Lots of cuisines include a variation on the Dutch tosti: American grilled cheese, French Croque Monsieur, Italian panini. Yet only in the Netherlands do you find the tosti in almost everyone's daily diet.  Fire up the sandwich maker or panini press and lay out a choice of breads, cheeses, sliced meats and let your family or guests build their own Dutch tosti.  If you want to be very Dutch, include sliced bananas and pineapples among the ingredient selection.

Amsterdam tostis

Serves 4                Prep time: 10 minutes               Cooking time: 10 minutes

8 slices of bread

2 - 3 cheese selections

sliced boiled ham

sliced salami

sliced pineapple

butter or olive oil spray

Pre-heat the sandwich maker or prepare the griddle pan.  

Use a cheese slicer to prepare thin slices of cheese.

Invite guest to select their own fillings, taking care not to overstuff tostis. 

Press in sandwich maker or griddle pan, turning as needed, until golden brown on both sides.