Juliet Sear's rainbow cheese toasties

With eating in the new eating out, Juliet Sear gives the humble cheese toastie a makeover! It’s home comfort food at its finest - but tear this one open and there’s a rainbow of cheesy goodness inside - and even better - everyone can make it.

Phillip and Holly give it a go alongside Juliet to show us just how easy it is.

Rainbow cheese toasties

Serves: Makes 1 toastie


2 slices medium sliced white bread, buttered on both sides

40g cheddar, grated

60g grated mozzarella

Natural food colouring gels - pink, green, blue and yellow


  • First butter both sides of the bread. Mix both the cheeses together in a bowl

  • Preheat your frying pan or turn on your toastie machine or panini press, if using

  • Put 25g of the cheese mix into each of four bowls. Colour each bowl a different colour, by adding a few drops of food colouring into each bowl and mixing well with teaspoons.

  • Place the first piece of bread down on top of a piece of greaseproof paper and lay horizontal rows of each different coloured cheese onto your bread - each row should be about 2-3cm wide depending on the size of your piece of bread. Place the other slice of bread on top, then top with some more greaseproof paper and press down using your hand.

  • Lift the sandwich, remove the bottom piece of baking paper and place into your hot toastie machine, then remove the top paper. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until it is golden brown on the outside and the cheese has melted inside - if cooking in a frying pan, flip the toastie over every minute or so.

  • Once ready to serve, slice diagonally with a sharp knife - leave to stand for 10-15 seconds and pull apart to create the rainbow cheesy effect


The trick to cutting the toastie open and getting the rainbow effect in the cheese, is to cut it once it’s ready and leave to cool for about 15 seconds before pulling apart, that way you will see the rainbow cheesy effect.