Grilled Cheese with Dense, Spicy Turkish Pepper Paste

Pepper Crush's dense, spicy pepper paste is delicious spread on just about everything.  Consider it a more flavorful version of sun-dried tomato paste, made completely out of freshly dried hot peppers, and pureed with olive oil and sea salt. This classic application in a grilled cheese sandwich is a winner combination, and makes for a satiating lunch. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread, no more than ½ inch thick
  • 2-3 slices Vermont Herdsman and Gruyere cheese (4 oz)
  • 1-2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ tablespoon Elif’s Pepper Paste

How to make it?

  1. Preheat the skillet over medium heat.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  3. Place one slice bread, buttered side down, onto skillet.
  4. Top the bread in skillet with cheese slices.
  5. Spread Elif’s Pepper Paste onto the un-buttered side of your second slice of bread. Use this slice to top your sandwich, buttered side up.
  6. Grill until lightly browned and flip. Continue grilling until cheese is melted.

Beer pairing recommendations: Nut Brown or Amber Ales, or a Pilsner.

Photos by Jess Hitt


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