Picture this…harissa marinated roasted peppers, thick, creamy hummus and melted feta cheese all oozing and dripping out of warm toasted flatbreads – sounds like some epic holiday foodie memory from a small market stall in somewhere like Turkey or Morocco, right? But no! You can make these awesome Feta, Roasted Pepper and Harissa Toasted Flatbreads yourself, in your own kitchen, in under 10 minutes. Insane, I know – but true!
What do you think of when someone says ‘sandwich toaster’? Student days and cheese toasties? Sliced cheese sandwiched between two slices of cheap and nasty white bread? Yeah me too!
So when Breville contacted me and asked if I would like to try out their latest sandwich press, I was a teensy bit hesitant. I mean don’t get me wrong I still love the occasional cheeky cheap and nasty bread white toastie…buuut I wasn’t sure how that was going to work on my blog…
Turns out sandwich toasters have changed A LOT since my student days…for a start this one looks a whole lot better. I love the sleek design of the Breville 3 Slice DuraCeramic Sandwich Press – it is also a whole lot more flexible. It’s awesome – you can toast almost anything! Sure it will do your standard brown or white bread, but you can also toast paninis, ciabatta, bagels, baguettes, tortillas, flatbreads, brioche – whatever takes your fancy!
And toasties too have moved on a long way since the choice was ‘cheese’ or ‘cheese and ham’ …I was positively drooling reading through the recipe suggestions in the handbook: Steak and Blue Cheese Panini; Halloumi, Avocado and Smoked Salmon Toasted Bagels…and, best of all, Toasted Brioche with Berries and Ice Cream – yes please!
Breville asked me to design my very own toastie to celebrate #BritishSandwichWeek and to highlight the versatility of the Breville 3 Slice DuraCeramic Sandwich Press and I couldn’t wait to get started. I began dreaming up ideas…would I make a Mexican inspired Chicken Fajita toastie? Or maybe an Indian inspired Chicken Tikka Naan toastie…I was tempted by both and I think I will probably have a go at both of them in the near future, but the idea that really got me excited was the idea of a Middle Eastern style Flatbread Toastie…inspired by the flavours of Turkish Flatbreads and Moroccan Tagines, it would have to include hummus, harissa, roasted red peppers, feta, coriander…I got into the kitchen pronto and started experimenting with my new toy!
To make my toasted flatbreads I started by marinating some roasted red peppers (the kind you can buy in a jar…usually from the antipasto section of the supermarket) in a mixture of harissa paste and lemon juice. Next I spread one flatbread thickly with hummus, topped it with a harissa marinated red pepper, crumbled over some feta cheese and sprinkled over a few coriander leaves and then topped it all off with another flatbread…so easy, it takes 5 minutes tops!
While I was preparing my toastie, I had the Breville sandwich press heating up to medium-high (you literally have to switch it on and set the temperature and it starts heating up, when the amber light goes off you know it’s ready). I just popped my flatbread on the hot press, closed the lid and 5 minutes later I had an insanely good Feta, Roasted Pepper and Harissa Toasted Flatbread for my lunch (or rather 2 – these are way too good to stop at 1!) This really is easy peasy cooking at its best!
Possibly even better than the way it makes awesome easy peasy delicious tasting lunches, is the ease with which the Breville 3 Slice DuraCeramic Sandwich Press can be cleaned up afterwards. It is one flat press, so no awkward edges or corners to get into…just a quick wipe with a damp cloth (when it’s cooled down obviously) and you are good to go. I also love the way you can fold it down neatly and store it upright in a cupboard. Believe me, when you only have a small kitchen and a lot of gadgets, this is essential!
Another nifty feature of the Breville 3 Slice DuraCeramic Sandwich Press is that you can set the lid to different heights, depending on the thickness of your toastie. I found setting the lid to 1 was perfect for these Feta, Roasted Pepper and Harissa Toasted Flatbreads, but if you were toasting something much thicker, say a baguette, then number 3 would be perfect!
A couple of quick tips – when you are spreading your filling on the flatbreads, leave a good 1cm border round the edge. When your toastie goes in the sandwich press, the pressing action will squeeze the filling out to the edges. If you don’t leave a border, you will lose a lot of the filling out of the sides! (Though don’t worry if you do, as it is very easy to clean.) And when you place your toastie on the sandwich press, make sure you put it towards the back, as it will slide forwards slightly when you press the lid down.
Finally, If you are having trouble finding flatbreads in the supermarket, use pittas or sandwich thins instead – it will taste just as good!
- 2 teaspoons harissa
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 roasted red pepper (from a jar), well drained
- 2 flatbreads
- 1 tablespoon hummus
- 30g feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon coriander leaves
- Salad to serve (optional)
- First plug in your Breville Sandwich Press and set the heat to medium high (the 3rd level). Leave the lid closed.
- Next mix the harissa and lemon juice together in a bowl and place in your red pepper, turn to coat evenly.
- Take one flatbread and spread thickly with hummus, leaving a 1cm border all the way round (this is to avoid the filling leaking out when the sandwich is pressed).
- Place the harissa coated red pepper on the hummus, sprinkle with feta and coriander and top with the other flatbread.
- Open the lid of the sandwich press and place the sandwich on the hot plate, towards the back. Set the lid to level 1 and close the press. Leave the sandwich in the press for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes carefully remove the sandwich to a board and cut in half.
- Turn the sandwich press off and allow to cool before cleaning.
- Serve your toasted flatbread sandwich just as it is, or with a green salad.
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