Genius toast is the perfect example of innovative student cooking. This is the perfect recipe to use up those odds and ends and to make the perfect comfort food.
When I first started at Exeter, my sister gave me her six pearls of wisdom for Uni life. Most of these were about dealing with hangovers and joining societies, but my favourite was this: ‘Number 6: If 2 things taste good on their own they will probably taste even better together. Heat them up, add cheese and BOOM! Genius toast. This is how all great chefs are born, I’m 100% sure.’ In honour of this advice I decided to share her amazing invention: genius toast.
- One onion, chopped finely
- One apple, chopped into chunks
- One can chopped tomatoes
- Two slices of bread
- Cider vinegar
- Cheese, sliced
- Tobasco if wanted
To start, fry the onions until soft. Add the apples and the chopped tomatoes with a dash of the vinegar. Add the tobasco if wanted and keep stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn to the pan- a common student issue (my house has lost three pans to this so far this year). While this is cooking, put your oven on a low to medium grill setting. Place your bread on a wire oven shelf. Grill your bread until it is toasted on one side, then remove from the oven. Turn the bread so the untoasted side is facing upwards. Heap the apple and onion mixture onto your bread and layer your sliced cheese on top. Place the whole thing back under the grill until the cheese starts to melt. BOOM! Genius toast. All credits go to the original genius, my sister Lou.