5 Alternative Toasties That Will Blow Your Friggin' Mind*

*Make you quite hungry and possibly very inspired

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We know what you're thinking: "toasties? I don't need help to make a toasted sandwich, thank you very much, Sir."

But the toasted sandwiches we're thinking of aren't you're regular two slices of Hovis 50/50, a meagre scraping of butter and sad slice of plastic cheddar affair. Oh noe.

We're talking Middle Eastern spiced lamb rubbing shoulders against pine nuts and lemon juice, or perfectly grilled mushrooms in a sea of oozing Gouda. Not so boring now, hey?

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Here's four toasted sandwich recipes that will up your grilling game and have you never questioning the humble dish again.

Fried egg and avocado toasted sandwich with chili jam

In addition to looking Instagram-ready, Olive Magazine's recipe is the perfect combination of flavours from the sweetness of the chili jam to the richness of the burst yolk, all soaked up with crispy toasted bread. You don't even need a toastie machine - the bread is fried in a pan with the cracked egg cooking in a hole in the middle. You then assemble the 'smashed' avocado (always smashed...) and chili jam inside the other slice of toast. Yes ok - a deconstructed toastie, but a game-changer nonetheless.

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Mexican chicken quesadilla

Mexican cooking doesn't need to be intimidating with this BBC food recipe which uses simple ingredients while packing plenty of flavour. The freshness of the spring onion and lemon juice work well with the richer flavours of the feta and texture of the breadcrumbed chicken. They're easy to put together too so make a stack and slice up if you're feeling fat entertaining.

Spiced lamb toasted pitta

For a totally out there toastie experience this Olive Magazine lamb pitta recipe is a haven of middle-Eastern flavours thanks to the spices including cumin, cardamon, nutmeg and cinnamon and the addition of garlic and parsley. The pine nuts and lemon juice another dimension, as does the crisp piping hot pitta bread casing.

Mushroom, onion and gouda grilled cheese

Many of us believe we've mastered the cheese toastie but the combination of nutty Dutch cheese gouda and sweet cooked onions in this recipe from blogger Momtastic makes for a combination you won't forget. Plus the mushrooms have a meaty texture that will make a night off chicken or beef a welcome treat.

The ultimate cheese toastie

If it's classic you're after, look no further than this cheese toastie recipe which Polpo founder Richard Norman created for Esquire. His masterful creation uses both Gruyère and cheddar, because I think you'll agree one type of cheese is just not enough. Best enjoyed with a glass of red wine after a punishingly long day, though there's never a bad time to eat this to be honest.