boy-girl-toas-tite-bite1This is a boy-meets-girl story.  Boy meets Girl.  Boy and Girl fall in love.  One day, Boy tells Girl, “Put Toas-Tites on the to-do list.”  Girl says, “Toast tights?”  Boy says, “Yeah, Toas-Tites.  I’ll explain later.”  Girl puts “Toast tights” on to-do list.

A week or two later, Boy introduces Girl to Toas-Tites.  Boy had been eating Toas-Tites since he was squishy.  Girl had never even heard of them.  But she loved them instantly.  And really…what’s not to love?  They’re toasty.  They’re tighty.  And hot damn, if that’s not the best grilled cheese she’d ever had.

And then came all the crazy ideas for different types of Toas-Tites – roast beef and sauerkraut, Nutella and strawberries. The world was their oyster.  Finally, toastiterecipes.com was born.  Partly a way to track the successful (and less successful) recipes, partly a way to share the Toas-Tite love with the world.  But it’s all just for fun.  Because Toas-Tites are awesome.

About Boy

How did you first get introduced to the Toas-Tite?

I grew up with Toas-Tites in my house.  When I was a tiny squishy person (i.e a child), my parents made me Toas-Tites.  They were a rare treat. Well, maybe not rare.  We would always have tuna melt Toas-Tites and a bowl of tomato soup after a long family-filled fun day at the beach.  My dad would make them for all of us and it was a delicious treat.  Before my personal history with Toas-Tites began, my grandmother made my dad and my aunt Toas-Tites and that’s where it all began in my family.

Do you have a favorite Toas-Tite in your collection?

I would have to say there are two that I have that are my favorite.  The first one would have to be the original Toas-Tite that I used when I was squishy.  And then the other one would have to be the immaculate one that Girl found that shall never be touched.  I forsee it being mounted on the wall behind glass one day.

What keeps you making Toas-Tites?  (i.e. What’s your favorite thing about them?)

There are so many delicious recipes out there, and they’re even better when they’re in Toas-Tite form.

If you were on a desert island and could only eat one kind of Toas-Tite for the rest of time, what kind would it be?

I can only pick one?  Alright.  It would have to be a tuna melt.  I keep going between tuna melt and grilled cheese.  Actually, grilled cheese.

If you were to give one tip to a first time Toas-Tite user, what would it be?

If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.

About Girl

How did you first get introduced to the Toas-Tite?

Well…the short answer is Boy.  Yes indeed, that was a magical day when he brought Toas-Tites into my life.  He brought out the clamshell metal contraption and made a delicious tuna melt Toas-Tite.  It was love at first bite.  Ever since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about new Toas-Tite recipes to try…and I haven’t been able to stop buying new Toas-Tites on eBay…

Do you have a favorite Toas-Tite in your collection?

Boy already mentioned the pristine Toas-Tite.  It was the second one I bought off eBay.  And in a lot of ways, it will always have my heart.  It’s so clean and perfect and never-been-used.  But then there’s the one with long cream-colored handles that’s a “deluxe edition” Toas-Tite.  That one is pretty darn spiffy too.

What keeps you making Toas-Tites?  (i.e. What’s your favorite thing about them?)

They’re just so tasty.  So so tasty.  You can’t go wrong with buttery toasted bread filled with deliciousness.

If you were on a desert island and could only eat one kind of Toas-Tite for the rest of time, what kind would it be?

Yeah, I don’t know why I made up this question.  It’s too hard!  Maybe a Caprese Toas-Tite?

If you were to give one tip to a first time Toas-Tite user, what would it be?

One slice vertical, one horizontal.  Otherwise you’ll end up with a Toas-Tite gusher.  Tasty?  Yes.  Pretty?  Not so much.

Contact Boy and Girl

Have a question?  Want to share your favorite Toas-Tite recipe?  Or maybe your favorite Toas-Tite memory?  Contact Boy and Girl at boyandgirl@toastiterecipes.com.

30 Comments on “About”

  1. The Incredibles
    July 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    Don’t forget to try cooking eggs in your Toas-tite… 🙂 It’s not just for sammies.

