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Grilled cheddar cheese with apple butter

Time 25 minutes
Yields Makes 2 sandwiches
Grilled cheddar cheese with apple butter
1

Heat a cast-iron pan or griddle over low heat. Brush one side of each bread slice with the melted butter.

2

Spread half the cheese evenly over the unbuttered sides of two slices of bread, carefully spreading it to the edges. Spread 1 tablespoon of apple butter over each of the unbuttered sides of the two remaining slices, then place them, apple-butter side down, onto the slices spread with cheese.

3

With a spatula, place a sandwich into the heated pan and weight it with a second heavy pan or a steak weight. (If your pan is large enough, cook both sandwiches; otherwise, cook them one at a time.) Cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the sandwich and weight it with the pan or steak weight, and cook until golden brown, another 3 to 4 minutes.

4

Remove the sandwich to a cutting board and cut it in half or quarters. Serve immediately, with extra apple butter if desired.

Apple-wood-smoked cheddar is available at well-stocked supermarkets and fine cheese counters. You can substitute any best-quality cheddar.

Amy Scattergood is a staff writer for the Food section of the Los Angeles Times.
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