As a food blogger and recipe developer you almost always have a well-filled refrigerator. Many recipes needs to be cooked, refined and then cooked a second or even a forth time.
Today I had some nice leftovers from my cheese sauce and cherry relish waiting for magic. Together they form todays crispy toast with cheese sauce, cherry relish and sichuan pepper.
So. Cherries and sichuan pepper are like magic together. You just have to try!
There’s something about the sweetness from the cherries, the sourness from the vinegar in the relish and the exciting sichuan pepper. Together they are just YUM!
Despite the name Sichuan pepper is not really a pepper at al. The closest relatives are citrus fruits, something that you immediately recognize when you taste it.
You can use sichuan peppers both whole and grained. If you grind it yourself, it’s important to make sure you get rid of the hard cores. They don’t add extra taste to your food but are just annoying in between your teeths.
I usually grind my dried spices in my electric coffee grinder (which is thus not used for just coffee). If you have time, it’s well worth roasting the Sichuan pepper in a dry baking pan before grinding them. Roasting makes a huge difference for a lot of dried spices!
By toasting your sandwich, you get a crisp outside and a delicious creamy inside thanks to the cheese sauce and cherry relish.
Theoretically you could make the sandwich in a waffle iron as well. At least that is what I thought anyway. Until I tried it. The fire alarm went off and the waffle iron had to be sent to Haarlem waste station. Don’t try it at home. Just fry it instead. It will work the best. Just trust me on this one.
But now it’s time to get started!
Toast with cheese sauce, cherry relish and sichuan pepper
2 slices of good bread that you like!
About 1/2 dl (1/2 cup) “cheese sauce” (see recipe in the link)
About 2 tablespoons cherry relish (see recipe in the link)
Grounded sichuan pepper (preferably freshly grounded)
Butter or oil for frying
How do I do it?
1. Add some butter or oil to a baking pan.
2. Spread plenty of cheese sauce on both slices of the bread.
3. Place some cherry relish on one of the bread slices. Try to avoid getting the relish all the way out to the edges. It will only fall down when you add the other slice of bread on top.
4. Sprinkle grounded sichuan pepper over the relish on the bread. Sprinkle some salt on top. Put the sandwich slices together.
5. Let the oil or butter become warm before placing you double sandwich in the baking pan. Make sure it gets golden brown on one side and then turn the bread and continue baking. Bake the other side in the same way.
6. Ready! Enjoy your sandwich with some fresh salad and maybe some extra cherry relish on the side.
This recipe is free from lactose and gluten (if you choose a gluten-free bread).