Delicata squash grilled cheese sandwich
Gourmet flavors meet in the humble grilled cheese sandwich.
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Even at eight months, the cheese has developed some of the crunchy protein crystals found in Parmigiano-Reggiano. But additional aging makes the cheese creamier, not harder and dryer. It has a waxy texture – it even smells waxy – but it isn’t crumbly like Parmigiano-Reggiano or firm enough to grate. The flavor is concentrated, with the cooked-milk sweetness of a caramel.Skip to next paragraph
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The most intriguing part here is that the cheese becomes creamier when aged, which goes against the common thought/practice that most aged cheeses are dryer. Even if you don’t try this sandwich, I would definitely try this unique cheese.
It is fall and almost Thanksgiving so I thought why not use a fall vegetable for this grilled cheese? Whole Foods had a intriguing display for the delicata squash so I decided to use it instead of the more traditional butternut squash.
Delicata squash provides “a sweet nutty flavor with a creamy smooth texture.”
After the sous chef scooped out the insides, we added brown sugar and sweet butter to enhance the flavor. The sweetness was definitely apparent when eating the final sandwich.
I like to try new breads as much as I like to try new cheeses so I was excited to find that Whole Foods had a great selection of breads available. I took a liking to the flax/quinoa bread and after trying it, I decided to purchase it.
The sous chef had been (and still is) under the weather for the past few days (make sure to tell her to get well) so tonight’s sandwich was in doubt. However, I was lucky enough to squeeze it in without working her too hard. I went simple and it actually turned out pretty well. The sandwich was good, with a sweet interior and a crunchy outside. The cheese and squash melded very well together and felt right for the season. However, I don’t see this grilled cheese sandwich being extremely memorable, hence the minus in the “A-” grade.
Shane Kearns blogs at Grilled Shane.
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