Spicy Toasted Sandwiches for Lunch!
Mexican Cheese, Chorizo and Avocado Toastie Recipe
Today’s recipe is just perfect for a light lunch, a quick snack or a simple supper, and it’s one of my favourite ways to eat a sandwich, a TOASTED sandwich, or a toastie as they are called. I have simple tastes when it comes to toasties, my favourite is just cheese and onion, NO ham, tomatoes or pickle, JUST plain old cheese and onion – it’s my favourite toastie and I often have one with a bowl of soup for a comforting lunch. I am also a bit is a cheese snob, I usually only use a VERY mature Farmhouse Cheddar for my grilled cheese treat – however, when Leerdammer contacted me just before Christmas and asked if I would like to take part in their Toastie Challenge, I said yes, as I LOVE sliced Leerdammer cheese and often have it with a boiled egg for breakfast or as part of my calorie controlled 5:2 diet. ( I use Leerdammer light then)
I was sent a lovely hamper of ingredients, including some packs of Leerdammer cheese, as well as a Breville Toastie/Sandwich Maker, which was very handy; the brief was to create a NEW toastie recipe, and based on my beloved cheese and onion toastie, I came up with a spicy Mexican inspired recipe……a tasty, spicy creation with cheese, chorizo, red onion and lemon spiked avocado……and I can report that it was delectable, especially when served with a cheeky little salsa and salad on the side.
I hope you will enjoy my creation for a spicy cheesy toasted sandwich, and if you are a vegetarian, just omit the chorizo sausage and add some bottled, charred peppers, drained of course, it’s just as delicious served that way too. I used thickly sliced wholemeal bread when I photographed the toastie, but next time I make this, I am going to use some sliced sourdough bread for a more robust and chunky grilled sandwich. That’s it for today, have a great day and I’ll be back soon with more new recipes, a new giveaway and some special New Year product and ingredient reviews. See you soon, Karen
Disclaimer: I received a hamper of ingredients, a Breville toastie machine and some supermarket vouchers in return for creating this Leerdammer Toastie recipe.
Mexican Cheese, Chorizo and Avocado Toastie (Toasted Sandwich)
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||5 minutes|
|Total time||10 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack, Starter|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Hot|
|Occasion||Casual Party, Halloween|
|By author||Karen S Burns-Booth|
- 4 slices thick bread (home-made is best but toast bread is also good)
- 4 slices Leerdammer toastie cheese
- 12 thin slices of chorizo sausage (skin removed)
- 1/2 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 ripe avocado, mashed with a little lemon juice or sliced
- smoked paprika
- salt and pepper
- salad and baby tomatoes to serve
Delectable toasted sandwiches with more than a hint of Mexico......these toasties are made with Leerdammer toastie cheese, avocado, chorizo and red onion and are perfect as a supper or lunch dish when served with a fresh tomato salsa and salad.
|Step 1||Turn on your toastie/sandwich making machine and set to 5 minutes if you have a timer.|
|Step 2||Lay two slices of bread on a bread board and layer the filling as posted in the ingredients list, giving the filling a good sprinkling of smoked paprika, salt and pepper.|
|Step 3||Place the remaining slices of bread on top of the filling and press down.|
|Step 4||Carefully lift the sandwiches and place them onto the hot plates in the sandwich machine, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes.|
|Step 5||Open the lid and using oven gloves as the sandwiches will be hot, take them out and place them on a plate.|
|Step 6||Allow to cool for a minute before cutting them into 4 pieces and serve them with a tomato and avocado salsa and salad.|
Links to my other sandwich recipes:
Leftovers Legend! The Great Christmas Turkey, Stuffing, Bacon & Cranberry Club Sandwich
Stotty Cakes & Geordie Ploughman’s Lunches! Cheese Savoury (Sandwich Filling) Recipe
Spanish Tapas Toast with Escalivada Recipe
Philly Cheesesteaks and The Secret Recipe Club: Chicken Philly Sandwich Recipe
Vegetarian Stuffed Picnic Sandwich Recipe
Celebrating Britain’s Most Famous Snack – The Sandwich! Egg and Two Cress Sandwich Recipe
5:2 Diet 215 Calorie Kebabs! Cajun Chicken Kebab and Spiced Yoghurt Dip Recipe
My Guilty Pleasure – Fish Finger Sandwiches for Tea
Tina @ The Spicy Pear says
I love toasted sandwiches but never tried anything other than a cheese and tomato. This recipe looks delicious. I love the cheese, avocado and chorizo combo.
Thanks Tina, I am a purist when it comes to toasties and only ever have cheese and onion, but I LOVED these spicy little numbers!
Daniel @ Delicious Mountain says
I have a really good chorizo in the fridge and this looks great! I might just have to head for the shops to pick up an avocado in time for lunch. Thanks for posting this.
Enjoy this if you make it Daniel! Karen
Sounds delicious! Happy New Year and great photograph and article in the Sainsburys Magazine!
Thanks so much Ann and Happy New Year to you too! Karen
That looks lovely!
It was pretty LUSH Lauranne! Thanks, Karen
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com says
Karen, love the look of that toastie! Wish I had one this very minute! I might have called it Spanish, rather than Mexican, though. The chorizo used in Mexico and by Mexicans in the US is a loose product rather than a sausage like you get in Spain. But, minor detail! I’m sure the flavors are very similar, and it’s the thought of all the flavors in your toastie that has my mouth watering!
Thanks Jean! Funnily enough I did originally call it a Spanish Toastie! But, it was the addition of the avocado and lemon (sort of guacamole style) that made me change my mind! I have had the loose crumbly chorizo that you mention when I lived and worked in the States, and it is rather nice! Karen
Breville toastie machine, you said? Hummmmmm…. I see a certain Sally going to work on a google search…
lovely sandwich, reminded me of my childhood, Mom used to make something similar on top of the stove with a Medieval-looking gadget…
Thanks Sally! A Breville Toastie machine is this: http://www.breville.co.uk/breville-cafe-style-sandwich-press.html it is a grilled sandwich maker! Karen
I read the reviews, people love it! I cannot justify getting one, though – we have one of those panini grills, so it would be too much (although, it IS tempting)…. the only negative remark I read about it is that the plates cannot be removed to clean. My panini makes is the same way, I wish I could give it a nice rinse under the sink…
I could LIVE on toasties, a nice grilled cheese is a thing of beauty. You have a lot of lovely sandwich recipes I’ll have to keep in mind for my next tea party.
Thanks so much Maria! And that’s just a few of them, I also have some more on the blog too!
Great recipe Karen. You’ve managed to cram in quite a few of my favourite foods there. This could be a seriously good midnight snack after an evening out on the town
Thanks! Yes, I also packed a few of my own favourites in this sad is too!
these look delicious – I really want a toastie now!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Karen, great little recipe. I can’t remember the last time I had a toasted sandwich!
Tracy K Nixon says
Ohhh these sound love and will surely warm my cockles on a cold and frosty day like today!
Tracy K Nixon says
Tweeted thank you!
We call them toastie pies in New Zealand, and you absolutely can’t beat them for a simple tea or lunch. Or dinner, or supper…
Your recipes sounds delectable!
Tracy Nixon says
Shared on Facebook thanks you – what we all need on such a frost cold day like today!
dienia b says
really good used jack cheese here and panni press cherry bombers