Hot cheese is a simple but delicious sandwich with toasted bread and melted cheese. In the mood for a snack or a quick meal? This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare. Make the sandwich on the stove or in the oven to make it perfect. If you're really in a hurry, use the toaster or microwave. After tasting the original warm cheese, try additional flavors and ingredients to personalize your snack!
- 1 tablespoon of butter at room temperature.
- 2 slices of loaf bread.
- 1 or 2 slices of your favorite cheese.
- Tomato (optional).
- Apple slices (optional).
- Cold (optional).
Method 1 of 5: Making a Classic Hot Cheese
Step 1. Butter one side of the 2 slices of bread
Choose your preferred type of bread and take 2 slices. Use room temperature butter to spread more easily without breaking the bread. Cover one side of each slice so that it turns brown and doesn't burn when it goes into the pan.
- If you want a classic warm cheese, use plain loaf bread.
- Prefer a healthier option? Use whole grain bread, grain bread, sprouted wheat bread or gluten free bread.
- Try other types of bread for variety, such as rye or Italian.
- The cheese inside the sandwich may not melt if the bread slices are too thick.
you can also spread mayonnaise in place of butter to add flavor, but the snack can be greasy.
Step 2. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat
Put your skillet on the stove and wait for it to heat up well before placing the sandwich so that it browns evenly. Add a few drops of water to see if the surface is already hot. The water should sizzle and evaporate instantly.
Do not set the heat too high so that the bread does not run the risk of burning without the cheese having melted
Step 3. Assemble the sandwich in the pan
When the pan is hot, place the first slice of bread butter side down. Cover it with 1 or 2 slices of your favorite cheese and place the second slice butter side up.
- Swiss cheese and brie are two types that melt very quickly, but you can use either option in your snack. Try mixing more than one cheese to vary the flavor.
- Use cheddar, provolone, gouda, Minas cheese or a spicy cheese and taste different flavors.
- You can also add grated cheese so that it melts easier.
Step 4. Cook the sandwich on one side for three to four minutes or until it turns brown
Let the bottom of the bread fry for this period so that it becomes crispy. Lift the sandwich with a spatula every now and then to get a look at the color and be careful not to let the bread burn.
Do not leave the kitchen and leave the sandwich on the fire, as it can burn or even catch on fire
Step 5. Turn the sandwich over and grill the other side for another two or three minutes
Place a spatula under the bread and turn it over quickly, leaving the buttered side of the other slice facing down. Press the sandwich with the spatula so that the bread evenly contacts the pan. Wait a few more minutes or until the bottom slice is also browned and the cheese melts.
- Be careful when turning the sandwich, as it may fall apart. Use your other hand to hold everything in place.
- Turn the snack over again if the first slice has not been grilled long enough for it to be more golden and crispy.
Step 6. Cut the hot cheese before serving
Transfer the sandwich to a board when finished. Use a bread knife to cut it diagonally. That way, it cools down a little faster so it doesn't burn anyone's mouth. Serve it still hot.
- The cheese can be very hot, so take a small bite at first so you don't burn your tongue.
- If a piece remains, wrap it in aluminum foil and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Method 2 of 5: Making Hot Cheese in the Oven
Step 1. Preheat oven to 230 °C
Move the oven rack to the center position so that the sandwich cooks evenly. Turn on the oven at 230 °C and wait for it to heat up well while preparing the snacks. When it reaches the temperature, add the sandwiches.
You can also use the toaster if you don't want to heat the oven
Step 2. Butter one side of the bread slices
Choose your favorite type of bread to make the hot cheese. Use 2 slices and butter at room temperature one side of each slice. Cover evenly until the corners to help the slice brown evenly and keep it from burning and sticking.
- Wait for the butter to soften if it's in the fridge so it doesn't end up destroying the bread.
- Another option is to switch from butter to mayonnaise.
Step 3. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet with the butter side facing down
Use a baking sheet that holds all the slices of bread you want to bake a finger apart. Place the buttered side face down to make the bread crunchy.
Use a deep baking pan so the butter does not run and drip into the oven when melted
line the baking sheet with aluminum foil so you don't have to clean anything later. Just take the sheet off after it cools and throw it away.
Step 4. Place 1 or 2 slices of cheese on top of bread
Choose your favorite cheese for the sandwich, such as mozzarella, cheddar or provolone. Place these slices of cheese on top of each slice of bread without them hanging out as the cheese melts and runs off.
- Try different cheeses to change the flavor of the snack, such as Swiss cheese, gouda, mines or brie.
- Don't want a really greasy sandwich? It's okay to put only 1 slice of cheese.
Step 5. Bake the bread for four or five minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble
Place the pan on the oven rack and set a five-minute alarm. Take a look once in a while so you don't let anything burn. After that time, the cheese should start to melt and bubble into the sandwich.
Step 6. Take the baking sheet out of the oven to assemble the rest of the snack
Do not do this while it is still in the oven. Use a spatula to take one slice and place it on top of the other. Line them up so the cheese doesn't run out.
- Do not turn off the oven yet, as the snack preparation is not over.
- The roasting pan must be very hot, so pick it up with oven mitts.