    • Boy
      July 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

      We could never forget egg toas-tites! Girl and I will be adding a few new Toas-Tite recipes soon, and one of them will include a couple of breakfast Toas-Tites.
      Girl and I are going to try a few traditional breakfast recipes, as well as a few experimental ones. We don’t want to ruin the surprise just yet but we’ll have them up really soon. If you or anyone would like to submit a Toas-tite Recipe of your own send them in to boyandgirl@toastiterecipes.com and we’d love to add some guest recipes on the site!!!

  2. Rastas000
    August 15, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    G’day from Down Under,

    I collect, what we call, Jaffle Irons. As part of my collection I have both a Toas-tite and a Toas-tite Tid-Bit sandwich maker..

    All in all I have about 50 different sandwich makers and a couple of waffle irons (coz they came to me as jaffle irons).

    There are some pictures of the early part of the collection here: http://picasaweb.google.com.au/rastas000/JaffleIronsEtc#

    I have found the information here really wonderful..

    My favourite fill for my jaffles is leftovers of “Curry and rice” the day after… Curry and chilli always taste better the day after…

    and my favourite sandwich is:
    I took some inspiration from a meal the other night…

    Take some cooked chicken/turkey meat (I used breast)
    Slice and layer down on bread..

    Spread cranberry jelly/sauce over the meat

    Layer sliced Camembert over the top…

    Another thin layer of cranberry to stop the cheese soaking into the bread and “soggifying” it..


    • Girl
      August 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

      WOW! Your collection is amazing. I can’t believe you have a Tid Bit! How do you like it? Where have you gotten all of your jaffle irons? Who makes them all? I have so many questions! 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words about Toas-Tite Recipes. Boy and I have been a little truant on adding recipes but we have a bunch to come plus some fun stories we’ve heard from other folks who visited the site.

      And I can’t wait to try out your favorites. They sound delicious.

      • Rastas000
        August 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

        My collection started on the basis of remembering what we called “Toastie- Toasters”, a brand name of the particular sandwich iron we had. A very similar story that Toast-tite users have.

        I figured there could 0only be a dozen or so different ones in Australia, but I was wrong. E-bay has been a good source of irons, and many at the right price, and I cannot help but wander through second hand stores to keep an eye out.

        There are many brands of jaffle irons, and quite a few have been made in Australia, however, I have expanded to the overseas manufactured ones as well.

        I love outdoor cooking, particularly what we call “Camp Oven Cooking” or dutch oven cooking, so the jaffle irons are a good addition to this.

        I have even used jaffle irons to cook hamburger patties, roast whole knobs of garlic, split them apart and uses as small fry pans, made omelettes in them, and a whole host of things..

        Beware of what you start when you leave the bread off and make stuff with pastry or pita bread/unleaven breads.

        You can do a really mean Calzone sort of enclosed pizza too…

        Let you pie iron be your vehicle for a journey into strange but tasty morsels cooked outdoors (or on the gas hob)


      • Rastas000
        August 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

        Oh, I forgot to post this link..


        Here is the original Toastie Toaster from my family, with the wooden handle. Sadly I dropped it and broke the hinge a couple of months ago… I am looking for another, and it will turn up..

  3. katie ie Diz
    September 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    My new roommate and I made a peanut butter and preserves toas-tite. It was Awesome!!!!

    • Boy
      October 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

      Way to go Dizzle!!!!! The basic Toas-Tites are my favorite. If you and Andrew send us some recipes of your own we’d love to feature them! Hope you’re well, see you soon!!!

  4. Barbara Finnegan
    November 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Just this morning my mother returned my toas-tite maker.
    I have two and she borrowed one to show a friend, because my brother has hers. One belonged to my grandmother I use it at least once a week. My grandson (fifth generation toas-titer) just introducted his girlfriend to toas-tite cheese sandwiches, me I made mushroom-cheese pies and apple pr cherry pies as requested. There is nothing stopping you but your imagination. I’m soon to be 59 yo and still using that old thing.
    have fun everyone

  5. Zack
    January 2, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Hey there…

    My dad brought me up with a toas-tite (it’s so use I thought it read Toas-tito)
    Since it’s time for me to move out I decided to start to look for one of my own…

    My favorite pudgie pie (as we call it) is to cook a cut up hot dog with ketchup and a little relish…try it!

