Thursday, April 2, 2009

Toasties & Chips

The Toasted Special, or the Toastie, is Irish pub grub, in my opinion, at its best. It's a simple sandwich that you can find anywhere, it's cheap, and it's always satisfying. I think I ate one every single day on my last trip to Ireland. In short, it's a toasted ham & cheese sandwich with onion & tomato, usually served with some thick fries. Unfortunately, they're virtually impossible to find in any Irish pub I've been to in the United States.

The good news is that they're super simple to recreate at home in your oven or toaster oven. So what's stopping you? Go make one already.

Toasted Special
Makes 1 sandwich

2 slices white bread
3 slices deli ham
thinly sliced cheddar cheese (enough to cover the bread - 3 did it for me)
Red onion slices, to taste
2 slices thinly sliced tomato

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Assemble sandwich in the following order: ham, cheese, onion, tomato.

Place the sandwich in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until bread is lightly browned and the cheese is melted and almost oozing out the sides.

Cut diagonally into four triangles.

1 comment:

Cat said...

The perfect combination. Then you sprinkle the chips with the individual packets (everything is individually packaged in Ireland) of vinegar! I love, love, love pub grub in Ireland. We avoided 'real' restaurants as much as possible both times we visited.