Toas-Tite Basics

So what exactly is a Toas-Tite?

The contraption itself is pretty much just a metal clamshell with two handles.

The sandwich, whether you call it a Toas-Tite, a pudgy pie, a mountain pie, a flying saucer, or what have you, is a round, toasted pocket of bread filled with your favorite…filling.

How do you make a Toas-Tite?

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Here are the basic Toas-Tite making instructions:

  1. Open your (cold) Toas-Tite unit.
  2. Pull out two pieces of your favorite bread.  Butter one side of each of these slices.*
  3. On one side of the Toas-Tite, place the buttered side of one bread slice facing down (so that the buttered part is against the metal half-clamshell).  One thing to note here is that most sliced bread isn’t quite big enough to cover the entire half of the clamshell.  One way to make sure your Flying Saucer gets a good seal all around the edges of the bread (and doesn’t start leaking the filling) is to place one piece of bread with the long side going horizontally.  Then after you put your filling in, you can put the other piece of bread with the long side vertically.  Okay, now back to instructions!
  4. Place your filling in the cupped center of the bread.  The most “filling” we’ve put into a Toas-Tite is probably about 1/4 cup.
  5. Place the other piece of bread on top of the filling with the buttered side facing away from the filling (this is where you’d place the other piece of bread vertically).  Sometimes you might need to shift the slice of bread on top a little bit closer to the hinge just because it shifts a little away from the hinge when you close the clamshell.
  6. Close the clamshell.  Attach the latch/hook.
  7. Place the clamshell (handles off the burner of course) onto a small burner set on medium heat (or other heating device – see How do you toast a Toas-Tite below).
  8. Toast on one side for a minute.  Flip and toast on the other side.  Carefully open the Toas-Tite to check its progress every now and then and toast/flip/toast until you’re happy!
  9. Open the Toas-Tite and carefully remove your delicious treat (you don’t have to be too delicate if the Toas-Tite isn’t stuck on the metal…you can even just flip it out onto a cutting board or plate).
  10. Let it cool off and enjoy!

* One thing also to think about is the amount of butter you use on the bread.  We tend to be somewhat generous with buttering (more than I throw on an average piece of toast) because it’s really a bummer to open your Toas-Tite to check on the progress and have one side get stuck.  If that does happen, you can carefully use a knife to loosen up the edge.  Between that and a little shaking, usually you can unstick pretty successfully.

How do you toast a Toas-Tite?  And for how long?

You can really choose your favorite means of making heat to actually toast the Toas-Tite/flying saucer.  It effectively gets toasted just by having the metal clamshell heated up.

For example, the O’Russa family makes something similar to Toas-Tites (they call them pie irons).  Their family makes and uses their pie irons with a fire pit when camping.  We have made Toas-Tites on a gas stove and on an electric stove.  Gas is a little harder to control simply because the flame doesn’t always heat evenly.

Tips when using an electric stove

When you’re using an electric stove, we’d probably recommend using a small or medium sized burner set at about medium to medium-high heat (but to be safe, closer to medium….it’s never fun to accidentally over-toast/burn a Toas-Tite).  Then after you fill your Toas-Tite and clamp the handles together, place the clamshell on top of the burner.

Depending on how toasted you like it, that will determine how long you actually leave it on the burner.  On average, our total toast time for both sides is probably about 5 to 7 minutes.  We maybe start toasting one side for about a minute, flip it over, toast it on the other side for a minute, flip again, and so on.  Every so often, it’s good to carefully open up the clamshell and check how things are looking on either side.

Should the Toas-Tite be preheated?

You probably want to avoiding preheating the Toas-Tite.  The metal does tend to get really hot (as does the entire Toas-Tite pocket/flying saucer and its yummy contents) and it’s already a little tricky making sure your bread and filling are lined up okay.  Preheating prior to adding your contents is probably pretty risky and not worth the little bit of time you’d save starting with a cold Toas-Tite.

3 Comments on “Toas-Tite Basics”

  1. Emma Adams
    August 12, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    I have a new glass top electeric stove and with the Toas-Tite set on the small burner, set just below medium, the sandwich cooks to a golden brown in about the same time as mentioned above. I also flip and check a few times for the desired toasting. I have two Toas-Tites with the patent number. My favorite is with egg, but all fruits are just as delicious. I love my Toas-Tite!

    • June 11, 2010 at 8:53 am #

      Can you tell me your egg recipe for a toast-tite sandwich? I never thought of making an egg one, but it sounds great.

    • May 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

      I’m impessred! You’ve managed the almost impossible.

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