Cheese Toastie Chronicles: Unveiling the UK’s Grilled Cheese Secrets

Grilled cheese, a classic comfort food cherished worldwide, has a special place in the hearts and kitchens of the UK. In this blog post, we’ll explore the nuances of this cheesy delight, answering burning questions and revealing the secrets to crafting the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Plus, we’ll introduce the UK version and shed light on the distinction between a toastie and a grilled cheese.

What does the UK call grilled cheese?

In the UK, grilled cheese goes by the name “cheese toastie.” It’s a term that evokes warmth and nostalgia, much like the crispy, gooey delight itself. Whether you’re at a local pub or enjoying a cosy evening at home, asking for a cheese toastie is sure to bring a smile to any Brit’s face.

The Secret to the Best Grilled Cheese:

The secret to achieving grilled cheese perfection lies in the balance of three crucial elements: bread, cheese, and technique.


Opt for a good-quality white or sourdough bread for the perfect texture and flavour. The slices should be thick enough to hold the cheese without becoming soggy.


The choice of cheese is a personal preference, but a combination of sharp cheddar and creamy mozzarella is often a winning duo. Experiment with different cheeses to discover your ideal blend.


The key to a golden-brown crust and melty interior is patience. Cook your sandwich over medium heat, allowing the cheese to melt gradually as the bread crisps up. For an extra touch, use a KitchenCraft Cast Iron press to ensure an even cook and a delightful crunch.

Recipe for the Perfect Grilled Cheese :


  • 4 slices of thick white or sourdough bread
  • 100g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 100g mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Optional: KitchenCraft Cast Iron press


  1. Prepare the Cheese: Grate the cheddar and slice the mozzarella. Combine them for a delectable cheese blend.
  2. Assemble the Sandwich: Place a generous amount of the cheese blend between two slices of bread, creating a sandwich.
  3. Butter Up: Spread a thin layer of butter on the outside of each slice of bread. This will ensure a crispy, golden crust.
  4. Cook to Perfection: Heat a pan over medium heat. Place the sandwich in the pan, and if you have one, use the KitchenCraft Cast Iron press for an even cook. Flip the sandwich when one side turns golden brown, and repeat.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Once the sandwich is golden on both sides and the cheese is melted, remove it from the pan. Allow it to cool before slicing and serving.

What’s the Difference Between a Toastie and a Grilled Cheese?

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a subtle difference. A grilled cheese traditionally uses butter on the outside of the bread, while a toastie might be toasted with little to no added butter. Both, however, deliver that perfect blend of crispy and gooey that we all crave.

Mastering the art of grilled cheese, also known as cheese toast, is an enjoyable process that involves using high-quality ingredients, employing precise techniques, and adding a hint of nostalgia. By using the right equipment, such as the KitchenCraft Cast Iron press, you can take your grilled cheese game to the next level. So, gather your ingredients, turn on the stove, and indulge in the ultimate comfort food experience.