Italian Baguette with Manchego, Garlic, Cilantro and Lime – Top Chef Night

With the Top Chef Night kitchen in its new location, the boxes hastily
unpacked, items integrated and everything quickly cleaned for a Star Tribune photo shoot, K and I were exhausted. It was Top Chef Night and I really wanted a grilled cheese sandwich so we dug back into the archives for chef Carmen Gonzalez’s Italian Baguette with Manchego, Garlic, Cilantro and Lime.

While K set about roasting the tomatoes with cilantro, salt and pepper, I skipped the tomatoes on my sandwich and went with roasted red peppers (from a jar).

I chopped the cilantro and mixed it with the garlic and lime juice and we sliced the baguette and toasted it in the oven to melt the manchego cheese. Once the bread was toasty and the cheese melted, we loaded up the sandwiches with our fixins and K put them in a pan of hot butter — just like you’re supposed to do with a grilled cheese.

We’re still obsessed with the black bean chipotle hummus from Deena’s Gourmet, so I nestled some of the hummus and some sesame blue chips next to our sandwiches.

Less than 30 minutes. This deliciously buttery, crispy, smoky, cool, garlicky sandwich took less than 30 minutes to make. A Top Chef Night record. Jonesin’ for a grilled cheese sandwich? Put down the Wonder Bread and American cheese and make this instead. It was layered and the flavors were great — distinct but melded so well together. The ultimate Top Chef grilled cheese.  

Italian Baguette with Manchego, Garlic, Cilantro and Lime

One thought on “Italian Baguette with Manchego, Garlic, Cilantro and Lime – Top Chef Night

  1. Hi Elle!
    Love your blog! So good to hear about you. This is Deb here, of Deb, Ken and Ian. I saw the piece in the Strib last week and looked up your blog – how fun! Glad to hear all is going well for you.

    Cheers!
    Deb

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