Total: 35 mins
Active: 15 mins
Makes: 1 sandwich
In keeping with the pleasant mustiness of Taleggio cheese, we paired it with grapes bathed in grappa. Delicious for lunch, this sandwich would be equally good cut into rectangles as a quick hors d?oeuvre.
What to buy: Grappa is a distilled grape liqueur from Italy; it can be found in high-end liquor stores and online. We liked the floral notes of Inga Grappa di Moscato, which doubles as a nice after-dinner drink.
Taleggio is a washed-rind, semisoft cheese from Italy?s Lombardy region.
- 1/3 cup halved red grapes
- 1 tablespoon grappa
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 2 (1/2-inch-thick, 4-by-5-inch-long) slices honey whole wheat bread
- 2 ounces thinly sliced Taleggio cheese
- Combine grapes and grappa in a bowl and let macerate about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain off excess grappa.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, spread butter on 1 side of each slice of bread.
- Once the pan is warm, add 1 slice of bread buttered side down, then top with 1/2 of the cheese, all the grapes, and finally the remaining cheese. Close sandwich with second bread slice, buttered side up.
- Cook until bread is toasted and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side.