Several slices of cheese on toast
British Cheese On Toast Depends On Worcestershire Sauce For An Umami Kick
Cheese on toast, a beloved UK classic, doesn't only use its two namesake ingredients. It also gets an umami kick from Worcestershire sauce to enhance the savory, creamy cheese.
Worcestershire was conceived in Britain in the early 19th century. Its sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavor takes melted cheese on bread far beyond a basic snack.
The way you add Worcestershire to this snack depends on whether you use sliced or grated cheese. A creamy, meltable cheese like young English cheddar or Gruyere works best.
For sliced cheese, broil the cheese and bread first before drizzling the sauce on top. You can mix grated cheese with Worcestershire before broiling it with the toast.
Use sturdy, thick bread that can handle the weight of the cheese and won't turn soggy. Try adding pickle relish, mustard, caramelized onions, or a fried egg to bulk up your snack.