This recipe is not a recent experiment, but a classic British flavour combination that predates the introduction of pre-packed sandwiches.
The grated cheese is usually a two-tone mix of Cheddar and Red Leicester, while the type of onions used varies between brands.
Cheese & Onion Sandwich Availability
The cheese & onion sandwich is a classic and all of the major supermarket chains sell their own version. The coffee house and freshly prepared sandwich shops generally do not.
It’s available from:
- The Co-operative
- Wilko (supplied by On the Go!)
- WHSmith (supplied by URBAN eat)
It’s not available from:
- Caffè Nero
- Pret A Manger
Cheese & Onion Sandwich Popularity
The cheese sandwich has been widely reported to be the UK’s favourite lunch. A survey of 2,000 office workers across the nation found that the cheese sandwich was a more popular lunch than any other type of sandwich as well as all other forms of food. Furthermore, 3 in 10 surveyed said they had eaten a cheese sandwich for lunch every day for an average of 4 and a half years.
Whether we’re talking about pre-packed sandwiches or home-made is unclear. However, the cheese & onion is the main cheese-based option in most brand ranges, so there’s no doubting this sandwich’s wide popularity. It’s a firm classic.
Price of a Cheese & Onion Sandwich
The cheese & onion is well known as one of the cheapest sandwiches on the market. This makes sense when you consider that no meat and a compact layer of filling keeps the production costs down.
The median price of a cheese & onion sandwich is £1.20. This is lower than that of most other kinds of sandwiches. Still, some brands of cheese & onion sandwich are more expensive than others, so watch you don’t get ripped off!
Cheese & Onion Sandwich Ingredients
The most prominent ingredient in a cheese & onion sandwich is grated cheese. This is usually a combination of Cheddar, the nation’s most popular cheese, and Red Leicester, a similar tasting cheese that is coloured with annatto.
Most of the cheese & onion sandwiches on the market contain a lot of cheese (and mayonnaise) but very little chopped onion. The onion is usually either yellow or red onion.
Then, of course, there’s the mayonnaise that holds together the grated cheese and chopped onion, which would otherwise fall out and create a very messy sandwich. There’s actually more mayonnaise than onion – so perhaps it should really be called a ‘cheese & mayonnaise’ sandwich.
The cheese & onion invariably comes in the form of a traditional sandwich made with sliced bread, which is usually brown.
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Nutrition of a Cheese & Onion Sandwich
When it comes to nutrition, the cheese & onion is not the healthiest sandwich out there. Cheese & onion sandwiches are high in calories and fat compared to other options, and their saturated fat content is through the roof.
It’s not all bad news though. The cheese & onion sandwich is one of the most protein-rich of the vegetarian options, and its carbohydrate, sugar, fibre and salt contents are respectable.
Cheese & Onion Sandwich Recipes
Making your own cheese & onion sandwich is easy. Just collect the cheese, onion, mayonnaise and bread and assemble.
To make it easier still, supermarkets also sell cheese & onion ‘deli fillers’. These are pots of pre-made cheese and onion in mayonnaise that you can pile and spread onto your own bread.
Cheese & Onion Sandwich Photos
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