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Broccolini Cheddar Melts

May 13, 2010

Broccolini and Cheddar Melts

Last night was  a night for a simple supper — and not just any simple supper, but one from Moosewood Restaurant’s Simple Suppers.  This melt is a great veggie alternative to a tuna melt (which is, without a doubt, my specialty, in case you were wondering…) — broccolini is absolutely amazing when it’s merely sautéed but on this sandwich, it’s sautéed AND THEN roasted.  Amazing!  When making this dish, use the sharpest cheddar you feel comfortable with.  We used a Cabot cheddar called Racer’s Edge, that was plenty sharp and had a delicious flavor when combined with the broccolini.  I think we’ll be making this again, possibly in the fall.

Broccolini Cheddar Melts

  • 1 bunch broccolini (12 – 14 stems)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper (I used crushed red pepper!)
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese
  • Dijon mustard
  1. Rinse the broccolini and chop it into 1/2 inch-long pieces.  In a skillet on medium-high heat, cook the broccolini and the garlic in the oil for 4-5 minutes, until the broccolini is bright green and just tender.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Add about 1/4 cup water to the pan and steam the broccolini until the water has evaporated.  Remove from the heat.
  3. While the broccolini cooks, toast the bread.  Grate the cheese or cut it into thin slices.  Spread the mustard on the toast and place on a broiler pan.
  4. Top each piece of toast with cooked broccolini and then cheese.  Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3-5 minutes.  Serve hot and open-faced.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2010 5:49 pm

    I have to say when I first glanced at the pic, I was thinking, ew, what is that! Okay, so maybe it’s not the most attractive treat, but I’m looking forward to trying it. I looooove broccolini!

  2. dieu-my permalink
    May 16, 2010 5:49 pm

    OMG this looks delicious! and more importantly, so easyyyy!

  3. May 17, 2010 9:12 pm

    what a fabulous and creative idea! love broccolini and cheese and melted things 😉

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