Sunday, 18 May 2008

My Favourite Cheese Sandwich

This is the ultimate Saturday afternoon snack. Well actually its a pretty good snack any time, I just always end up having it on a Saturday afternoon. This is no ordinary cheese sandwich. Its grilled cheese, and the cheese should be very strong cheddar (try Montgomery cheddar)topped with slowly cooked onions, some chopped gherkins and a little salad if you're so inclined. Amazing.

It all about the onions and gherkins, so don't be tempted to miss them out, believe me, it all works. This sandwich also benefits hugely from good quality bread. When I used to sell bread for the Born and Bread Bakery at Clapham Farmers' Market, I would come home and make this with their amazing sundried tomato sourdough. Mmmm

Serves 1
2 slices of sourdough
enough cheddar to cover one side, about 50g
1 onion, halved and cut into rings
3-4 gherkins, chopped
1 tomato cut into slices
handful salad leaves
olive oil

Cook the onions, drizzled in a little oil very slowly for about 15mins until they're completely soft. Meanwhile toast the bread under the grill on one side, turn them over and toast the other side lightly, then top one slice with the cheese and the other with a couple of slices of tomato, a drizzle of olive oil and some pepper. Grill until the cheese in molten and bubbling. Top with the salad leaves, onions and chopped gherkins. Enjoy.

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