  6. rebecca lumsden
    January 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I just bought a toas-tie from a thrift store today. I didn’t know what it was. But I saw the Boy Scout Emblem and then on the back it said it was a sandwich maker. So I decided to google it online to find out more about it and get some recipes. Thanks for all the information. Oh…I paid $1.50 for it.

    • Girl
      January 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Wow! That is a real find! The Boy Scout Toas-Tites are a bit harder to find than the regular kind. We paid something like $65 for ours on eBay so hold on to it! And for those of you out there looking, keep Rebecca’s story in mind! They’re out there so keep looking – you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for one. 🙂

  7. Hugh Boyle
    February 21, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Great site, thanks for all the wonderful info. My brother in-law lives in Toronto and inherited a toas-tite “patent pending” and it’s the best grilled cheese maker ever. I’m interested in more information about who holds the patent etc… and, I need to find one of my own!
    Kemptville, ON, Canada

  8. Marilyn
    March 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    In my house, growing up, we used to call it the “flying saucer” (maker). I’m not sure why. I am the youngest of 8 children, and at some point I inherited our “flying saucer.”

    I was out to dinner with 4 of my siblings the other night, and my brother wanted to know where it wound up. I told him I had it, and he asked if I ever used it. I have, but not in a REALLY long time. I think I haven’t used it as much because I didn’t feel I had the right “stove top” for it. Growing up, we had a stove with the electric coils, which were always so nice and easy to burn the corner of your bread on. The stove I have now isn’t quite the same.

    So, last night I pulled out my Toas-Tite (like the commenter above, it is so worn, that I thought it was “Toas-Tito”), and cooked up a cheddar cheese and bacon sandwich. It was incredibly good!

    I’ve never made anything but cheese sandwiches in it. Mozzarella was a very popular choice in our house.

    Now, after looking at the “flying saucer,” I noticed the name was actually “Toas-Tito”, did a quick google search and found your page of RECIPES! AMAZING! I’m a creative girl, but I just never thought of using it except for cheese sandwiches. I am now VERY excited to be a little more creative with it.

    By the way, at dinner, we had a debate on whether or not we should butter the bread or use non-stick spray. I did use non-stick spray the other night, and it came out really good. I guess it’s just a preference. I plan on experimenting some more!

    • Boy
      March 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      It really is a great little invention, and thank you so much for the wonderful comment. We get so excited when we hear that another family has had so much fun with their Toas-Tites as we have. When I was growing up I pretty much thought of our flying saucer as a tuna melt maker until I realized we could try other things.

      If you have any suggestions for any recipes we are always looking to try something new! Thank you so much for telling us your story, and enjoy your flying saucer!

  9. June 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Hey Boy and Girl, I came across your site when I was writing my blog on my Toas-Tite and I fell in love with it. Your site is fun, just like the Toas-Tite. I love the recipes you have listed and will definitely be trying some of them if not all of them. It’s amazing how much fun one can have with these little gadgets! You can read the story about my family’s T-T at my website (MJ’s Kitchen). Thanks for this site. I will be back A LOT!

    • Girl
      August 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      Thanks so much for the kind words, MJ! Your website is fantastic. I love the photos and especially hearing another great Toas-Tite story!

  10. July 23, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Love the Toas-Tite (Actually, I have a Nutbrown from England) and looking forward to more recipes and ideas!

    • Girl
      August 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Barbara! We have a Nutbrown too. We’d love to hear about your favorite recipes!

  11. Carolyn
    August 11, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I’m so glad I found this blog! I grew up with these sandwiches, only my family called them fathias. The clamshell griddle was a fathia maker. My grandmother swore it was a Syrian thing from her childhood, but I’ve never been able to find anything about them under that name.

    • Girl
      August 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Carolyn! That’s so neat. What kind of sandwiches did your grandmother make?

