An Aussie institution has fallen! I have so many fond memories of family lunches at Sizzler, gorging on crispy potato skins, slabs of that famous cheese toast and DIY soft-serve sundaes with all the toppings.
After decades of the all-you-can-eat Sizzler salad buffet, this restaurant chain will close its final remaining outlets on 15 November. The writing has been on the wall for a while now as Sizzler stores have been shutting for the past few years. The final nail must have been the rise of coronavirus – buffets are pretty much outlawed in our new COVID-safe reality.
The Demise of Sizzler
In its hey-day, there were 28 Sizzler restaurants scattered throughout the country. But as peoples’ dining preferences shifted towards more sophisticated spots, Sizzler’s popularity declined. Sizzler’s holding company, Queensland-based Collins Foods, also has the Aussie rights to Taco Bell, as well as being the largest franchisee of KFC. In 2017, the company converted Australia’s first Sizzler in Annerley, Brisbane to a Taco Bell.
The Cheese Toast Legacy
But before Sizzler leaves, it has given Aussies one final farewell gift – the secret to their famous Cheese Toast.
Over the years, there have been many copycat cheese toast recipes floating around the ‘net. We even have a cheese toast recipe on Mouths of Mums.
According to Sizzler’s Cheese Toast website, the restaurant has served over 225 million slices of Cheese Toast since 1985 and each year, the chain uses over 10 tonnes of fresh Pecorino cheese to make Cheese Toast.
Cheese Toast Recipe
Sizzler’s Don Crilly revealed the secret ingredients to 7NEWS:
“It’s two simple ingredients – margarine and pecorino cheese,” he said.
Thick sliced white bread
1. Combine equal amounts of margarine with pecorino cheese and mix to create a paste.
2. Take a thick slice of fresh white bread and spread it one one side with the delicious mix of Pecorino cheese and margarine.
3. In the restaurant, the bread is toasted on a flat grill until it’s cheesy on one side and soft and chewy on the other. But at home, you can cook it in a frying pan on a low to medium heat for about 60 seconds until it’s golden brown.
Farewell Sizzler. We’ll miss you!
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