Cheese and caramelised red onion toastie

Cheese and onion toastie

The grilled cheese toastie has become a staple food for teens, college students and young people. Basically anyone who is new to cooking for themselves and have other things to worry about than learning how to make a gourmet meal.

Even though cheese toasties are just a toasted cheese sandwich, they still are a classic favourite and so typically a recipe is not needed. But how about if I told you that you could take your toastie and upgrade it making one of the best rating cheese sandwich you have ever had?

Follow this simple and quick recipe to discover how to achieve this by yourself. It is also worth noting that this particular recipe had a serving size of 4 so measure out the ingredients to suit as many toasties as you want.


  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil ( add a little extra to that measurement for drizzling if you wish)
  • 1 roughly sliced red onion
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 100 g of your cheese of choice ( I personally prefer British cheddar)
  • 6 – 8 thick slices of fresh bread

The Cooking Method

First, you need to caramelize the onion as this is what takes the longest. While the idea of caramelising something may seem intimidating to someone who is not used to cooking, this method has been devices by conducting a search through different recipes and simplifying this technique to make it very easy to follow and still produce a good result.

Using you olive oil, oil up a pan and place it on low heat on your stove. Once your oil is hot, add your onion. Do not turn the heat up. Instead, continue to cook the onion on a low heat for roughly 5 minutes until the onion is starting to soften.

Now you need to add the vinegar and sugar in order to caramelise them properly. Spread these ingredients all over the onions and continue to cook for a further 5 – 10 minutes on a low heat. Do not forget to keep stirring the mixture otherwise you will end up serving sandwiches with burnt onions.

While the onion is cooking, choose the bread you want to use ( my favourite is a fresh white bread) and toast until the bread starts to get crispy. Do not over toast otherwise your bread will just burn later on.

Now that you have your onions and bread ready, you can move on to assembling your toastie.

To do this, place a piece of bread in the pan that the onions have been fried in. Drizzle the side facing you with a little bit of oil and add some cheese. Add some onion and repeat the process until you are satisfied with how much cheese and onion you have used.

Now add you other piece of bread on top and push down a little to close the gap between slices. Be careful not to make your filling fall out as you want to have the maximum amount of filling as possible.

Once the cheese has started to melt (which you will be able to tell as it will start leaking out of the sides) flip your sandwich over and leave it to cook for a couple more minutes.

And there you have it. An upgraded grilled cheese toastie that anyone can make no matter your skill set. Feel free to share this recipe with other newbies so they do not have to suffer anymore.

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