongers Kitchen: Celebrating Cheese in 90 Recipes
The Cheesemongers Kitchen: Celebrating Cheese in 90 Recipes

90 super recipes, tips on pairing with wine, everything about Cheese that you can think of but didn't know who to ask

 

You need real cheese!

I don't think that mass-produced cheese is really cheese at all. Fortunately for finickyness there are some excellent smaller groceries. I'm fortunate to have plenty of Italian, Greek and Spanish shops close to hand and a fresh food market, the largest in the southern hemisphere, is but a short bus ride away.

For more serious cheese-shopping expeditions, I can drive down into the valley of Gippsland or hop on the ferry across to Tasmania.

You could strike it lucky and find a good cheese counter in one of the large multinational supermarkets, but so far I haven't come across any.

Queen Vic Market
I'm just so lucky! My local store for cheeses is the Queen Vic Market, seventeen acres of fresh food daily in the largest food market of the southern hemisphere, a popular tourist attraction and a heavenly place to see.

Sheep Cheese from Birchs Bay

Birchs Bay Blonde, from Grandvewe Cheesery , is a pressed fresh curd with lingering piquant aromas of truffle and mushroom. The slightly molten interior will eventually reveal a chalky centre..

You can enjoy Birchs Bay Blonde from an age of 2 to 5 weeks, as the cheese continues to mature and the robust taste increases, try this with a lovely loaf of dark rye and some quince paste.

Grandvewe Sheep Farm Cheesery, a family run business, sits in the lush Huon Valley of Tasmania and sometimes, when I'm feeling carelessly cashed-up, I'll take the ferry over just to get some cheese.

There's a lot of cheese at the Grandvewe, seven different types of sheep cheeses, nine types of cows milk cheeses and sheep yoghurts. You can pick up surprisingly good sheep ice creams as well..

Have you ever tried sheep ice cream? Gorgeous!


I love Tasmanian Cheese

The lush and lovely Huon Valley of Tasmania
Tasmania is different from the rest of Australia, it's greener, wetter and much colder. It's a tiny little place, only about the size of Ireland, and sits ro...

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Bless the Cheese Makers

The ancient craft of cheese-making is a noble art.

I raise my hat to the dedicated souls who labour tirelessly so that I can revel in the rich and mouthwatering results of their virtuosity.

Thank you.

© 2008 Susanna Duffy

Say Cheese! - You can be creamy, mild or sharp ... even vintage

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      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      My husband always insists on American cheese. Not grounds for a divorce, but still a major character flaw in my opinion.

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      Vladimir 4 years ago from Australia

      I like cheese too - double cream brie is best

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      Arthur Russ 5 years ago from England

      I love the hard cheeses and the mouldy cheeses like stilton etc.

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      cheese! give me a good swiss or cheddar or mozzarella or parmesian or stilton or ...

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      scss 5 years ago

      found some new ideas again here - coming back for more later again!

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      mobilebillingandpayments 5 years ago

      The biggest fan of cheese right here!!!

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      cheese, cheese and more cheese... and I'm in paradise.

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      OldStones LM 5 years ago

      I love cheese!! I nice roll spread with good Gorgonzola, a slice of prosciutto, a a little drizzle of olive oil. Mmm

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      Oh boy! I love them all and last summer all my dreams came true while spending vacation in Switzerland :) Have you ever tried their Raclette (hot melted i.e. scraped cheese)? Hmmm:) Great and tasty lens for the holidays! Blessed:)

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      A simple sandwich: apple and Brie on a freshly baked baguette - or try a sweetish Lancashire crumbled in place of feta. Bacon and grilled Camembert ....

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      RuthCoffee 5 years ago

      I share your love of cheese! Not sure I've ever encountered a cheese I didn't like.

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      privresearch 6 years ago

      I think I eat cheese for breakfast, lunch, dinner ... and perhaps in between meals :))) When I was young girl my grand mother used to take me to cheese markets. She taught me how to choose a good cheese.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      made my mouth water, I really need to try and make cheese, see it being made on the travel channel all the time, earned a 'thumbs up' from this reader.

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      kwj 6 years ago

      I'm crackers about cheese, you have some here i'd not heard of.

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      There is no food in my home, if there is no cheese. I love it almost as much as chocolate :

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Yum! I'm smiling. Quick, take my picture! I eat cheese all the time and enjoy trying new varieties! :)

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      caketech 7 years ago

      I love cheese too! Havarti is a favorite of mine, and next would be sharp cheddar, and then swiss.

