Grilled Cheddar & Spiced Peach Sandwich

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We’ve got three growing boys–two of them teenagers–in the house. That means lots of quickly-changing schedules and quickly-changing appetites. Grilled cheese made with a sandwich press (panini maker) adapts to both easily.  But “just cheese” can get boring. Here, we’ve combined sharp cheddar with summer peaches (quickly spiced with clove & sweetened with maple) to make things more interesting.

 

Makes enough spiced peaches for 6 sandwiches

Quick Spiced Peaches Ingredients

  • 5 small- to medium-sized peaches
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter (or soy butter)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp water

Cheddar Peach Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ingredients

  • sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter (or soy butter) per sandwich
  • 1/4 cup spiced peach slices
  • 2 slices sandwich-loaf-sized French or Italian bread, with crunchy crust (I used Breadsmith)

Instructions

  1. Make spiced peaches: Pour boiling water over peaches and heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Plunge in cold water and remove peach skins. (Use a knife if any skin resists.)
  3. Remove peach pits and slice fairly thin–between 1/4 and 1/8-inch thick.
  4.  In saucepot, mix water, salt, cloves and maple syrup and heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Stir in butter. Add peaches. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until peaches are tender, but not mushy. Remove from heat. Make a slurry of the cornstarch and remaining 1 Tbsp water. Stir in to peach pot to thicken sauce a bit.
  5. Make sandwich: Toast two slices bread. Butter completely on one side of each piece of toast. Flip and butter very lightly on the other side. Layer cheese and peaches on the barely-buttered side of one of the pieces of bread. Top with second slice and: A) if using a skillet, place in skillet and fry for 3 minutes, covered. Flip sandwich, press with a spatula, cover and cook three minutes more. B) If using a sandwich press, place sandwich in press, close cover and heat for 3 minutes or until cheese is quite oozy. Serve with extra spiced peaches.

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