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Royal Toasties by The Janshaws

Updated: May 10

Croûte au fromage, Royal Toasties, Käseschnitten.

Oh my gouda! Our twist on the classic Swiss dish "Croûte au fromage" will make your taste buds yodel with joy! Think of it as a fancy cheese on toast, soaked in white wine and topped with a mouthwatering combo of cheese, onions, and gherkins. Then we bake it all to gooey perfection. You'll be saying "gruy-yeah" to this dish fast you can say Käseschnitten.

We've got Graeme's vegetarian version for the herbivores and Stephane's ham-tastic version for the carnivores. It's like cheese on toast on steroids that will have you feeling like you're dining in the Swiss Alps.

Time: 25 mins | Serves: 2 to 4


4 thick bread slices

300g cheese (we used raclette cheese slices)

1 handful of chopped onion

1 handful of chopped spinach

2 garlic cloves (crushed)

1 tomato (sliced thickly)

2 tablespoons capers

2 tablespoons chopped up gherkin

50ml white wine

1 tablespoon paprika powder

1 tablespoon mustard (mild or hot – your choice)

2 tablespoons butter

Pinch of salt & pepper

2 to 4 eggs (as desired)

2 to 4 slices of ham (Stephane’s version)

Some sliced bread to make your toasted soldiers


1. Preheat the oven to a blazing 220°C (428°F.) - we want that cheese melted to perfection!

2. Grease your oven tray with butter, but if you're feeling fancy, use a brush, paper towel, or a napkin - just don't use your fingers like I do (hehehe).

3. Take your 4 slices of bread, put them on the tray, and baptize them in a pool of white wine - we're getting the bread drunk for extra flavor!

4. Now it's time to butter them up and slather on the mustard like it's going out of fashion.

5. Crush up some garlic and sprinkle it over the slices - we want that vampire-proof coating.

6. Add the spinach for some much-needed greens, and for the meat-eaters, slap on the ham like it's a one-man Vegas buffet.

7. It's time to get fancy with some sliced tomatoes, onion, and gherkins - we're building a toastie tower!

8. Shake on some paprika, salt, and pepper to give it that extra kick - we want this toastie to have a spicy attitude!

9. Now, lay the sliced cheese on top of everything like a cozy blanket and sprinkle more paprika because why not?

10. Pop it in the oven and let it bake to cheesy perfection for about 12-15 minutes - set that timer and prepare to salivate!

11. While you're waiting, fry up some eggs because eggs make everything better, even royal toasties.

~ When your toasties are ready, top some of them with a fried egg and get ready to be crowned the king or queen of toasties.

Bon appétit bébé!


Alright, let's spill the tea on the regal dish that is "Royal Toasties" by The Janshaws - it's not just a delicious meal, it's also packed with some amazing benefits!
  1. Cheesy Goodness: Let's face it, cheese makes everything better! (Unless you're a lactose-intolerant buzzkill), And this dish is loaded with it - from the raclette cheese slices to the melted goodness on top.

  2. Customizable: Whether you're a veggie lover or a ham enthusiast, there's a version of Royal Toasties for everyone.

  3. Spinach Power: Spinach is a nutrient-packed superfood, and it's a key ingredient in this dish. So, you can feel good about getting in some greens while indulging in cheesy goodness.

  4. Garlic: Enjoy the flavorful kick of crushed garlic in this meal and savor the cozy night in, but save the first date for another night without garlic breath!

  5. Wine Not?: White wine is a key ingredient in this dish, and who doesn't love cooking with alcohol? It adds a subtle flavor and depth to the dish.

  6. Capers and Gherkins: These flavorful ingredients add a tangy and briny touch to the dish, taking it to the next level.

And remember, when you're feeling down and out, when life gets tough, when the world is a little bit too much to handle - just grab a plate of Royal Toasties by The Janshaws, add a fried egg on top, and let the cheesy goodness lift you up and carry you away to a land of pure deliciousness.



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