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So, yeah – it was St. Patrick’s Day – for what felt like a week. By the actual day – it seemed obscene to mention it. But it is seldom, if ever, obscene to mention melted, cheesy goodness!!
Here is what I had around – post festivities:
Leftover Irish Raisin bread
Leftover Cinnamon-Apple cheddar cheese
Orange-fig jammy spread
Awesome GMO-free, $7 a pound butter
And a powerful amount of indulgent self-pity.
No photos of the leftover cheese exist except as it sits on the bread in the pan – here:
My self-pity is very hard to photograph, though I assure you it exists. I won’t get into what prompted it but I will say that this incredible sandwich went a long way in eliminating it.
The cheese sounds odd but you only taste cheddar at first. Then – you think, “Hey! Am I tasting cinnamon?” And, as you swallow to consider that question – a delicate essence of apple haunts you. Really quite nice. But any cheddar will do.
I used this yummy orange-fig spread (usually found near the expensive cheeses) but any regular jam would do.
So – here’s whatcha do –
You slice up some bread & cut the cheese thin. Melt some butter in a frying or grill pan over medium heat & maybe spread some on the bread. Put a slice of bread & cheese in that bad boy.
Then slap some jammy goodness on the other piece of bread & put it, jam-side down, on the cheesy slice. Maybe add some butter to the top. Cover the pan to assure your cheese melts. In a minute or two – press it together with a spatula & flip it. Cook each side as long as it takes to get it to the golden-melty place you desire.
If your cheese is stubborn – a minute in a hot oven might fix that.
Slice it up, shove it your face & remember how much tastier it is than that wacky boiled meat people get into this time every year!