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Toasties and Other Great Sandwich Ideas

Updated on April 2, 2017
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As a vegetarian I am always looking for innovative ways to make meals interesting and tasty as well as nutritious for the whole family.

Mashed Potato and Cheese on Toast
Mashed Potato and Cheese on Toast

The 3-2-1 of Double Decker Toasties

Toasted Sandwiches and Sandwich Making

Toasties, toasted sandwiches, toasted double deckers (aka triple deckers) and great vegetarian sandwich recipe ideas for all things nice, but not necessarily healthy; especially if you're on a diet e.g. the famous British Chip Butty and the less well known crisp sandwich all make for an occasional tasty treat.

3-2-1 being whether you use three, two or one pieces of bread to make things on toast, a sandwich or toasted sandwich and the double decker sandwich (sometimes known as a triple decker) which can also be toasted.

This article provides just a few vegetarian recipe ideas for the humble slice of bread demonstrating the 3-2-1 principle to toast and sandwich making. Demonstrating that you needn’t have just cheese on toast or a toasted cheese sandwich but that by adding a third layer of bread you could have for example an egg and cheese double decker sandwich; optionally toasted.

Double decker sandwiches are simply your chosen ingredients sandwiched between three slices of bread rather than just two pieces of bread, as shown in the examples below; and which in many cases can optionally be toasted.

On a more serious note, in this article I also take a look at the healthier aspects of bread, giving a brief overview of different types of bread, its history, origin, nutritional health value and the high salt content of bread.

Toasted Double Deckers

AKA the Triple Decker

This recipe is for an egg and cheese toasted double decker sandwich although anything that you can put on toast or in a toasted sandwich works equally well in a toasted double decker sandwich. The double decker sandwich is sometimes known as a 'triple decker' e.g. dependant on whether you count the layers of ingredients (two) or the number of toasted bread separating the ingredients (three).

Double Decker egg and cheese toasty
Double Decker egg and cheese toasty
  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 1 per toasted sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 3 slices of bread
  • 2 oz. (50 gms) grated cheese
  • 1 Small tomato (optional)
  • A little onion to taste (optional)
  • Knob of Margarine

Instructions

  1. Toast one side of the bread under the grill until golden brown and turn over to crisp but not brown the second side; remove one slice and continue browning the remaining two slices until they’re a golden brown.
  2. While making the toast fry an egg Sunnyside down, grate the cheese and optionally chop an onion and thinly slice a tomato.
  3. Butter with margarine the slice of toast crisped but not browned on one side, sprinkle it with the grated cheese and optionally top it with finally chopped or sliced onion and a couple slices of tomato.
  4. Place the toasted bread topped with cheese back under the grill and grill until the cheese is fully melted.
  5. Place the cheese on toast on a plate with the other two slices of toasted bread.
  6. Butter one of the pieces of toast on both sides with margarine and place over the cheese on toast and then place the fried egg on top of that.
  7. Butter the last piece of toast and place it on top of the fried egg.
  8. Gently press the three slices together and cut in half (or four triangles) and serve immediately as a tasty snack which goes well with a glass of milk.
Cast your vote for Toasted Double Decker Sandwiches

Making an Egg and Cheese Double Decker Toasted Sandwich

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Ingredients, three slices of bread, fried egg and toasted cheese, ready to make the Double Decker Toasted SandwichDouble Decker Toasted Sandwich Cut in halfThe Parting of the ways, separating the two halves ready for eatingOne double decker toasted sandwich ready to eat and enjoy
Ingredients, three slices of bread, fried egg and toasted cheese, ready to make the Double Decker Toasted Sandwich
Ingredients, three slices of bread, fried egg and toasted cheese, ready to make the Double Decker Toasted Sandwich
Double Decker Toasted Sandwich Cut in half
Double Decker Toasted Sandwich Cut in half
The Parting of the ways, separating the two halves ready for eating
The Parting of the ways, separating the two halves ready for eating
One double decker toasted sandwich ready to eat and enjoy
One double decker toasted sandwich ready to eat and enjoy

Toasties (Things on Toast)

Anything Goes on toast, just about, and although it may not always be healthy toasties are easy and quick to make, and can be very tasty; you might say 'Tasty Toasties'.

Making 'Things on Toast' is simple enough. If the topping ingredients are to be cooked separately and added to the toast afterwards such as eggs (whether they be poached or fried) and or baked beans etc. then toasting the sliced bread in the toaster is the easiest and quickest method. If however the topping is to be grilled straight on top of the toast then you would make your toasty based on the following example recipe which is for cheese, onion and tomato on toast:-

  1. Under the grill toast the first side of the sliced bread until golden brown.
  2. While the first side is toasting prepare the ingredients e.g. grate the cheese, chop the onion and thinly slice the tomato.
  3. Turn the bread over and briefly grill (about 30 seconds) so that the bread is still white but firms up a bit (slightly crispy).
  4. Butter the whiter side with margarine, top with the grated cheese and onion and place the slices of tomato on top.
  5. Continue grilling until the cheese has melted and is a light golden brown.

My favourite toasty is stilton cheese and tomato chutney. Prepare the toasted bread as above and when ready butter with margarine, add a generous layer of tomato chutney, top with the stilton and grill until just after the stilton starts to melt; don't over grill otherwise the stilton separates and half of it ends up dripping into the grill pan.

Potato Toasty
Potato Toasty

Chip Butties and Crisp Sandwiches

Crisp and Chip Sandwiches

The British Chip Butty is my favourite although the crisp sandwich (shown above) is rather tasty too.

To save any confusion the American word for chips is Fries and the British crisp is what the Americans call chips!

