Anglo-French toastie

French cheese and ham toastie

Serves 1

Makes 1

  • 2 slices white bread, around 1cm thick

  • unsalted butter

  • 15 g Comte cheese

  • 15 g Westcombe or artisan Cheddar cheese

  • 2 slices higher-welfare roasted ham

  • ½ tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • sea salt

  • 1 small eating apple

  • 1 handful mixed salad leaves , such as frisse, watercress, rocket

Lightly butter the slices of bread, then place buttered-side down on a chopping board. Slice and lay the cheeses over one piece of bread, top with the ham then place the second piece of bread on top, buttered-side up. Place into a preheated toastie maker, clamp the lid down and toast for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden and crispy.



Meanwhile, add the vinegar and oil to a clean jam jar with a little pinch of salt and pepper, pop the lid on and shake to combine. Cut the apple into matchsticks, removing the core, then toss with the salad leaves and dressing. Serve the golden toastie with the fresh salad on the side, and tuck in.

Nutritional Information

Anglo-French toastie

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My mate Alan Carr is not the best cook in the world, but even he managed to make this epic, cheese-fuelled delight without too much trouble. The trick to a brilliant toastie is to use amazing ingredients, and that old classic: a toastie machine. These quantities serve one, but feel free to up them if you want to feed a friend too.

Lightly butter the slices of bread, then place buttered-side down on a chopping board. Slice and lay the cheeses over one piece of bread, top with the ham then place the second piece of bread on top, buttered-side up. Place into a preheated toastie maker, clamp the lid down and toast for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

Meanwhile, add the vinegar and oil to a clean jam jar with a little pinch of salt and pepper, pop the lid on and shake to combine. Cut the apple into matchsticks, removing the core, then toss with the salad leaves and dressing. Serve the golden toastie with the fresh salad on the side, and tuck in.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 555
    28%
  • Carbs 43.4g
    17%
  • Sugar 10.8g 12%
  • Fat 30.6g 44%
  • Saturates 11.5g 58%
  • Protein 23.8g 53%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 2 slices white bread, around 1cm thick

  • unsalted butter

  • 15 g Comte cheese

  • 15 g Westcombe or artisan Cheddar cheese

  • 2 slices higher-welfare roasted ham

  • ½ tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • sea salt

  • 1 small eating apple

  • 1 handful mixed salad leaves , such as frisse, watercress, rocket