Spicy Grilled Cheese and Pickle Sandwich
This now-classic Saxelby grilled cheese sandwich originated at a festival called Pickle Day that takes place every fall on NYC's Lower East Side. We thought to ourselves, pickles and cheese? Why the heck not?! The spicy pickle used in this sandwich is clutch because it gives an added punch of flavor. It is also a vegetable...something that can be lacking from time to time in our cheesemongerly diets. And after all, nothing says comfort food like a good grilled cheese.
Heat your panini press if you have one. If not, a nonstick pan or skillet will do just fine.
Slice the cheese into thin-ish slices. If you need a frame of reference, go about twice to three times as thick as the slices you get from a deli counter. Slice each medallion of Hotties to one-half the original thickness.
Arrange the cheese and pickles in between the slices of bread and liberally butter the outsides. Place your sandwich in the panini press or skillet and toast for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the bread is toasted golden brown and the cheese is melted to the point of being gooey.
Allow to cool for a minute or two before serving.
Recipe by Saxelby’s Cheese
Photography by Sarah Maine