Cheese on toast

Cheese on toast is made by placing sliced or grated cheese on toasted bread and melting it under a grill. It is popular in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean and in African countries.

Cheese on toast
Main ingredientsSliced bread, cheese, sometimes butter

It is also known as roasted cheese in the West of Scotland.


Cheddar cheese on toast

Cheese on toast consists of toast (toasted on both sides or just one side), with cheese placed on it and then grilled. Further toppings are optional; the most basic being chopped onions (raw or grilled with the cheese), brown sauce or ketchup. Pickled cucumber, Branston pickle, fried tomatoes, fried eggs, Worcestershire sauce and baked beans are also common.[1][2]

Recipe books and internet articles tend to elaborate on the basics, adding ingredients and specifying accompaniments to make more interesting reading. Consequently, published recipes seldom deal with the most basic form of the dish and frequently refer to the similar dish of Welsh rarebit as "posh cheese on toast".[3]

Cheddar cheese is most commonly used for cheese on toast, as it is a particularly good cheese for toasting. Lancashire dairies, in conjunction with a "National Cheese Toast Day", have promoted Lancashire cheese as the best cheese to use.[4]

See also


  1. James Martin. "BBC recipe by James Martin". Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. Antony Worrall Thompson. "BBC recipe by Anthony Worrall Thompson". Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  3. Lesley Waters. "BBC recipe by Lesley Waters: cheese sauce on toast". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  4. "British Cheese Board - Welcome". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-10-07. British Cheese Board article. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
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