A grilled cheese sandwich is a popular dish that is served at lunchtime. It consists of a slice of bread with some cheese, usually a mild white cheese such as cheddar, and mayonnaise or mustard. The bread has been sliced into thin strips and placed on the griddle. The slices are then slowly heated to melt the cheese and allow the bread to crisp up. The process usually takes around 5 minutes but can take up to 10 minutes depending on how hot the griddle is set.
The grilled cheese with farinata sandwich has become so popular that it has been given its own name for use in advertising: “The Grilled Cheese Sandwich”. However, this does not mean that there isn’t any other variation of it – there are other variations such as pizza-style grilled cheeses
A somewhat unsuccessful grilled cheese.
So grilled cheese is pretty much my go-to meal. I am completely obsessed with them, and I don’t think I have ever had one I haven’t liked. It runs in the family. I have a cousin in Texas who has a grilled cheese bar at the back of his ‘Museum of Electronic Wonders.’ Pretty cool, eh? He and his better half also started the Food Shark, a food truck that the whole town of Marfa has embraced.
Well, this recipe looked so good when I first saw it, and with the chickpea flour, it seemed extra special. Well, it came out tasting great but doesn’t look the best. The farniata totally stuck to my skillet and cracked.
Plus, it probably didn’t help that when making the batter, it was really thick and couldn’t spread out evenly. I was just kinda confused about how it should turn out because I have never even heard of farinata before.
So I’ll definitely have to do a retry of this recipe soon could get one that actually looks good! Oh, and the sage! I thought it might be too strong of a flavor, might overpower it. That is not the case at all! It complements the cheese so well. This recipe turns the all-time classic into a lovely summer grown-up lunch.
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Grilled Cheese With Farinata
- 1 cup (92g) chickpea flour
- 3/4 cup (177ml) water
- 1/4 cup (59ml) olive oil
- 1/3 cup pecorino cheese grated
- 1/3 cup gouda cheese grated
- 1/3 cup goat cheese crumbled
- 1/2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp sage, chopped
- sea salt
Oven 450F. Place an 8-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven while it is preheating.
Mix flour and 2 tbsp salt. Whisk in water and olive oil, then sage. Let stand for 20 minutes. Drizzle a little olive oil in the skillet to coat.
Pour in batter and smooth with a spatula. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from skillet and cut in half.
Combine cheese and pile on top of one half. Dot with butter and cover with another side. Heat skillet over low heat with a little olive oil. Place sandwich in skillet.
Place a small skillet on top of the sandwich to weigh down the top. Cook for 7 minutes on each side. Serve warm.