Tomato, Prosciutto and Gruyère Sandwiches
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
Daniel Humm's broiled open-face cheese sandwiches make a terrific snack or a decadent lunch. They evoke classic Swiss fondue because they combine bubbling hot Gruyère with white wine and kirsch, a cherry-flavored spirit.
- Four 1-inch-thick slices of white bread
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon dry white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon kirsch (optional)
- 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
- 1 beefsteak tomato, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 pound Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced
- Freshly ground pepper
- Sweet paprika
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Brush the bread slices on both sides with the olive oil and transfer to a baking sheet. Toast for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once, until golden and crisp but still soft inside. Rub the toast on one side with the garlic. In a small bowl, combine the white wine and kirsch and sprinkle lightly over the garlic-rubbed sides of the toast. Top with the prosciutto and tomato and season lightly with salt. Top with the cheese.
- Preheat the broiler. Broil the sandwiches as close to the heat as possible for about 3 minutes, shifting the pan occasionally, until the cheese is bubbling. Sprinkle with pepper and paprika and serve hot.
Nutty Gruyère is great with light-bodied red wines like Pinot Noir, and Switzerland is a fine (if little-known) source for streamlined, berry-inflected Pinots. Bourgogne Rouge has a similar structure and is easier to locate.