French-Toast Cheese Dreams are shallow-fried, egg-coated cheese sandwiches. Perfect for using up leftovers or the end of a loaf – and great for kids’ teatime.
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French-Toast Cheese Dreams were a staple of my childhood. We probably had them for tea every couple of weeks or so and they were always a favourite of mine. We called them Cheese Dreams because fried cheese sandwiches doesn’t sound so great and, anyway, we didn’t really eat sandwiches.
The French-Toast part comes from coating the sandwich in beaten egg before frying. It’s an ideal treatment for any leftover sandwiches, so if you’ve over-catered for a picnic or some other event, bring the spare sandwiches home and freeze them. Take out as many as you need for teatime, and defrost in the fridge overnight.
Butter or Mayonnaise in Sandwiches?
Or both? I have to say I’m a convert to using mayonnaise and no butter in my sandwiches. I prefer the taste and, while I really like butter, I’m not keen on it with most sandwich fillings. But it doesn’t make any difference in this recipe, and you could leave it out entirely.
So if you’re looking for a quick and nutritious tea for your children, try French-Toast Cheese Dreams. There’s plenty of protein in the cheese and egg, fibre and slow-release carbs in the bread, and fat in the butter or mayonnaise. You don’t need much oil or butter for frying – you could use a spray bottle if you’re concerned about it. All you need to add are vegetables and salad is my preferred option here, such as sliced tomatoes.
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A simple recipe for after-school tea or weekend lunch, French-Toast Cheese Dreams are egg-coated, fried cheese sandwiches. Popular with all ages.
For the Cheese Sandwiches
- 2 slices wholemeal bread
- 2 slices cheese
- Chutney (optional)
- Butter or mayonnaise
- 1 egg
- Oil or butter for frying
- Make the sandwiches in your usual way
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan on a MEDIUM-HIGH heat
- Beat the egg in a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper
- Cut each sandwich into quarters
- Soak the sandwiches in the beaten egg, pushing them into the egg so that both sides are coated and all the egg is absorbed
- Fry until the sandwiches are golden brown and the cheese is melting
- About 3 minutes on each side
- Serve immediately with salad
- Use any leftover sandwiches you have – they don’t have to be cheese
- Category: Teatime
- Method: Fry
- Cuisine: British
Keywords: Quick, easy, supper, children, cheese sandwiches