Tomato Avocado & Vegemite Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Tomato Avocado & Vegemite Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Don’t be scared: This might be one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches you’ve ever tasted. Vegemite, you say? What the heck is Vegemite? Contrary to popular American belief, Vegemite is not a vegetable paste, but rather it is an Australian condiment, a yeast by-product that tastes absolutely amazing. Some people believe that Vegemite is an acquired taste.

Growing up with an Australian father and having had my fair share of Vegemite as a child, all I know is that I love the stuff. I dip my almonds in it, use it as a marinade for tuna, adore it on toast, and sometimes I get this mind-numbing craving for it that leads me to eating it straight out of the jar with my finger. I lovingly refer to this craving as Vegemitis.

It kinda looks like chocolate ganache in that photo, eh? Well here’s the deal: I believe that the reason Americans are so turned off by the stuff is because they think it should be spread on toast like peanut butter. No no no no no no no. The flavor of this stuff is very strong. A little bit goes a REALLY long way. To properly enjoy Vegemite, your toast should look more like this:

Now, I personally like to add more than what I’m showing you here…. But seriously, don’t go crazy with the stuff. The flavor is very salty, very distinct, and less is definitely more. I get my Vegemite from family members or I’ll always grab a jar when I’m in Sydney. I recently discovered that you can actually purchase it at World Market, and most likely at any sort of British Pantry you might have in the area. The awesome thing about Vegemite is that I swear it never expires. And since you really can’t use a lot at one time, the jar will last for quite some time.

This is yet another very simple recipe with outstanding results :)

Tomato Avocado & Vegemite Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 Slices Whole Grain Bread
  • 1 Slice Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Medium Tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 Avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 -1 tsp. Vegemite
  • A little bit of butter

Butter one side of one piece of  bread. On a grill or skillet over medium heat, place one slice of bread, butter side down and lay cheese on top.

As this piece toasts and the cheese melts, assemble the other half of the sandwich by buttering both sides of the bread, then spreading Vegemite on one side. Lay tomato slices on top of the Vegemite side and avocado slices on top of that.

When cheese melts, place that piece of toast on top of the assembled half and lay the uncooked half on the skillet to toast. Hopefully that makes sense ;)

Allow to cook until that half is toasted as well. Remove from heat, slice as you like, and enjoy!

In my opinion, the world’s most outstanding grilled cheese sandwich. :P

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Tomato Avocado & Vegemite Grilled Cheese Sandwich
 
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An all-American sandwich with an Australian twist.
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 Slices Whole Grain Bread
  • 1 Slice Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Medium Tomato, sliced
  • ½ Avocado, sliced
  • ½ -1 tsp. Vegemite
  • A little bit of butter
Instructions
  1. Butter one side of one piece of bread. On a grill or skillet over medium heat, place one slice of bread, butter side down and lay cheese on top.
  2. As this piece toasts and the cheese melts, assemble the other half of the sandwich by buttering both sides of the bread, then spreading Vegemite on one side.
  3. Lay tomato slices on top of the Vegemite side and avocado slices on top of that.
  4. When cheese melts, place that piece of toast on top of the assembled half and lay the uncooked half on the skillet to toast.
  5. Allow to cook until that half is toasted as well. Remove from heat, slice as you like, and enjoy!

 

 

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6 Responses to “Tomato Avocado & Vegemite Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

  1. January 18, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    The is the most incredible looking sandwich on earth… Please send one to South Africa this minute!!! Love this website. So well done. x jd

  2. January 18, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Vegemite (Marmite in the UK)= YES! Avocado = YES! Melted Cheese = YES! Enough said :)

    • February 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Does Marmite taste the same? I’ve actually seen it at the local grocery store, but I feel like I have to stay loyal to my Vegemite roots ;)

      • Andrew
        July 31, 2013 at 7:10 am #

        They are very, very similar, though Marmite is a bit softer coming out of the jar. Purists for both Vegemite and Marmite scoff at the idea that they taste similarly, though!

  3. January 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Looks Delicious:) Thanks for sharing!

  4. January 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Simple recipes are, indeed, the best. Actually, you had me at “avocado”. I’m guessing that Vegemite is high in B vitamins (being yeast based)? My curiosity is piqued about Vegemite and although I couldn’t use it in the family cooking (my husband is highly allergic to yeast), it would be great to have on hand when I want to make something just for myself. I’ve never seen Vegemite on the store shelves, but now that I’m aware of it, I’ll be on the lookout.

    *Your photos are soooo nice. The bokeh on that shot with the Vegemite on the knife is wonderful!

Your comments make my heart (and my piglet) smile!

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