For a delicious sandwich with a combination of sweet pears and a good bite of cheddar, we think this recipe is hard to beat.
Grilled Aged Cheddar, Pear and Cumin Seed Sandwich
Recipe created by Marlena Spieler. Marlena Spieler is an international food writer and broadcaster, with more than 50 cookbook titles to her credit.
2 slices oatmeal or similar light, white bread
2 ounces of aged cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/2 ripe but firm pear, unpeeled and thinly sliced
Pinch of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon butter or as needed, at room temperature
Lay the bread on a working surface. Top with about half the sliced cheese, then a layer of pear, then the rest of the cheese and a sprinkling of cumin seeds. Top with second piece of bread and press to keep sandwich anchored together. Heat a nonstick frying pan or grilled cheese sandwich maker until hot. Spread half the butter onto the top of the sandwich, then turn over and spread second side. Alternatively, melt the butter in the pan. Add sandwich and cook over medium heat, then turn heat to low. If desired, top sandwich with a heavy lid or other object to flatten and press sandwich as it browns. You want the bread crisp and the cheese melted, and pressing helps this. Or simply press with a spatula from the beginning of its cooking time. If sandwich threatens to burn, turn heat down to very low. If sandwich seems too dry on the outside, add a little more butter. When outside is golden and crisp and cheese is melted, remove, cut into pieces, and enjoy!
Makes one sandwich