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That is my new go to grilled cheese. It’s full of crispy chilli laced broccoli, aged cheddar and lemony celery for crunch and it’s such a delight. I’m an enormous fan of cooking grilled cheese in a pan however you can make this right into a Jaffle too.

Should you’re not from Australia you’re most likely questioning what on earth a Jaffle is? It’s a toasted sandwich maker that leaves you with two crispy hyped up triangles of toasty full of stuff. It’s a good time.

This toasted sandwich is ideal by itself however would even be wonderful dipped right into a scrumptious winter soup like this parsnip, Parmesan and thyme quantity or this hearty tomato primarily based vegetable soup.

The secret’s ensuring the broccoli is gentle sufficient to squish within the sandwich whereas crispy sufficient to be scrumptious. Due to this fact roughly chopping it into smaller bits and tossing in olive oil is vital. You can completely change up the flavours by including fennel seeds or dried herbs to the roasting tray as an alternative of chilli.

Ensure you use a flavoursome aged cheddar as that means you don’t want as a lot cheese and you may hold issues just a little lighter.

Makes four sandwiches


1 small head of broccoli

1 tsp chilli flakes

2 tsp additional Virgin olive oil

1 stick if celery finely sliced

half cup flat leaf parsley

1/four cup finely sliced spring onion

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

200g cheddar cheese, sliced 2mm thick

eight slices sourdough or bread of selection

four Tbs freshly grated Parmesan

salt and pepper

Additional Virgin Olive Oil for grilling


Preheat oven to 190 levels Celsius and line a baking tray.

Roughly chop the broccoli reserving a lot of the stalk for inventory (I hold a bag within the freezer filled with random vegetable off cuts). Place in a bowl with the chilli and olive oil and toss to mix. Unfold in your lined tray in an excellent layer. Season with salt. Roast within the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, place the celery in a medium non reactive bowl and season, add lemon juice and toss to mix. Put aside.

As soon as the broccoli is crispy, pour into the bowl with the celery and add the spring onion and parsley, toss to mix. DOn’t flip the oven off simply but.

Lay out four slices of bread and canopy in cheese slices, high with broccoli combine then sprinkle over Parmesan. Prime with remaining bread slices.

Warmth a big non stick pan, heavy primarily based is finest for even cooking. Add just a little olive oil after which place as many sandwiches as will comfortably match, cook dinner in batches if obligatory.  Place one other heavy pan on high to press the sandwiches down. Flip the warmth all the way down to medium and cook dinner for three minutes or till golden. Rigorously use a spatula or fish slice to take away from the pan, flip and slide again in, I discover utilizing your arms that will help you with that is key. Chances are you’ll wish to add additional olive oil in case your pan is totally dry. Prepare dinner for an additional three minutes with one other heavy primarily based pan on high. If the cheese hasn’t melted, otherwise you’re cooking in batches switch to your nonetheless sizzling oven and switch off the oven at this level. Depart them for a couple of minutes or till the cheese is all metly.

Serve sprinkled with lemon zest and salt.



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