I was reading a book in bed the other night and one of the characters made toasted cheese sarnies but in browned butter! Genius. It’s super tasty, even more so than a plain toasted cheese, which is one of my favourite things to eat in the whole world except for hot chips.
So I got to it. It’s basically this:
- Find as much bread, cheddar cheese and butter as you need (or any cheese you prefer; mozzarella, those plastic cheese slices you probably had as a kid, whatever floats your boat, even a mixture is good). I prefer rustic wholemeal or sour dough bread and Nimbin cheese myself (I grew up with this cheese and rarely eat any other).
- Grate cheese then place a decent amount onto half the slices of bread; grind over sea salt and black pepper and, if you’re feeling brave, add a pinch of chilli flakes or a few shakes of Tabasco to each sandwich.
- Add a decent knob of butter into a frypan and turn hotplate to medium/high.
- Swirl pan around until butter starts to become medium brown in colour and you can detect a delicious fragrance, sort of like buttery roasted nuts. Don’t let it burn! Reduce hotplate if you need to.
- Add the slices of bread with the cheese and seasoning to the pan carefully. Place the remainder of the bread over the top to make sandwiches and press down gently.
- Turn hotplate down to medium or lower if they start browning too much.
- Continue frying the sandwiches in the browned butter until golden brown and flip over, frying the other side; the sarnies are ready when the bread is toasty brown and the cheese is melty.
- Serve straight away.