  12. Lois Gilman
    August 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Please email me when there is a new post! Our old Toas-Tite just broke.

    • Girl
      October 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      We’ll definitely email you, Lois! Check out our “How To Buy” page if you’re in the market for another Toas-Tite. We’ll actually be updating it shortly along with a dedicated post about a new place you can find Toas-Tites so keep an eye out for that. Thanks for your comment!

  13. Jenine
    June 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I have really enjoyed your story and all the responses you have received. Toas-Tites are one of my favorite camping memories. That was the only time my parents used the little contraption, so it was especially wonderful. My friends are “attempting” a local camping trip and I am helping with some of the supplies they need. I insisted they use my Toas-Tite and came upon your site when I was looking for recipes. It was a nice highlight for my day – thank you. Love the pics too.
    Cali-Camping Girl lifing in Austin

  14. Noelene
    November 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Hi, I love your blog and the pictures of your toastie makers -you have such an incredible collection. I have only just started collecting after wondering what happened to the two we had when I was a child – obviously gone long ago. Several of the toastie makers I have seen here in New Zealand do not have any maker’s name on them. Is that the same in the USA or do most ot the ones you see have their maker’s name on them?
    Anyway, you probably know that there is a book written by a New Zealander called Astral Sligo on toastie recipes – called Kiwi Toasties. i have just ordered it on-line and am looking forward to receiving it.
    Thanks again for all the information.
    Regards, Noelene

    • Girl
      December 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      Hi Noelene! Thanks for the comment. Most of the toastie makers I’ve seen in the US generally seem to have manufacturer names on them but the ones from England and France I’ve seen don’t seem to as much. Definitely good to know that the ones you’re finding in New Zealand don’t seem to have logos or names on them.

      I didn’t actually know about Kiwi Toasties! I’m going to check it out right now. 🙂 Thank you again for writing and if you have any favorite recipes you’d like to share, let us know!

  15. Noelene
    December 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Hi, It was great to hear from you, thanks for writing and it was interesting to hear that English and French toastie makers aren’t named so often as those from the USA . Since last I wrote I have added a few named toastie makers from the USA and some un-named ones from New Zealand and a named one ffrom Australia. Toastie makers which cook 2 or 3 at the same time seem to have been popular here and come up at auction quite regularly. A toastie maker I missed out on here was unused and in its bag and with its booklet which from the page I could see was identical (the same picture and wording) to the Toas-Tite booklet which I downloaded from your site but was called the Toast-Rite.I chased the auction up to $124 but decided it was silly to bid any further. I ordered the Kiwi Toastie book but haven’t yet received it but hope it will be here any day but I have bought at auction two interesting recipe books put out by Breville (Australian) who make electric toastie makers. So far my favourite toasties are my old favourites made with tasty cheese or with baked beans – not very exotic I’m afraid but very satisfying.
    Thanks again for your reply. Regards, Noelene

    • Boy
      December 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

      Hi Noelene,

      Glad to hear your collection is growing at an impressive rate! We thought the Toast-Rite was quite comical since we’ve never heard of that particular brand. We’d love to see any pictures you could send us of your Australian/New Zealand sandwich makers since we love seeing any and all kinds that exist! To be fair, some of our favorite recipes are the ones that are the simplest. Hope you’re well!


  16. Barbara Finnegan
    September 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Hey it’s Barbara Finnegan again Last time I commented was Nov. 18th 2010. Glad to see you are still here and the stories continue to intertain and bring back memories. Marilyn is correct my youngest brother called the sandwiches “flying saucers” my grandson did when he was little. this year he introduced his girlfriend she is always ready for the gooey cheesey treat, and just two hours ago I made peach turnovers for a friend of my grandson’s YUM Keep up the good work

  17. January 20, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    We feel about pudgie pies the way you feel about toas-tites! We even wrote a cookbook devoted to the fine art of pudgery. Wondering where you guys are located that you use the term “toas-tite.” Here in Wisconsin it is mostly known as the pudgie pie. We’re trying to compile a map of the various terms for this campfire delicacy. Any info you can add would be greatly appreciated!

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