2garlic clovessubstitute 2 teaspoon of minced garlic
2tablespoonsshredded fontina cheeseroughly 2 oz
2tablespoonsshredded pecorino cheese
½teaspoonblack pepperfreshly ground
Soften two tablespoons of butter at room temperature. Mince 2 cloves of garlic and add this to the softened butter and whisk well with a fork. Note: If your butter is cold, just heat up some water in a glass (wide enough to cover the butter) for 1-2 minutes. Then, throw the water out and cover the butter with the warm glass. It'll soften up quickly! Try to avoid throwing the butter in the microwave if possible.
Using a butter knife, spread garlic butter on 2 slices of toast generously. Turn them over. On one unbuttered side, add about ½ cup of shredded Fontina cheese. Then, add ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper to the cheese. Place the other slice on top, with the buttered side facing outwards on both slices.
Shred pecorino cheese in a large shallow bowl (optional, add a pinch more black pepper here as well). Then, place the toast in the bowl, buttered side down, so the cheese sticks to the butter. Repeat this and gently press down until you have a cheesy outer crust.
Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Then, place the toastie on the skillet and cook uncovered for 4 minutes on one side. Flip carefully and cook uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side, or until the fontina cheese is fully melted. Serve hot!
Choice of bread: I typically like using a nice sturdy white bread, like a sourdough. But you can really use any bread of choice as long as it's sturdy!
Cheese substitutions: Fontina is a traditional Italian semi-hard cheese that tastes great on a toastie. But you can substitute this with cheddar in a pinch. Likewise, traditional Pecorino Romano cheese uses lamb rennet, so if you find it difficult to find vegetarian Pecorino where you live, you can also use vegetarian Parmesan!
Seasoning: I typically just use black pepper and garlic, since the cheese has it's own saltiness. But you can add salt or other seasoning to your taste!