Obsession: Toas-Tite Sandwich Maker
Everyone knows grilled cheese sandwiches taste better when the edges are sealed like a pie (just ask the Australians about “jaffies”). But no one wants a space-hogging electric gadget destined to break. Enter the Toas-Tite sandwich maker, a refreshingly low-tech way to make round, pudgy, portable hot pockets of toasty goodness with whatever heat source you have handy – from a fireplace or campfire to an electric or gas burner. Wildly popular in the 1950s, vintage versions are common on Ebay, where they sell for anywhere from $12 to $100. But the irons are clearly making a comeback, with a line of brand-new replicas that launched in September (toastite.biz). We recently picked up a vintage version for $15 and can’t stop making cheesy-egg breakfast sandwiches. Nutella-filled treats and tuna melts. It even makes plain-old PB&Js taste better. For more recipe inspiration check out toastiterecipes.com, where a young California couple use their extensive collection of Toas-Tites with everything from toaster waffles to phyllo dough.
— Danielle Centoni
Photograph by Motoya Nakamura