Cheese Sandwich | Street Food India.
A cheese sandwich is a basic sandwich made generally with one or more varieties of cheese on any sort of bread, such as flat bread or whole wheat bread. In addition to the cheese, it may also include spreads such as butter or mayonnaise. Cheese sandwich is a popular street food snack item in India.
Cheese sandwiches can be un-cooked or grilled so that the bread toasts and the cheese melts (a dish referred to as a grilled cheese sandwich or simply grilled cheese). A grilled cheese is often heated by placing the buttered slices of bread, with the cheese between the slices, on a frying pan or griddle.
Another form of cooked cheese sandwich is the cheese toastie or simply toastie – a dish, particularly popular in the United Kingdom, that is prepared by either baking or grilling a cheese sandwich in an oven, or toasting bag in electric toaster, or using a pie iron in order to toast the bread and melt the cheese.
Cheddar cheese is by far the most common cheese used in this method, and butter is almost never used. It is usually served as a snack, or as a (usually a lunchtime) meal often with a side of salad.
A popular British sandwich is the cheese and pickle sandwich. Cooked meat can be added to cheese sandwiches, a common choice being a ham and cheese sandwich or the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. Grilled cheese sandwiches are often served with soup, usually tomato, in the United States, and served as a whole meal in the United States and other countries.
Food history says, cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, according to food historians, popular across the world in many cultures; evidence indicates that in the U.S., the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available.
The so-called cheese dream became popular in the United States of America during the Great Depression. U.S. government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II. Many versions of the grilled cheese sandwich can now be found on restaurant menus across the United States and internationally.
Preparation of Cheese Sandwich.
Preparation of cheese sandwich is easy. Uncooked cheese sandwiches simply require assembly of the cheese slices on the bread, along with any additions and condiments. An American-style grilled cheese sandwich made with cheddar and parmesan cheeses between thick slices of multi-grain bread.
A grilled cheese sandwich is assembled and then heated until the bread crisps and the cheese melts, sometimes combined with an additional ingredient such as peppers, tomatoes or onions. Several different methods of heating the sandwich are used, depending on the region and personal preference.
Common methods include being cooked on a griddle, grilled, fried in a pan or made in a panini grill or sandwich toaster. This method is more common in the United Kingdom where the sandwiches are normally called “toasted sandwiches” or “toasties” and in Australia where they are called “jaffles“.
A clothes iron has also been utilized to make a grilled cheese in a pinch, as in a hotel room where there are no other cooking appliances. When making grilled cheese on an open griddle or pan, one side is cooked first, then the sandwich is flipped and cooked on the other side. The sandwich is finished when both sides are toasted and the cheese has melted.
Butter, oil, or mayonnaise may first be spread on either the bread or the cooking surface in the case of butter and oil. An alternative technique is to toast or grill each half of the sandwich separately and then combine them. Another method sometimes referred as an “inside out” grilled cheese has an extra layer of cheese put on the outside of each side and cooked, causing the cheese to caramelize into a crispy outer layer.
When using butter best results are achieved at a medium heat. This prevents the milk solids in butter from burning and allows sufficient time for heat to thoroughly penetrate the sandwich and melt the cheese without burning the bread.
A crispy golden-brown crust with a melted cheese centre is a commonly preferred level of preparedness. Cooking times can vary depending on pan dimensions, ability to control the intensity of the heat source, bread type, cheese variety and overall thickness of pre-cooked sandwich.
Melt Cheese Sandwich.
Another variant is melt cheese sandwich (known in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom as a toasted cheese sandwich or, toastie) is a type of sandwich containing bread and some type of filling that is seasoned with cheese, sometimes grated. The sandwich is then grilled or fried until the cheese is melted.
It may be served as an open face sandwich or a closed face one. One common filling is tuna with mayonnaise; the result would then be a tuna melt sandwich. Other popular choices are ham, roast beef, chicken, turkey, or a hamburger patty, which is known as a patty melt. It is the filling that establishes the melt sandwich as a variation of the grilled cheese sandwich.
Another variant is bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is a breakfast sandwich popular in the United States, made with bacon, eggs (typically fried or scrambled), cheese and bread, which may be buttered and toasted. Many similar sandwiches exist, substituting alternate meat products for the bacon or using different varieties of cheese or bread. The sandwich is often served as a breakfast item with coffee.
Variations of Sandwiches.
Many variations of the cheese sandwich exist. Common choices for cheese include American, cheddar, and Swiss. The bacon can be substituted with many other types of preserved or seasoned meat like breakfast sausage, ham, back bacon, or pork roll. Various types of bread roll can be used as the bread for the sandwich, such as a croissant, bagel or kaiser roll.
Tomato is sometimes used as an addition, and more robust version includes a hash brown. The dish can also be served as a burrito or taco. A typical cheese sandwich with these ingredients has about 20 grams of fat and 350 calories. A version has been adapted to make a low carbohydrate meal.
Cheese sandwich ranks within top 25 most popular street foods in India and top 100 most popular fast items in the world.