By Cookgirl on March 21, 2010
Photo by I'mPat
Photo by I'mPat
"About a week ago I found a really good quality imported "extra mature farmhouse cheddar" cheese from the UK and decided to test it in this recipe which was recently featured on thekitchn.com. Use the best ingredients you can if at all possible: homemade bread and mayonnaise, etc. Q: I don't intend to step on any toes (especially British ones) but don't you think bacon/rashers would be delicious in this sandwich? A. yes. The bacon is optional of course. The husband discovered my secret stash of the farmhouse cheddar cheese and now most of it is gone! :/ Serving suggestion that we enjoyed with our sandwiches: C G's Baked Barbecue Beans, hard boiled eggs and fresh fruit. I believe this is my first English recipe posted here but the fine English people have no cause for concern."
Serving Size: 1 (262 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"A very nice sandwich. We reduced the onion to 1 tablespoon --thought that was too much frankly. Evidently the Brits like raw onions a lot more than us. LOL! Omitted the salt. Thanks for a nice lunch, Cookgirl. Made for Unrulies Under the Influence during ZWT6 tour of Great Britain."
"A few simple ingredients that add to to a sandwich being more than the sum of it's parts. I skipped the bacon simply because it's something that I use with extreme rarity and I did enjoy this very much without it. I used half the mayo ask for. I had to make do with old cheddar from here in Canada. But it worked fine for me. One sannie will sure fill you up too!"
"Tasty, easy to prepare sandwich! I used Cheddar and did include the bacon :) It was very enjoyable. Thanks for sharing! ZWT6"
"Yep, my favourite sarnie! I love cheese and onion and so this was a no brainer recipe to make! I did make a few changes, I never use mayo in tihis sarnie, so left that out! I used mature farmhouse Cheddar cheese as well as both types of onion and NO bacon! I always eat this iconic sarnie toasted, so that is how I made it! Made for ZWT6 and GB for the Whiners and Cheesers! FT:-) (PS: Yes this is an English sarnie, but no need for the mayo for the purists amongst us - I am not that bothered personally, but I thought I would let you know! And yes, raw onions are a MUST! Karen:-) ) (Photos to be posted)"
"While at the store this week, I got a chunk of "Five Counties Cheese" which is layers of Derby, Red Leicester, Cheshire, Double Gloucester, & Cheddar so I thought this would be the perfect way to use it. I used wild chives and red onion (what I had) and no bacon (though I would have done if I'd had some!) Used lightly toasted wheat bread for one and will have the rest (on untoasted bread) for lunch tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing!"
"I scaled back for 1 sandwich but could easily have made 2 from the mix as it is a very generous serve, would like to try this as melt as I love gooey cheese, I used a sharp cheddar and toasted my wholemeal/wholegrain bread and next time will make it with the bacon and cut back on the cheese. Thank you Cookgirl and also WIGal for the recommendation, made for I Recommend tag game."
"Yes this is a recipe that calls for the best ingredients you can get. I was able to get great imported white cheddar, some locally made whole grain sourdough French bread and a wonderfully sweet onion. I made untoasted and without the mayo or optional bacon, as I want to try as pure as possible the first time (see FT's review). The only thing I would do different next time is to toast, thanks for the post."
"This was just wonderful! I used chives instead of scallions (had them in the garden), and then toasted the sandwich on my Griddler. The cheese was oozey and yummy; and the combination of flavors in the filling just made the sandwich rich and wonderful. I used homemade whole wheat bread, and 2 slices of bacon for 1 sandwich. Thanks for satisfying my craving for grilled cheese in a new and yummy way! Made for ZWT8"
"I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this sandwich! I used a sharp English cheddar, the full 2 tablespoons of Vidalia onion, 1-1/2 tablespoons of the scallions, and 1/2 tablespoon of minced chives. I served this on toasted whole-grain white and wheat swirl bread. I tried it with and without bacon, and actually enjoyed it without the bacon more. I did not find the onions overpowering at all, but blended in perfectly with the other ingredients. I will definitely make this again, as I generally have all these ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing such a simple delight. Made for ZWT8."
"Great sandwich! This was always one of my favourites when I was living in the UK. The key to this is using mild onions, a strong onion will ruin the flavour. I tried it with the bacon because I was interested in the idea and it does indeed go well. I didn't add any salt because the bacon here is pretty salty, though when I have made my own version in the past without bacon I did always put a tiny pinch of salt in. Thanks for sharing! Made for ZWT 8."
"Delicious combination of cheese and onions. We grilled this on panini maker instead of putting it on toast and loved it. Made for ZWT8."
"I really wanted to like this, but it was just........weird. The onion was a little too pungent, and it needed something else. If I used bacon, it probably would've helped. Maybe if this was a grilled cheese with extra stuff it would work, but raw like this didn't really do the job for me :/ It wasn't gross or anything, just kinda weird :P Sorry! D: