Being an Australian myself, this question is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been eating and loving “toasties” since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
The Toastie has been a staple for many Aussies as long as we can remember.
We all enjoy a toastie after a night out on the piss, snuggling up watching a movie, or whenever we have bugger all left in the fridge and pantry.
So what is this toastie thingy I’m referring too?
A toastie is basically a toasted cheese sandwich. A sandwich that has been toasted. Toasties are usually cooked in the old sandwich makers. You know, the ones where you clamp down the lid, barely fitting your ingredients in.
We also call them Jaffles. The toastie maker has sealed edges and usually 2 tringle halves. But we can call any toasted/grilled cheese sandwich a toastie.
I wasn’t exactly sure about this so I had to ask a few mates.
When I looked up the term “toastie” in the Cambridge dictionary, it just said – a sandwich that has been toasted.
And according to Wikipedia the definitions are as follows.
Toastie = A toasted sandwich that is both cut and sealed.
Toasted Sandwich = A grilled sandwich or cooked in a fry pan -Elvis Style.
The toastie can come in many forms.
More often than not its cheese and some other ingredient. Baked beans are sometimes used, but generally speaking, cheese and tomato are the best and most common combo.
The origins- From the toasties humble beginnings to its current bombastic state.
In 1974 Breville realesed its new contraption – the toastie machine. Dont get me wrong toasted cheese sandwiches had been around for ages but this machine was different.
It was the first machine to have the cut and seal mechanism we usually associate with the toastie/jaffle.
While there may be some debate as to exactly what a toastie is, we can all agree its a sandwich that has been toasted or grilled.