Cheese on toast

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Cheese on toast
Pauline's cheese on toast.png
Main ingredientsSliced bread, cheese, sometimes butter

Toasted cheese, cheese toast, cheese on toast, roasted cheese, grilled cheese or choast is a snack made by placing cheese on slices of bread and melting the cheese under a grill. It is a simple meal, popular in the United Kingdom. When prepared correctly, the cheese covers the bread exactly so there are no bitter burnt edges.


Cheese on toast consists of toast, either buttered or not, with cheese on one side. Further toppings are optional; the most basic being chopped onions (raw or grilled with the cheese), brown sauce or ketchup. Pickled cucumber, Branston pickle, fried tomatoes, fried eggs, Worcestershire sauce and baked beans are also common.[1][2] Another common variation is to add something to the toast before applying the cheese, such as tomato, or a thin layer of spread Marmite, Vegemite (in Australia), cream spread, mustard or tomato ketchup.

Recipe books and internet articles tend to elaborate on the basics, adding ingredients and specifying accompaniments to make more interesting reading. Consequently, published recipes seldom deal with the most basic form of the dish and frequently refer to the similar dish of Welsh rarebit as "posh cheese on toast".[3]

Cheddar cheese is most commonly used for Toasted Cheese, as this is a particularly good cheese for toasting[citation needed]. Lancashire dairies, in conjunction with a "National Toasted Cheese Day", have promoted Lancashire cheese as the best cheese to use.[4] In Scotland the dish is sometimes referred to as roasted cheese or 'melted cheese', where the bread need not be toasted before applying the cheese.

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  1. ^ James Martin. "BBC recipe by James Martin". Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. ^ Antony Worrall Thompson. "BBC recipe by Anthony Worrall Thompson". Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  3. ^ Lesley Waters. "BBC recipe by Lesley Waters: cheese sauce on toast". Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-10-07. British Cheese Board article. Retrieved 15 January 2008.