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Skillet Melt With Aniseed and Garlic Toast

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  1. 4 slices of coarse peasant bread, cut 1/2 inch thick and toasted
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 garlic clove, halved
  4. 4 ounces thinly sliced hard sheep cheese, such as Kasseri, Kashkaval or Etorki
  5. 1 teaspoon aniseed, crushed
  6. 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  1. Brush one side of each slice of toast with olive oil, then rub with the cut garlic. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, arrange the cheese slices in a single layer and cook over moderately low heat until melted, about 3 minutes. Season with the aniseed and pepper. Put the toast slices on top and press into the cheese. Lift the slices out, coated with the melted cheese.
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