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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. More Gooey, Melted Sandwiches

Daniel Humm
July 2009

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© James Merrell

Recipe Summary

total:
30 mins
Yield:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Suggested Pairing

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.

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