Chip butties are simple enough to make, just:-

  1. Chip some potatoes and cook them in a deep fat fryer or chip pan until golden brown.
  2. Once the chips are cooked place them between two slices of buttered bread.
  3. Add salt, vinegar and tomato sauce to taste.
  4. Press firmly together, slice the sandwich in to two halves then eat and enjoy.

The Crisp sandwich is even easier to make; just empty the contents of a packet of crisps between two slices of buttered bread, press down firmly and cut into two halves or quarters.

See images below.

The British chip butty sandwich
The British chip butty sandwich

Making a Crisp Sandwich - The British Crisp (aka American Chip)

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Proctor-Silex Sandwich Maker white
Proctor-Silex Sandwich Maker white

Although we don't use ours very often, we tend to use the grill and toaster more, it is handy to have one. If you just want a quick sandwich anytime then nothing could be easier.

 

Three Ways to Toast Bread

  • In the toaster
  • Under the grill, or
  • In a sandwich maker

For quickness the toaster is the obvious choice as unlike the grill it toasts both sides simultaneously.

In making 'Topped Toasties' or toasted sandwiches then you'll need to use grill; or if you just want to make a simple toasted sandwich you may with to use the toasted sandwich maker.

Buttered Toasty
Buttered Toasty

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Making Your Own Bread

For Healthier Eating

We've had a bread maker for a couple of years and it's a real asset, and so easy to use; just put the ingredients in the top and press a few buttons (to choose your favourite bread recipe), then just wait for a few hours while the machine does its magic.

We often make a loaf most weekends and it's so nice that it's gone in no time; these days making your own bread couldn't be easier and with the price of bread in the supermarkets these days making your own bread isn't any more expensive than buying it from the shops.

By making your own bread you'll be sure it's fresh, good, healthy and wholesome; especially if you decide to make wholemeal bread and don't add any salt to the recipe.

Kenwood Bread Maker
Kenwood Bread Maker

Home Baked vs Shop Bought

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Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker
Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker

This is very similar to the bread maker we use, it's fully programmable to make small, medium and large (2Ib) loaves, with 12 menu options with three crust setting. The bread maker we use has given us an excellent service, the bread is freshly baked and but nothing beats homemade bread.

 

Health Value of Bread

White vs. Wholemeal

Bread is a nutritional food source high in carbohydrate (starch) for energy and protein (gluten), it's also low in saturated fats and cholesterol but unfortunately these days high in salt and low in much needed fibre unless you buy or make wholemeal bread. Bread is also rich in vitamins, minerals, iron, zinc and calcium.

So all in all (apart from the salt issue) bread which has been part of our staple diet since the dawning of mankind is a very nutritional food source; although wholemeal bread because of its higher fibre content is much healthier.

Salt is a big issue, bigger than many realise in that too much salt can have many adverse health effects and the daily recommended dose of salt is only 2 grams (a level teaspoon being about 15 grams). Although the amount of salt in bread varies widely dependant on the manufacturer and brand of bread the average is about 0.5 grams of salt for each slice of bread meaning that with just four slices of bread you've reached the recommended daily level of salt. And to compound the issue just about every processed and packaged food item contains salt, as do most recipes. Eons ago before the innovation of refrigerators salt was essential in many food products as a preservative, these days it's not essential in most foods other than for flavouring; and even then there are lots of good healthy alternatives for flavouring other than salt, in particular a wide range of herbs and spices to choose from.

Home made bread
Home made bread

From Stone Age to Bread Age

From Where and When Bread Cometh

With the dawning of civilisation when humankind made the transition from 'hunter gatherer' to farming over 11,000 years ago came the domestication of wild wheat (from which bread is made); archaeological evidence suggesting that wild wheat was first domesticated and cultivated in southern Turkey.

From wheat ground into flour so we make bread, a recipe that has been around for as long as civilisation (thousands of years) making Rustic bread where wheat grain is crushed, soaked in water, knead into a dough and allowed to ferment from naturally occurring yeast before baking. Yeast being a fungus that naturally grows on wheat and other cereal crops but which these days is destroyed in the refining and processing of flour; hundreds and thousands of years ago it would have been naturally present in flour and could be used as part of the bread making process to allow the bread to ferment and rise naturally as the yeast fed on natural sugars in the flour and gave off carbon dioxide as a by-product during fermentation. Unleavened bread is where the bread is only made from flour and water without it being given the chance to ferment,

However you can imagine that a lot of the early breads wouldn't have been as light and fluffy as modern bread, it would have been a lot heavier and quite chewy but packed with lots of nutritional value. The early breads would have been wholemeal and therefore high in much needed fibre (roughage), essential for a healthy diet but sadly is lacking in too many recipes these days; and these early breads wouldn't have included salt which sadly is over used in recipes these days.

Victorian Bread Oven
Victorian Bread Oven
Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster
Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster

The four slots are wide enough to accommodate waffles and bagels as well as toast.

This is a real toaster of distinction that not only lowers your toast and regulated it for the perfect toasted bread but also beeps and raises it to let you know when it’s ready; and unequally for toasters this toaster with an internal smart chip. As with most four slice toasters of this type the two pairs of toast slots operate independently of each other.

Breville is a well-known and trusted brand with a good reputation as supported by all the good reviews for this product.

For families a four slice toaster is a must but for couples or single people the two slice version, which is available from this link as an option before you buy, may be more desirable. The two slice version is about a third less in price.

 

Your Toasty Tips Here - And Your Views

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      Arthur Russ 5 months ago from England

      Thanks all, for your feedback.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'd never have thought of putting a chip, er crisp, sandwich together. I bet the kids will have fun with this one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love toast and your pictures just made me hungry.

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      I love to make toasty Sandwiches in the oven on a sourdough bread~ so yummy!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Everything here looks delicious!