Bondage sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwich with Italian bread, Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado. Grilled in a cast-iron skillet on an induction hob.

I'm still working from home on Fridays and participating in teleconferences during my lunch period.

I present to you the bondage sandwich. No this is not some fetish or BDSM thing.

Have you ever had the embarrassing situation of cooking a grilled cheese sandwich or what we prefer to call in Australia, a toasted sandwich (also known as a “toastie“) and the top half sliding off and spoiling its structure?

Even in a sandwich press this can happen, so unless you’re using an old fashioned jaffle iron, the slippage problem is an ever present danger.

Butchers or cooking twine is an easy solution to bind the sandwich to ensure structural integrity while it cooks.

Italian bread with Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado bound with cooking twine
Italian bread with Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado bound with cooking twine
Italian bread with Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado bound with cooking twine being grilled in a cast iron skillet on an induction hob
Italian bread with Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado bound with cooking twine being grilled in a cast-iron skillet on an induction hob

Ingredients

  • Bread (I used Italian bread from Coles)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Cheese (I used Mersey Valley pickled onion)
  • Butter (I use Lurpak butter)
  • Cooking or butchers twine
  • Queensland nut oil
Grilled cheese sandwich with Italian bread, Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado. Grilled in a cast-iron skillet on an induction hob.
Grilled cheese sandwich with Italian bread, Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado. Grilled in a cast-iron skillet on an induction hob.

Instructions in bondage

  1. Thaw two slices of bread.
  2. Spread Lurpak butter on the inner aspects of the bread.
  3. Slice some Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese and lay it on one of the buttered pieces of bread.
  4. Slice a tomato with a mandolin while wearing a safety glove.
  5. Smash some avocado with a fork and spread over the cheese and apply to the other piece of bread.
  6. Add slices of tomato on top of the avocado.
  7. Season with freshly cracked black pepper.
  8. Add the top piece of bread and then with twine bind the sandwich with the firmness you desire. I used surgical knots I learnt in medical school.
  9. Spread some mayonnaise to one outer surface of the sandwich.
  10. Heat a cast-iron skillet on an induction hob (or any other source of heat you want to use).
  11. Put the bound sandwich into the skillet mayonnaise side down and then spread mayonnaise on the other outer surface of the sandwich.
  12. Put a lid on the skillet and gently cook until the inferior surface is a golden brown.
  13. Turn the sandwich over and cook the other side.
  14. Place the bound sandwich on a plate and cut the sandwich diagonally and severe the bindings (because a diagonal cut means the sandwich tastes better).

Author: Gary

I'm a medical practitioner, specialist pathologist in microbiology, and Member of the Order of Australia (2003). I'm for resuscitation, if you find me struggling, please save me. I like to cook food, photograph it and then eat it. I'm also a fan of Star Trek, Stargate, Farscape, and Babylon 5.

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