Chocolate - Hazelnut and Goat Cheese Melt
Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang
You'll love how quickly this elegant and rich dessert sandwich can be made. My faithful recipe tester Annette says it's kind of like a chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, only much simpler to make. Usually, it's important to press grilled cheese sandwiches with a spatula to flatten them, but with this one, it's important not to press it, or the filling can squirt out.
Cooking Methodgrilling, pan-frying
Total Timeunder 15 minutes
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
Recipe Coursedessert, snack
Dietary Considerationdessert, snack
Equipmentgrill, grill pan
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturecheesy, chocolatey, nutty, sweet
Type of Dishdessert, grilled sandwich
- 8 tablespoons Nutella or other hazelnut-chocolate spread
- 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
- 8 slices country white bread (¼ inch thick)
- 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
In a small bowl, stir the Nutella and cheese together.
To assemble: Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place 4 slices on your work surface, buttered side down. Spread the cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices so that it is about ¼ inch thick (if it's any thicker, the sandwich will be too gooey). Place the remaining 4 bread slices on top, buttered side up. Cut off the crusts (this helps pinch the bread together to create a tight seal).
Stovetop method: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Put the sandwiches in the skillet (in batches if necessary), cover, and cook for 2 minutes or until the undersides are golden brown and the cheese has begun to soften. Uncover, and turn the sandwiches with a spatula. Cook for 1 minute or until the undersides are golden brown. Turn the sandwiches again, and cook for 30 seconds, or until the cheese is soft and creamy. Serve immediately.
Sandwich maker method: Because of the creaminess of the filling, a sandwich maker does not work for this sandwich.
Gas grill method: Brush a grill rack with oil and preheat the grill to medium. Follow directions for sandwich assembly. Put the sandwiches on the grill and follow directions for the stovetop method.
2004 Laura Werlin