Thursday, March 15, 2012

Baked Cheese: A Sandwich Phenomenon

Vegetarian style food that everyone will love!
Servings:  1 (simple to double)
Complexity Level:  Easy
Baked Cheese:  A Sandwich Phenomenon
What You Need:
2 Slices Cheese/ person*
Deli Mustart
Tomato Slices
Garlic Powder
Sea Salt
2 Slices Bread/ person
*Cheese that are best to bake:  Cheddar, Provolone, Pepper Jack, Colby, Parmesan, Asiago, Romano

Sometimes in life, you have to do the simple things that taste amazing.  And for me, today was one of those days.  Years ago I had a baked provolone sandwich at a local organice shop in Savannah, GA (my husband and I Lived there for 2 years.. GORGEOUS!) And let me just say:  It.... was.... amazing!

But since then, I have never made one.  I dont even know why... I Mean I loved that sandwich to so much, and yet... here I am sitting and not making.

So, let's get started!

All you need to do for this recipe, is bake sliced of cheese.  I know, you think I am absolutely crazy, because cheese melts.  Well, that is the goal!  WHen you bake the cheese, it will melt, then start to cook together.  The oils, some of the fat, cooks off and you can discard it all.  SO don't be alarmed if there is grease left behind! But after this, you are left with a sheet of cheese that hardens to a crispy, crunchy goodness. MMM MMM MMMMM!

The time to do this depends on your cheese.  Dry cheeses like romano, asiago, or parmasen, will not take as lon, unless you want them really crispy.

Cheddar, Gouda, Fontina -- these vary depending on the exact age and type, but typically take the same amount of time.

EIther way, heat your oven (or taoster oven) and place the sliced cheese on a baking sheet or even parchemnt paper.  Bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes, depending on the cheese type and desired doneness.

I know, but this was hard to photo graph!
I like a crispy baked cheese sandwich, so I baked my cheddar for about 8 minutes. 

I then folded my cheese in half and built my sandwich with all the fixings.

Truth be told, the deli mustart with the fresh tomato, along with sprouts and crispy cheese all made for one trip back to georgia in my small utah apartment.  YUM!

I hope yolu tryu this.  I know it's a weird concept.  But sometimes, the best things in life, come in the strangest ways!

Thanks for enjoying my lunch with me!


  1. how funny! I live in Savannah and was thinking of going to Brighter Day for a baked cheese sandwich, then I decided to get on Pinterest to see if anyone ever posted a recipe and there was your blog post! It's also great with avocado!

  2. I love this comment!!! Brighter Day was my favorite place - that and the coffee shop next door! Avocado is AMAZING on these -- you're right ;) Thanks for stopping by!


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