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The New Zealand Toastie Takeover is back and more delicious than ever

There are two words guaranteed to send our hearts a-fluttering and our mouths watering: Toasted. Sandwich. Moreish, comforting and often a tad gluttonous, the hot savoury treat is beloved by many, and lucky for all of us a country-wide event revolving around the breaded delicacy is back.

Now in its third year, The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover presented by Cook & Nelson and McClure’s Pickles sees more than 80 eateries around Aotearoa put their own unique spin on the humble favourite in a bid to be crowned the ultimate toastie champion.

From Whangarei to Dunedin, every toastie that takes part in the takeover must feature one of the many pickles from the McClure’s range, plus cheese (obviously) but the rest of the ingredients are up to each individual eatery.

They’ll be judged by a panel of experts over the course of this month, and the public can also get involved by sharing their toasted sandwich creation using the hashtag #toastietakeover, going into the draw to win a year’s supply of McClure’s pickles.

With entries from the likes of Burger Burger, Fix & Fogg and Hero Sandwich House, here are a few of the sando’s that are catching our beady eyes.

The Squishy Combo – Burger Burger
Available at the Newmarket branch only, this beauty from Burger Burger includes a buttermilk bun, a grass-fed beef patty, McClure’s Pickles, double-aged cheddar, secret mat sauce served with shoestring fries & Pickle mayo.

Double Cheeseburger Hoagie – Good Dog Bad Dog
Double the fun with double smashed patties, American cheese, McClure’s Pickles, onions, special BBQ sauce on a buttered up toasted bun.

Waffled B.M.P – Akarana Eatery
Home made dipping gravy and waffle-toasted bread take this entry to the next level, not to mention the filling, comprising braised beef cheek, cheese curd and McClure’s Pickles.

The Goud-a Boy – Burger Boy
More is more in the case of this mouth-watering toastie, featuring pastrami, pepperoni, smoked gouda, McClure’s Bread & Butter Pickles, red onion, tomato, baby spinach, truffle mayo and southwest mustard on white toast.

Stay Toastie – Fix & Fogg Eva St Window
If you haven’t tried the incredible combination of Fix & Fogg’s spicy smoke and fire peanut butter with McClure’s Sweet & Spicy Pickles, now’s your chance. Cheese, rocket and an extra spicy kick complete this dream of a sandwich.


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