Here at Stylist, grilled sandwiches are one of our go-to lunchtime snacks. They’re quick to make, hard to mess up, and totally delicious – and they can be jazzed up in all manner of ways.
In her new book Melts, food writer, stylist and chef Fern Green brings together more than 50 grilled and toasted sandwich recipes. Some are refined versions of familiar concepts – the ultimate tuna melt, for example – while others are extravagant or downright unexpected, from a sweet toastie with fig, whipped cheese and honeyed walnuts to a version using Parmesan-loaded carbonara pasta. A handful of recipes eschew cheese and bread entirely, such as the Bombay masala grilled chapati and the egg, bacon and guacamole waffles.
The book is divided into five sections, ‘The Classics’, ‘The Adventurer’, ‘Cheesetastic’, ‘Hungry’ and ‘Sweetness’ – so whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to be able to find something that takes your fancy.
Here, Green shares five of her favourite recipes from Melts. Don’t worry if you don’t own a toasted sandwich maker or panini press – if you’ve got a standard frying pan and a grill, you’re good to go.
Melts by Fern Green is published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP £12.99, buy it here. Photography by Jacqui Melville.