Spanish Toastie (Chorizo, Manchego & Orange Chutney)

There’s no such thing as THE Spanish Toastie. However, there is such a thing like Spanish ingredients on a toastie! 

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Spanish Toastie (Chorizo, Manchego & Orange Chutney)


  • Author: Toastie Lab
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

There’s no such thing as THE Spanish Toastie. However, there is such a thing like Spanish ingredients on a toastie! 


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Ingredients

  • 100 grams Manchego
  • 100 grams Chorizo (slices) 
  • 2 tbsp of orange jam or chutney
  • 4 slices of olive bread
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Alternatively, you can use a spicy olive tapenade instead of the orange chutney: 

  • 50 grams of green olives (with chili and cayenne pepper to taste)

Instructions

  1. Cut the manchego cheese in slices and cut off the rind (the hard bit).
  2. Assemble the toastie starting with the cheese, then place the chorizo on top and finally add the marmalade/jam. 
  3. Close the toastie. 
  4. Drizzle some olive oil on the grill (and on the top layer of the bread).
  5. Put the toastie in the middle of the preheated grill. 
  6. Grill until crispy or right until the cheese starts to melt. 

 

  • If you’re using the spicy olives instead of the orange chutney, turn them into a quick tapenade, by cutting the olives really small. If desired, add some chili and/or cayenne pepper and an extra dash of olive oil. 
  • TIP: Place the tapenade at the bottom of the toastie and the cheese and chorizo on top of it.

Notes

  • Sauce tip: Ketchup
  • Bread tip: Olive bread
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Grilled Sandwich
  • Cuisine: Grilled Cheese

Keywords: Manchego, Chorizo, Orange Chutney, Olive Tapenade, Spanish Toastie, Toastie Variation, Grilled Cheese, Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Spanish Toastie (Chorizo, Manchego & Orange Chutney) FAQs

What’s a Spanish Toastie? 

There’s no such thing as A Spanish toastie. There are tostadas or pan con tomate (toasted bread with tomato) that is made by toasting bread and (gently) pushing a tomato through a cheese grater and spreading that on top of the bread. It’s delicious. 

However, this Spanish toastie is not an authentic Spanish toastie. It is a toastie that uses Spanish ingredients, like manchego, chorizo and orange (or olives). 

The ingredients are Spanish, but the combination of the different ingredients is my version of a Spanish toastie. It brings me back to Spain, where you would definitely have all these ingredients (separately) as tapas accompanying a nice cold glass of tinto de verano

Do I need to use slices of chorizo or can I use dry sausage?

Ideally, you want to use deli meat slices for this recipe as it will fit the toastie better. However, it is possible to make this recipe using dried chorizo sausages (like the fancy ones you’ll see on markets). Just make sure to cut them thinly. 

What kind of bread do you recommend for the Spanish Toastie? 

We recommend using olive bread for the Spanish Toastie because it goes well with the other flavors. You could, however, use any other type of bread you have available. In fact, white bread might go well with it, too. 

When I think of Spain, I think of flavorful, chunky, salty, olive-y bread. However, most bread eaten in Spain is plain white bread. Using white bread actually accentuates the other flavors in this toasted sandwich. 

Is manchego good cheese for toasties? (Does it melt?)

Manchego is a great cheese for toasties because it melts easily. It becomes a soft cheese when it is exposed to heat, which is perfect for toasties. It is often used as grated cheese for oven dishes, as well. 

  • You could say that manchego is the “spanish version” of parmesan. 

For this toastie, you don’t need to grate the cheese, though. In fact, it will be better if you cut the cheese slightly thick, to make sure there’s enough flavor in your grilled cheese! And you can make a manchego layer on your toastie as if it were a puzzle! FUN!

What kind of equipment do I need for the Spanish Toastie?

Depending on the bread and sausage (and cheese) that you’re using, you might want to consider using a sandwich grill for this grilled cheese. 

However, if the bread and chorizo is cut thinly enough, you could grate the manchego and choose to make the sandwich in a toastie iron, too. 

I love using the grill since it makes more beautiful toasties – and by beautiful, I mean more equally grilled. 🙂

How do I add spicy olives if I don’t want to use the orange chutney? 

Instead of going for a savoury-sweet toastie, you can choose to go for a savory-spicy toastie. 

If you want to omit the orange marmalade, we recommend using spicy olives instead. You can easily turn them into a simple tapenade by chopping them very finely, or blending them into a chunky paste. Add olive oil if necessary. 

If you don’t like spicy ingredients, leave the spices out, but if you do like a spicy toastie, add chili and cayenne pepper to your olive mixture. It will be delicious combined with the cheese and chorizo!

Can I use other sausages instead of chorizo? 

We choose to use chorizo for this toastie because it’s such a classic Spanish meat. It’s also delicious 🙂

If you want to replace the chorizo, go for linguica (a portuguese sausage, also with garlic), or a classic jamon iberico

If you’re choosing to use the latter, you might want to add some garlic to your recipe to bring back the flavor boost!

Can I make the Spanish Toastie Vegetarian? 

If you want to omit the Chorizo, you could simply make the toastie without any meat in it. You might want to add some extra cheese, or choose to use both the orange chutney and the olives! 

Olives and orange actually combine pretty well, but it’s an intense flavor! 

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Toastie Lab is the collective effort of Jack and Eveline. We love making, experimenting with, and eating toasted sandwiches.

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