Step 7. Return the hot cheese to the oven to make the bread crunchy
Return the pan to the oven for another two or three minutes until the bread is golden and crispy. Take out the sandwiches when finished and allow them to cool a little before serving.
- The bread and cheese should be very hot when they come out of the oven, so be very careful not to accidentally burn yourself.
- You don't need to put the sandwich back in the oven if the bread is already toasted and browned when it's time to assemble the hot cheese.
- Store leftovers in a tightly closed jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Method 3 of 5: Making Hot Cheese in the Toaster
Step 1. Turn the toaster horizontally
Cheese will not melt on bread if the toaster is turned upside down. Carefully lay the device on its side to keep the openings horizontal. This way, the cheese melts on top of the bread without running.
If you can't turn your toaster on its side, use a toaster oven
Step 2. Place the bread slices inside the toaster with 1 slice of cheese on top of each
Arrange the cheese before placing the bread in the toaster and carefully place the slices in the openings. Don't let the cheese fall off the bread at this time.
- Do not use a very thick slice, which may not even fit in the toaster.
- Soft cheeses melt faster, but you can use whichever one you prefer.
do not leave the cheese hanging out of the bread as it may melt and drip into the toaster, creating a fire hazard.
Step 3. Toast the bread and cheese for about four minutes
Turn the toaster on for a maximum of five minutes and then pull the lever down to start toasting the sandwich. After about four minutes, unplug the toaster so it doesn't throw the buns out, making a mess like that.
Do not leave the toaster, as if it is left on unattended there may be a risk of fire
Step 4. Take out the bread slices and assemble the hot cheese
Slowly pull the lever up to remove the buns easily. Use a silicone spatula or a fork to pick them up. Add the slices to assemble your sandwich and serve it still hot.
- Never insert a metal object into the toaster, even if it is already unplugged.
- Is the bread not crispy or the cheese not melting? Roast them for another minute or two.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week in a tightly closed container.
Method 4 of 5: Using the microwave
Step 1. Toast the bread in the toaster so that it is crispy
Place 2 slices of the desired bread in the toaster and toast them for about four minutes or until golden. Remove the bread at the end of the preparation.
You don't have to do this if you don't want to, but the sandwich is crispier if it's toasted
Step 2. Place 1 or 2 slices of cheese between the bread slices
Choose your favorite cheese and place 1 or 2 slices between the buns to make the sandwich just right.
Softer cheeses melt faster in the microwave, but any cheese can be used in the recipe
Step 3. Wrap the sandwich in a piece of paper towel to make the cheese melt better
Place it on top of a sheet of paper towel and close tightly on all sides. The paper towel serves to retain the heat so that the cheese melts faster without leaving the bread wet and mushy. Place the wrapped snack on a plate.
Step 4. Cook the sandwich in the microwave for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese melts
Center the dish in the microwave and program for just 20 seconds. At the end of that time, unwrap the sandwich and see if the cheese has melted. Otherwise, leave it in the microwave for another 15 seconds. If it's ready, just remove the paper towel and serve.
- Bread may soften if left in the microwave for too long.
- Store leftovers in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Method 5 of 5: Trying Out Hot Cheese Options
Step 1. Try adding tomatoes to your sandwich to give your snack a pizza feel
Cut 2 or 3 slices of a fresh tomato and place them on top of the cheese when making the sandwich. Heat it normally so that the cheese melts and the tomato softens. If you want a taste of margarita, finish with basil leaves. Another great choice is oregano.
- Use mozzarella cheese to make the snack look even more like a pizza.
- If you like, cut the tomato into cubes to spread them better all over the bread.
Step 2. Add apple slices to make a sweet and savory mix
Cut 0.5 cm apple slices so that they heat up well. Arrange them on top of the cheese, in the middle of the sandwich, and heat it normally. The cheese and apple flavor should be fused together as the two cook together.
Try using cheddar, brie or gouda to enhance and intensify the taste
avoid using a sour apple, which does not go well with the cheese.
Step 3. Make a hot mix with ham to add more protein
Place a few thin slices of ham on the bottom of the bread and top it off with cheese. Heat the sandwich normally until the cheese is melted and the ham is hot. When finished, cut the snack in half so that it cools down a bit.
- Use cheddar or Swiss cheese if you want to vary and try a different mix.
- If you like, use other cold cuts in place of the ham, such as turkey breast or roast beef.
- Include tomatoes or pickles in the sandwich for flavor.
Step 4. Pesto one of the bread slices to make a warm Italian cheese
Before covering the sandwich with the second slice, apply a thin layer of pesto to the non-buttered side. Heat the bread well until it is toasted and the cheese melts.
- You can make your pesto at home or buy one ready-made.
- Try a snack with mozzarella.
Step 5. Combine hot cheese with spicy tomato soup for an unusual mixture
Heat the soup on the stove or in the microwave and serve it in a bowl beside the hot cheese. Dip the sandwich into the soup before taking a bite to blend the flavors.
Make your own soup or buy one ready-made
Try different fillings and cheeses until you find your favorite combination
- Be careful when taking the first bite as the cheese can get very hot.
- Wear oven mitts when handling hot utensils so you don't burn yourself.