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Cheddar and provolone toasties with quick-pickled onion

Fast recipe for Cheddar and provolone toasties with quick-pickled onion.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 4
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Cheddar and provolone toasties with quick-pickled onion
These deliciously cheesy toasties are great as is, but thickly sliced leg ham or even spicy salami would make for a tasty addition.


  • 300 gm crème fraîche
  • 150 gm each grated cheddar and provolone piccante (see note)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 8 thick slices sourdough or rye sourdough
  • 30 gm butter, diced
Quick-pickled onion
  • 1 Spanish onion, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp caster sugar


  • 1
    For quick-pickled onion, combine ingredients in a bowl, season to taste and stand until onion changes colour (8-10 minutes).
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180C. Mix crème fraîche, cheeses and mustard in a bowl and season to taste. Spread over bread slices, then form stacks of 2 slices, cheese-side up. Heat butter in a large ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat until foaming, add sandwiches and fry until golden on the bases (1-2 minutes), transfer to oven and bake until golden brown and bubbling (4-5 minutes). Serve topped with quick-pickled onion.


Note Provolone piccante is available from select delicatessens.