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That is my new go to grilled cheese. It’s crammed with crispy chilli laced broccoli, aged cheddar and lemony celery for crunch and it’s such a delight. I’m a giant fan of cooking grilled cheese in a pan however you might make this right into a Jaffle too.

When you’re not from Australia you’re in all probability questioning what on earth a Jaffle is? It’s a toasted sandwich maker that leaves you with two crispy overvalued triangles of toasty crammed with stuff. It’s a good time.

This toasted sandwich is ideal by itself however would even be glorious dipped right into a scrumptious winter soup like this parsnip, Parmesan and thyme quantity or this hearty tomato based mostly vegetable soup.

The secret is ensuring the broccoli is gentle sufficient to squish within the sandwich whereas crispy sufficient to be scrumptious. Due to this fact roughly chopping it into smaller bits and tossing in olive oil is vital. You might completely change up the flavours by including fennel seeds or dried herbs to the roasting tray as an alternative of chilli.

Be sure to use a flavoursome aged cheddar as that approach you don’t want as a lot cheese and you may maintain issues a bit of lighter.

Makes four sandwiches


1 small head of broccoli

1 tsp chilli flakes

2 tsp additional Virgin olive oil

1 stick if celery finely sliced

half of cup flat leaf parsley

1/four cup finely sliced spring onion

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

200g cheddar cheese, sliced 2mm thick

eight slices sourdough or bread of selection

four Tbs freshly grated Parmesan

salt and pepper

Additional Virgin Olive Oil for grilling


Preheat oven to 190 levels Celsius and line a baking tray.

Roughly chop the broccoli reserving a lot of the stalk for inventory (I maintain a bag within the freezer stuffed with random vegetable off cuts). Place in a bowl with the chilli and olive oil and toss to mix. Unfold in your lined tray in an excellent layer. Season with salt. Roast within the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, place the celery in a medium non reactive bowl and season, add lemon juice and toss to mix. Put aside.

As soon as the broccoli is crispy, pour into the bowl with the celery and add the spring onion and parsley, toss to mix. DOn’t flip the oven off simply but.

Lay out four slices of bread and canopy in cheese slices, high with broccoli combine then sprinkle over Parmesan. High with remaining bread slices.

Warmth a big non stick pan, heavy based mostly is greatest for even cooking. Add a bit of olive oil after which place as many sandwiches as will comfortably match, cook dinner in batches if mandatory.  Place one other heavy pan on high to press the sandwiches down. Flip the warmth right down to medium and cook dinner for three minutes or till golden. Rigorously use a spatula or fish slice to take away from the pan, flip and slide again in, I discover utilizing your fingers that can assist you with that is key. It’s possible you’ll need to add additional olive oil in case your pan is totally dry. Prepare dinner for an additional three minutes with one other heavy based mostly pan on high. If the cheese hasn’t melted, otherwise you’re cooking in batches switch to your nonetheless sizzling oven and switch off the oven at this level. Go away them for a couple of minutes or till the cheese is all metly.

Serve sprinkled with lemon zest and salt.



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