According to chef and grill genius Francis Mallmann, the success of this incredibly simple dish—provolone seared in a cast-iron skillet until crisp, browned and melty—depends on the quality of the cheese itself. "You want a sharp, mature cheese that's about eight or nine months old," he says.
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One 1-inch-thick slice of provolone cheese (1/2 pound)
2 tablespoons small oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 grape tomatoes, halved
Basil leaves, for garnish
Crusty bread, for serving
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 450°. Heat a cast-iron skillet until hot. Add the cheese and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the oregano and 1/4 teaspoon of the crushed red pepper. Cook over moderate heat until the cheese begins to melt and brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip the cheese and cook until the bottom begins to melt and brown, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle all over with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oregano and 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper and top with the grape tomatoes. Bake until the cheese is melted and the tomatoes are warmed through, about 4 minutes. Season with sea salt and garnish with basil. Serve with bread.
This crusty provoleta is so rich that it's best with a sparkling wine to refresh your palate.
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