Ok so this is a quick hack to make yummy toasted sandwiches when you don't have a sandwich toaster. In most colleges there are sandwich toasters but I find the line is really long for it and there is hardly ever a line for the ironing board (lets be honest no one irons their clothes mid-semester). I can make these sandwiches ahead of time, wrap them in aluminium foil then whenever I find an iron I'm like TOASTED SANDWICH TIME!!!
To make sure the sandwich gets really toasted and golden brown turn the iron up to the highest setting otherwise it might not get as crisp.
Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment
- 2 thick slices of bread (I prefer white bread for toasted sandwiches it makes it lighter and yummier some how)
- 2 slices cheese (I used Colby cheese which is really good for melting, it is really creamy and has a great flavour)
- 2 slices of ham (you can really add anything or omit the ham all together but it is yum!)
- approx. 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine (more or less depending on how buttery you like your bread I usually use 1/2 a tablespoon on each side of the sandwich)
- 1 Hot Iron
- Wooden board or ironing board
- Aluminium foil
- Knife (spreading butter and cutting
Step 2: Prepare the Sandwich
So my favourite combo for a toasted sandwich is ham and cheese (you could go fancy and get some brie if you wanted) you can add anything to this sandwich for filling again why it is great for uni life because I can use just about anything in my fridge.
So first butter both slices of bread only on one side ( this will become the outer part of the sandwich). The reason to butter your bread first is because it gets hard to flip a sandwich when the filling is inside of it. Then on the non-buttered inside place one slice of cheese on each piece of bread and add the ham on top.
Once your sandwich is made place it in the aluminium foil and fold it into a cute little parcel, don't fold it too tight as the foil could rip when the sandwich is flattened.
Step 3: Iron/ Toast the Sandwich
Firstly make sure that your desired iron is on and that it is as hot as possible (the hotter the iron the more golden the sandwich!). Then lightly press the iron onto one side of the sandwich for about 2 minutes, then turn the sandwich over and lightly press for the same amount of time. (the cooking time depends on how much filling in your sandwich, how hot the iron is and how hungry/ willing to wait you are XD).
*As mentioned in the comments, to prevent scratching of the iron you could put a cloth bewteen. I did not because the heat does not go through as well but a great thought!*
Step 4: Open the Foil and Enjoy!
Once you have 'toasted' your sandwich very carefully open your aluminium foil as it will be very hot. Cut your sandwich and enjoy!!
Other variations of this that I have made and loved
- Ham, cheese and tomato
- Chicken, cheese, spinach and avocado
- Tuna, mayo and cheese
- 'Pizza' sandwich, pizza sauce, ham and cheese
- Salami, ham, cheese and olives (strange but it is yum!)
- Turkey / chicken, cranberries and brie (THIS ONE IS SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!)