It’s September! Can you believe it?
I remember when September meant that I had finally grown bored with summer vacation and was actually excited to start school again. (Not that that feeling lasted very long.) Now it just means that the strawberries won’t be worth eating for at least eight months and I should really start thinking about getting a new wool coat.
My favorite after-school snack when I was a kid was a Coke Slurpee from 7-11 and a grilled cheese sandwich. American cheese on white bread with lots of margarine, fried almost black. I loved it.
A secret? Even now, after having tasted Poilâne bread, and while having a constant and varied selection of artisanal cheeses at my disposal… I probably wouldn’t turn down one of those bright orange elementary school grilled cheese sandwiches.
When I’m feeling a little more high-brow, I make something like this: a little sweet from the figs and caramelized onions, and warm and runny from the soft, fatty cheese. It would probably still go well with a Slurpee.
Fig & Camembert Grilled Cheese
Makes as many sandwiches as you’d like.
hearty bread, sliced thinly
fresh figs, thinly sliced
walnuts, roughly chopped
Generously butter both sides of two slices of bread for each sandwich.
On one slice of bread, spread a thin layer of caramelized onion. On the other slice of bread, place several thin slices of camembert and top with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts and one layer of sliced figs. Sandwich the two slices together. Repeat for as many sandwiches as you’d like.
Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-low heat. Once warm, fry the sandwiches until they are golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted.
Carefully pry the sandwiches apart and add a layer of lettuce. Put the sandwich back together, cut in half, and serve while still warm.
It’s important for everything in this sandwich to be fairly thin: thin slices of bread, a thin layer of cheese, thin slices of figs. Otherwise it gets flabby and runny and doesn’t want to stay together while you’re eating it.
You can replace the camembert with other soft, white-rind cheeses like brie.
Music to cook by: Fuck You [Lily Allen // It’s Not Me, It’s You]