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      I love cheese, too! Regular cheese doesn't love me, but sheep's milk cheese does, and my all-time favorite is a Manchego called Pedro I. Really, really delectable! Cheese-lovers, unite!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Hmmm ... well, I am surely glad that I got on that cholesterol medication recently to counteract all that love of cheese ... Say cheese!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      I love cheese too!...and chocolate of course :)

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Love this lens Susan- I adore cheese as well and your recipes look oh so yummy.

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      admiralglass lm 7 years ago

      Hi susannaduffy, love cheese and loved your lens, great

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Cheese is my favorite food (tied with ice cream, perhaps). Sadly, my good doctor bans both, based on my cholesterol level. Instead, I'll just read your lens and fantasize!

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      Pmona LM 8 years ago

      Melted cheese on anything is my favorite!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Melted brie with crusty French bread...I think that's my favorite.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      omg i absolutely looove cheese! i alwaya randomly go to the fridge and get a cheese slice or go and put some camembert on crackers! Thank god for cheese =D i'd love to go to Switzerland :P

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love cheese. No I'm not just copying and pasting the title of this lens. I really love cheese. I couldn't have said it better myself. Its so good! I'm envious of AndyPo growing up in Cheddar. How neat is that? I run a daycare and we teach sign language to all the kids 6 months and older and "cheese" is always one of the first foods we teach and the kids go nuts! Everyone loves cheese!

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      I love cheese as well! Very nice lens, and some very good pictures!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I too love cheese. Your salmon and cheese rolls sound yummy!

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I have dreamt of cheese...lol. Seriously, I adore cheese, all kinds of cheese...Muenster, pepper jack, mild cheddar, sharp cheddar, white cheddar, American, Mozzarella, and so on and so on and so on.... I think I'll go have some cheese now thank you... :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      My favorite is swiss. I put it in my salads, on my sandwiches, and eat it by itself.

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. I love cheese. As a child I lived near the small village of Cheddar, in Somerset, South West England, from where the cheese originally came. Real Somerset Cheddar is wonderful.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh Me! Oh My! I love cheese and love this lens. Great work.

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      Like you, I love cheese. I buy at Costco (in USA). Am definitely going to try the Cheese and Eggplant Recipe!

      Am lensrolling you to my Tomato and Cheese Sandwich Lens.

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      Well done, great information on cheese. I love cheese and reading this lens I have discovered some new ones to try. This week I discovered white cheddar with blueberries, different but delectable.

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      scss 8 years ago

      Love your work, another 5* lens!

      As long as there is cheese in the house - all is well with the world!

      Helene Malmsio

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Oh, I'm in heaven. I'll eat just about anything as long as cheese of some type is involved. I loved it in Europe, when after the meal they would bring a plate of the various cheeses.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Oh My! I am a cheese - a -holic! I love any kind of cheese -- well, there was one that we recently tried that hubby liked and I really wasn't crazy about -- some goat cheese. But I usually dig the smelly kinds!

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Wow ... all those pictures of cheese made me hungry! Easy Salmon and Creamy Cheese Rolls - gotta try me some of those! I *LOVE* cheese! Especially if it is made from raw milk. 5*!

      REAL RAW MILK vs. DEAD DAIRY debate

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      Johann The Dog 8 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      I love cheese too! Mum gives me white cheddar during my agility trials. Makes me run faster, BOL! Great lens! Woofs, Johann

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      jk622 9 years ago

      I love cheese too ..really interesting to learn about your local cheese varieties!

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      piedromolinero 9 years ago

      I like cheese a lot and I am never without. If just put on a sandwich, used as grated cheese to top some oven baked pasta or grilled like the local halloumi.

      A great lens with a lot of information. Lensrolled and rated 5*.

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      Carol Fisher 9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I love cheese so much. I like French, Italian, blue, English, from sheep or goats, you name it, I love it.

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      Lizblueberry 9 years ago

      I absolutely adore cheese! You have done a very nice job on this lens. Thanks for visiting my lens

      Women Over Fifty!

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      dtbs 9 years ago

      thanks for checkin out my lens Kava Kava. yours is very good! cheers.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Everything and nothing "cheesy" about this fabulous lens. 5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations! Your lens is now featured on The Milk Group .

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I buy most of my cheeses from Trader Joe's or our local Italian deli. We are never without cheese at our house! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      I love cheese too! That salmon and creamy cheese roll sounds delicious! Nice lens.