Hopyard Grilled Cheese
Rogue Creamery's Hopyard Cheddar has the delicious savory cheddar flavor we know and love with a mild hoppy finish. There's an immediate scent of nutmeg, then the taste of lemon, the buttery wonder of Hopyard, and a subtle hops finish. The light citrus flavor lingers in the mouth, brightening and enhancing the taste of the Hopyard. It's an upscale version of the classic grilled cheese sandwich for today's discerning diner. What might be unexpected on a grilled cheese sandwich turns out to be a taste sensation with a full mouth feel and a fine olfactory finish. Enjoy! Serves 4.
8 slices dense, boule bread
16 oz. Hopyard Cheddar
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 Meyer lemons
1 fresh nutmeg
Prepare four sandwiches by placing 1/4 inch slices of Hopyard on a slice of bread. Grate a fine lemon zest over the cheese, a scant 1/4 tsp. for each sandwich. Grate a light dusting of fresh nutmeg over the sandwiches. Top each sandwich with bread and then butter the top side of each sandwich.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat, melting 1 tbsp. butter. When pan is hot, place sandwiches in pan, butter side up.
Cook 3-4 minutes per side until gently browned and cheese melted. Serve immediately for tastiest results.
This sandwich pairs nicely with fresh tomatoes, if in season, or a salad of mixed greens with an orange vinaigrette and extra virgin olive oil. A pinot gris complements the sandwich without overwhelming the layers of flavor.
posted 2013 May