Monday, November 30, 2015

Corn Cheese Chilli Toastie

Cheesy post today.

Lots of cheese talks, chats and pics :)

Specialty cheese brand, Castello, has a new addition to the range...Tickler Mature! Tickler Extra Mature Cheddar has many loyal fans with its distinctive, tangy taste but this new Mature variant offers a smooth and creamy alternative for those looking for something slightly milder.

Tickler Mature is perfect for any occasion, either on the cheeseboard or to help add some depth and zing to your everyday meals.  To celebrate the launch they wanted me to create my very own perfect Ticklertastic Toastie. To do so, I was sent complete toastie kit- an argos make toaster, waitrose gift card, two cheese samples, sourdough crisp bread, cranberry jelly.

First cheese that I tried was Aged Havarti. Castello Aged Havarti is based on the authentic Danish recipe for Havarti dating back to 1952. Made from traditional cheese methods with the addition of a special culture, the Castello Aged Havarti is then matured for 12 months. During the long maturation the crumbly but creamy texture and a rich, buttery taste with tangy notes is created. As it ripens the cheese also starts to develop small crystals for a richer taste experience.

What makes great cheese even better? Yes Pairing or Smorging. Smorging means relaxed way of eating. It means you don’t need to save your favourite cheeses for a special occasion or a traditional cheeseboard. Dive into your fridge and store cupboards to pull together a creatively crafted smørgåsbord using whatever you have to hand to compliment your favourite cheeses; salamis and hams, a jar of roast red peppers, boiled eggs, olives, leftover slices of meat – whatever takes your fancy!  Here is what I did:

  • Ritz crackers with red chilli pesto
  • Sourdough bread with dried fig
  • Sourdough bread with grated carrots and black pepper
  • On Olive croutons

(Read more about smorging ideas and tips HERE)

The cheese that I had to use to make toastie was Tickler Mature Cheddar which is Mature Devonshire cheddar perfectly balanced with a smooth and creamy texture, a hint of sweetness and a lively finish.  The perfect accompaniment on a sharing board! Castello Tickler Mature Cheddar is available exclusively at Waitrose at £4.00.

I decided to make Corn Chilli Toatsie. Imagine dollops of cheese, hot green chilies and crunchy corn bits spread between bread slices –oh yes insanely delicious. Finally, grilled on a pan till crisp and golden on outside and oozing melting cheese from inside –perfect. This is a kind of toastie that is good for anytime as a snack or a complete meal.

(Makes 2 toasties)
4 slices bread
1 cup sweet corn
1/4 cup grated cheese
1 green chilli chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon
2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

I used frozen corn so I just microwave it in water for 2 minutes. If using fresh, boil before use.
Heat oil in a pan and boiled corn. Also mix in cheese, chilli, salt, black pepper and lemon juice. Mix till cheese melts.
Add in coriander leaves and let mixture cool down a bit.
Take bread and apply butter on 2 bread slice. On the other two non-butter slice apply the 2 to 3 tablespoons corn mixture. Put the buttered slice on it and toast in the sandwich maker till golden brown.
Serve immediately.

You can add boiled mashed potatoes also in stuffing.
Perfect as anytime snack, perfect for kids parties.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or told to write positive review. The post is based on my experience and is unbiased. Thanking Havas PR UK and Castello for sending cheese and toastie kit.


  1. recently I prepared chilli cheese capsicum toast, so I can understand the taste of this version of chilli toast with a sweetness from corn...

  2. Such beautiful pictures... love the toasties...


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