Makes 4 small sandwiches
"Cheater became not only a keeper but also a new favorite in my household because of this serving suggestion," Lucero writes. "If you love a good grilled cheese sandwich, you will love these sammies; they are every bit as familiar and comforting to snack on or to have alongside some tomato soup. These chewy morsels are crusty and addictive right out of the frying pan but all the sandwich fixings make them a proper meal."
1/4 batch of Smoky Cheater
2 to 4 tablespoons butter or ghee
4 to 6 crisp lettuce leaves and thinly sliced pickles, to taste
Crispy bacon strips, cucumbers, and other vegetables (optional)
Slice the Smoky Cheater into eight to 12 pieces the size of mini toasts (about 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches). Melt a teaspoon of butter or ghee onto a hot cast-iron skillet. Fry the cheese slices on medium-high heat until they get toasty brown on both sides. Try flattening them with a spatula to make them ooze a little (like haloumi or paneer, they will not melt but they will get tender and chewy). Pat them with a paper towel if necessary, then stack the toasty sammies with pickles and lettuce leaves, and repeat—as high as you can go.
Slices of bacon don’t hurt this combination one bit. Cucumbers are great, but pickled beets, green beans, and even asparagus are tasty, too.
Recipes reprinted with permission from One Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chevre, Paneer — Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less!
Copyright 2014 by Claudia Lucera, published by Workman Publishing.