Pesto, Camembert, and Harissa Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese was supposed to be another recipe entirely, but it turned out that Camembert was on sale instead of Brie and I had harissa on hand, but no sweet red peppers. I felt a little weird combining pesto and harissa into one sandwich, but I think the end result was a pretty good snack.

-2 slices of Italian Bread
-2 tablespoon soft butter, for brushing the bread
-1 tablespoon basil pesto
-1 tablespoon mild harissa paste
-3 ounces Camembert cheese, thinly sliced

Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Spread basil pesto on the inside of one slice of bread and spread the harissa paste on the inside of the other.. Place the Camembert cheese slices on the basil pesto and top with the other slice of bread.

Place the sandwich, butter side down, on the hot pan. Grill for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2 more minutes. 


Something about the garlicky flavor of the basil pesto and the spice of the harissa paste worked nicely together. Camembert is a mild cheese, so it didn't compete with the already strong flavors of the other ingredients -- it also melted well which is a plus during grilled cheese making. 


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