OPEN-FACED GRILLED CHEESE WITH HONEY

OPEN-FACED GRILLED CHEESE WITH HONEY

Open-faced Grilled Cheese with Honey

I wouldn’t call this a recipe – just another way of making a really delicious grilled cheese. I’m always looking to cut corners on calories, and removing one piece of bread makes me feel like it’s ok to have a grilled cheese. But I like every snack, sandwich, dessert and meal to feel a little special. (Another dieting trick – if you feel satisfied by what you’re eating, it’s easier to stick to a diet.) For example, have you ever tried mixing a couple of tablespoons of Cool Whip with some plain yogurt and a squeeze of chocolate syrup? It’s not exactly cherries jubilee, but it’s a low-cal way to feel like you’ve gotten a satisfying treat without ruining the hard work of dieting that you’ve already done.

But to get back to this sandwich – use a good bread (it doesn’t have to be fresh because it’s grilled), a good Gruyere or Taleggio cheese, and a little honey to drizzle on top. That’s it. Put it under the broiler for a couple of minutes and then add whatever you like for flavor – lavender, thyme, even basil and tomato if you leave off the honey – and you’ll have the best knife-and-fork grilled cheese you ever ate!

Open-faced Grilled Cheese with Honey
Serves: 1
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large piece of bread, sourdough or any artisanal bread is great
  • Butter, softened for spreading on bread
  • Several healthy slices of gruyere or taleggio cheese
  • Honey for drizzling on sandwich
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper
  • Thyme, lavender buds or tomato and basil as garnish

Directions

  1. Butter both sides of the bread and place in a medium-heat frying pan.
  2. Brown the bread on both sides and remove from heat. Preheat broiler to 450 degrees.
  3. Transfer bread to a baking sheet and cover bread with cheese.
  4. Slip into broiler for 2 minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown. (You can also do this on a grill – even better!)
  5. Remove sandwich from heat and drizzle with honey. Add lavender or thyme. (Leave off the honey if you want a basil/tomato grilled cheese)
  6. Eat immediately.

Open-faced Grilled Cheese with Honey

Open-faced Grilled Cheese with Honey

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