Sunday, 7 April 2013

Cheese Toast- Toast with cheese baked into it? Yumm

Cheese toast is just Cuban bread with cheese baked into it.  Well, not into it, but onto it.
You can use any kind of bread. Cuban bread just works best for this. 
As far as cheese goes, I say that white English cheddar works the best, but parmesan or goat cheeses are great.
If you have a panini maker, use it for this . It will work much better than an oven or broiler. I use an oven because I do not have a panini maker and I never have. I don't know why.
Well, oven, broiler, panini maker, or whatever you cook this in, this will turn out great.

Makes 2 sandwiches

4 thin slices Cuban bread or French bread
1/4 cup thinly sliced (or crumbled) cheese
1 tbsp butter or olive oil

Melt butter in a not stick skillet. Place slice of bread on the hot skillet. 
Then lay down your cheese. 
Bake in an oven preheated to 350°f, for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is lightly browned.
Let cool for awhile. 
Serve warm.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Gnocchi- potato dumplings with a twist!

You may think that potato gnocchi are hard to make, but they're not. They are quite easy to make and require no special equipment.
These are very easy to make and don't take long. You can use them for anything, like pasta Primavera  , like in the March 31st post, or you can put it in chicken soup, or use them as an appetiser.
Gnocchi have and interesting background. The name is French and Italian, but most people say it originated in Italy.
They are not dense potato dumplings, they are light, airy... I don't know how to describe it.

You can use any kind of potatoes, like sweet, yucan gold, russet etc. even squash works.
I must say, that a ricer works for this, remember when I said " this requires no special equipment", well this isn't required, but it is recommended (don't worry).

Makes two dozen gnocchi:
3 large russet or sweet potatoes
3/4-1 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 375°f
Bake your potatoes for 40-45 minutes or until tender.
Scoop out potato flesh and let cool in a bowl. Then, add salt, egg white and 1/4 cup of cheese.
Mix well, then add flour, very slowly, until slightly doughy.
Form dough into small dumplings.
Place in boiling water for five minutes, do in batches.
Serve hot with extra cheese.
Bon Appetit et jouir