A grilled cheese sandwich made with truffle cheese tastes best on white bread, whether it be a sliced loaf, country loaf or baguette. If you want to make this sandwich even more flavorful, try layering prosciutto or ham on the sandwich with the cheese.
What Are Truffles?Truffles are a relatively rare, high-priced fungus, although it's more appetizing to call them a mushroom. Truffles grow underground near the roots of trees and are often sniffed out by trained dogs or pigs. The high price of truffles is due partially to the fact that gathering them is time consuming and they have to be handled with great care. Also, truffles can demand a high price because there really is nothing else that compares to their incredibly aromatic, uniquely pungent and sweet, earthy flavor.
There are many varieties of truffles but mostly you'll come across two types in stores and restaurants, those that are called simply black truffles or white truffles. Black truffles are more expensive and have a more intense aroma and flavor. White truffles tend to be more subtle.
Tips for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Keep the heat low so the bread becomes brown and crispy but doesn't burn before the cheese melts
- Pressing down on the sandwich as it cooks helps the bread brown
- Adding a lid to the skillet for a few minutes at the end can help the cheese melt
- The bread slices shouldn't be much more than 1/2" thick
- Don't be stingy with the amount of butter or olive oil used to coat the bread
- Grated cheese melts faster than cheese slices
Yield: At least 4 sandwiches
- 1/2 pound truffle cheese, sliced thinly or grated
- slices of bread
- butter to coat the bread
Set out two slices of bread. Generously butter one side of each slice then flip the bread over so it is laying buttered side down. Add desired amount of truffle cheese to one slice.
Place the second slice of bread on top (buttered side up) to make a sandwich. Repeat until you've made your desired amount of sandwiches - there should be enough cheese to make at least 4 sandwiches.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwich to the pan and cook 3-5 minutes until the side touching the pan is nicely browned. Flip the sandwich and turn the heat down to medium low. Continue to cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is nicely toasted. If necessary, you can add a lid to the pan to help the cheese melt.
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