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Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This very impressive sandwich stars Gruyere cheese paired with sour cream, mustard and kirsch. Kirsch is German for "cherry water" and is a clear fruit brandy. It is traditionally made from double-distillation of morello cherries. It is not sweet like a cherry liqueur, but has a refined taste with subtle flavors of cherry and a slight bitter almond taste that is derived from the stone. It compliments the Gruyere which is made from cows milk and is sweet but slightly salty as well as creamy and nutty.

1 cup finely grated Gruyere plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling the sandwiches
2 tablespoons sour cream
3/4 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
3/4 teaspoon kirsch
8 slices of homemade-type white bread
4 thin slices cooked ham
1/2 stick butter, softened

In a bowl stir together 1 cup of the Gruyere, the sour cream, the mustard, and the kirsch and spread 1 tablespoon of the mixture evenly over each bread slice. Arrange the ham on 4 of the bread slices and top with the remaining bread slices, spread side down. Remove the crusts with a sharp knife and spread the tops of the sandwiches lightly with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Invert the sandwiches into a large skillet, spread the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, and grill the sandwiches over medium-high heat, turning once, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and broil about 4 inches from heat for 2 to 3 minutes until cheese is nicely melted.
Serves 4

"I never met a cheese I didn't like."~Adele Forbes

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