🇬🇧 Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

toasted-cheese-sandwich-kappacasein-borough-market-02-700x700Borough Market sits in the heart of central London, in the shadow of the famous London Bridge, and is a playground for amazing food and drink.  There are food and specialty stands as far as you can see.  We love to spend Saturday afternoons there with friends and colleagues, eating and drinking our way through some of our favorites spots. One place, above all, that is a mandatory stop is at one of the main entrance streets to the market: A sandwich and raclette shop called Kappacasein.  Their grilled cheese may be the finest in all of London, if not the world.  The amazing local Montgomery Cheddar mixed with other cheeses, garlics and a variety of options makes this a must-have every time in London 🇬🇧 🧀 🐄 .

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This was taken just before we started to make the cheese mix for over fifty toasted sandwiches.  Don’t knock your budget with super high-end cheeses.  For larger events I will go to Costco and get a brick of their Cabot extra sharp cheddar and get baking Gruyere cheese which is half the cost of the freshly cut in the gourmet cheese section.

Serves:  Make 4-6 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of  shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese.  They use Montgomery Cheddar as the main cheese.  Whole Foods has started to carry this cheddar from Neal’s Yard Dairy, which is also located in Borough Market.  But it can be pricey so Cabot extra sharp at Costco is a much better deal.
  • 2 ounces of shredded Comte cheese
  • 2 ounces of shredded Ogleshield cheese
    • 🇺🇸 OK, for those in the US, replace the Comte and Ogleshield cheese with 4 ounces of shredded Gruyere cheese.  I actually like it better.
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped leeks, white part
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped white onion
  • 1 clove of crushed then chopped garlic
  • 8 slices of Poilane sourdough bread, or any sourdough from a proper bakery
  • Butter at room temperature

The Tools

  • Panini press or pan
  • Food processor or grater for cheeses
  • Parchment paper to wrap and serve

Making it

  • Chop, shred and slice the ingredients above
  • Gently mix above ingredients (except the bread)
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The prepare in advance at Borough Market as it is the most popular item in the entire outdoor shopping market.

Time to Cook

  • Turn the press on medium heat or medium heat for the pan
  • Lightly butter the bread and stack the cheese between two slices like above, just the way they do it at Kappacasein, although they do not butter, since their presses are seasoned and oiled from all the sandwiches they make
  • Cook until golden brown and the cheese has melted
  • Wrap the lower end of the sandwich in parchment paper and serve
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The toasted cheese is intended to be a tasty, not necessarily a pretty, sandwich. This one we made down in South Carolina, bringing a little UK to the US.

 

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