THE SANDWICH SERIES: Coriander & Basil Pesto Cheesy Toastie

There’s something about opening your fridge and using what you have in it (along with a dash of creativity) to construct a lunchtime special, sandwiched between to beautiful pieces of bread. One of the many ‘must do’ things in life, that I’ve always had a silent excitement for is setting up my own sandwich bar, and filling it with ingredients and delicious condiments  that can tickle everybody’s fancy, so they can build their own ‘ultimate sandwich’.

Sandwiches for me, is the idea mid-day lunch break meal.
They are satisfying.
Totally customizable.
Can go from sweet to savory, and even in-between in the blink of an eye.
They are quick, easy, and with even minimal effort can be one of the greatest creations around.
They can be eaten, in hot weather cold weather, fresh or toasted.
They are perfect to be eaten any time of the day, wherever, whenever.
This delicious goodness, breaks up that mid-day lag, leaving you something to look forward to in the morning (practically my school morning in a nutshell)

This list could really go on on, I’m only getting warmed up!

So my friends, here we go again with a ‘yumtastic’ (is that even a word? as of now… yes it is) series, where I will be sharing with you my favourite, classic, new found, mid-day saving sandwich ideas that will hopefully inspire you to whip up, and put your own favourite flavours into that holy relic that is THE SANDWICH.

So, here is my personal invented favourite.

Basil pesto and coriander? ‘Is that even a good combination?’ I hear you ask.
Well, let me answer your question with another question. ‘Does a cracker go well with cheese?’
Incase that didn’t make sense… YES it does! A bit of a mix of herbal flavours which you will not regret trying. So, let’s hop on the ‘basil & coriander’ train, and go full steam ahead!
Coriander & basil pesto cheesy toastieYou will need:
coriander & basil pesto chessy toastie ingredients
– bread (I used dense white bread called ‘Pane di Casa’ which is perfect for toasting)
– chunky basil pesto
– cheese
– tomato
– onion
– coriander
– salt and pepper to season

Let’s Build It!:

1. Spread a nice liberal layer of the pesto onto one side of the bread, then top with cheese, then tomato, onion, a garnish of coriander and “don’t forget to season!” as I always say to my sister as it really brings out the flavours of each ingredient in this sandwich :)pesto sandwichcoriander & basil pesto cheesy toastiecoriander & basil pesto cheesy toastiecoriander & basil pesto cheesy toastie 2. Toast until cheese is beautiful and melted

coriander & basil pesto cheesy toastie

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coriander & basil pesto cheesy toastie

3. Enjoy!

Hope you love this quick easy mid-day saviour! :)



    • ahh homegrown coriander would be blissful! :)
      oo yay! hope you enjoy it! :)

  1. Oh my gosh. What I would not do to eat one of these every minute while studying – ultimate much?
    Great photos as well, no BRILLIANT :)


      • you said it Uru! :) it is what got me through my sunday morning maths!
        and thank-you very much 😀
        no i don’t, but i’ve been considering getting one, would you recommend it?

  2. Oh yes, what a yummy sandwich, you are so right, sandwiches are seasonless, perfect for any meal and so delicious. Love the combination here.

    • thank-you! :) yep, i could have them alll year round and never fail to get sick of them… so versatile – a good sandwich can really make your day! :)

    • haha thanks Diane!! 😀
      coriander and basil pesto are fab by themselves but there’s something about this combo that is particularly delicious :)

    • thanks! 😀
      you said it! grilled cheese with anything is the bessst – even grilled cheese by it’s self!
      in conclusion – grilled cheese is awesome 😛

    • hala to that my friend!! :)
      if i was asked would i be cool with living off sandwiches for the rest of my life – answer: yes haha they are so versatile!
      here i go again… off on another sandwich amazingness rant again 😛

    • thanks Mila!! :)
      a taste sensations for those taste buds if i may say so myself 😛

  3. Yum! Bec, this sandwich is making me hungry!! I love pesto in cheesy toasties. It seems to go so well with the meltingly delicious cheese. Love the photos. Looking forward to seeing the continuation of this series… and nope, I’ve never tried basil and coriander together in a pesto! I think I need to!! xxx

    • thanks so much laura!! 😀
      yessss – pesto and cheese = match made in heaven *droooooll
      ooo give it a shot! a bit of a mix of herbal flavours, but in this sandwich they go hand in hand! :)
      thank-you for your lovely comment! xx

    • thank-you very much!! :)
      yes – it’s nearing towards lunch and i’m making me a sandwich 😛

  4. What an awesome recipe. Your photos are beautiful. I wanted to reach in and grab that sandwich. Lovely post…….danny

    • thank-you very much danny!! 😀
      they’re so quick & easy which is such a bonus! :)

    • thank-you! :)
      you said it my friend! the bread is a blank canvas, you can dress it up any way you want! 😀

    • haha thanks Cass!! :) i’ll settle for one of these bad boys any day!

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