Habenaro Cheese Grilled Cheese

As gripping as its inspiration, this grilled cheese is one to captivate and excite -- best eaten quickly or shared with others.

A Vegetarian & Cooking! original.

-2 slices Italian bread
-2 ounces habanero+tequila cheddar (or an assertive, hot cheese)
-1 tablespoon salt
-1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Stir the salt and lime juice plus some zest if you have any, then spread thinly onto a foil-lined pan and bake at 250 for about ten minutes in the toaster oven. Break apart any lumps in the salt and set aside.

Cut the cheese and arrange a slice of bread; brush lightly with lime juice and sprinkle conservatively with the prepared salt. Cheese is salty so we don't want to overdo it, but we're turning up intensity with this sandwich. Place the other slice of bread on top.

Toast both sides of the sandwich in a little butter or cooking spray in a frying pan on the stovetop over medium heat. If the bread colors too quickly adjust the heat so that the cheese inside gets to melt without the bread burning.

Serve with a glass of water; the assertiveness of this sandwich is awakening and very compelling. I ate it very quickly and loved the intense flavors.


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