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Grilled cheese, but NOT a sandwich

anyone have any experience in grilling a piece of cheese, say a 2 inch square? What is the best way? Do you coat it with anything - flour, breadcrumbs? What is the best variety of cheese to use for this? TIA.

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  1. Raclette scrapped on a warm plate. Doesn't get much easier.

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    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

      I love love Raclette! It's great for everything involving melted cheese!

      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        I love Raclette served traditionally like in Switzerland. After discovering it on a trip to the Swiss Alps several years ago, I am surprised that the tradition never caught on in the US like fondue.

        The basic tradition is to melt this delicious Raclette cheese near an open fire and scraping the melted cheese over boiled potatoes. Often served with pickled onions, gherkins, dried beef and/or ham.

        After spending a few weeks in the Swiss Alps, close to the borders with France and Italy, I came home craving this dish. When I was living in New Jersey, I could get most of the ingredients to come close to duplicating the dish at Wegman's. I used fingerling potatoes, Raclette cheese, dry beef, jarred gherkins and pickled onions found on their "olive" bar. I baked the cheese in shallow ramekins in the oven. Yum!!

        1. re: Springhaze2

          I eat Raclette all the time but never the actual process of Raclette. Is there a way to melt at home without a Raclette grill? You just slide it out of the ramekin? They do sell them now at Wegmans and Whole Foods.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            I melted individual portions in a small ramekins in the oven and just gave each person one ramekin to kind of slide off/cut the portions they wanted for each potato. (with pot holders to protect hands). Corning Ware Grab-it bowls have little handles. I did not have a Raclette grill. Unfortunately, I now live in rural North Carolina and cheese like Raclette is nowhere to be found.

              1. re: GraydonCarter

                Bigger but similar than the one at Whole Foods, right at the cheese counter. I didn't make it up:)

        2. I think there are more ways to bake cheese than to grill it. Baked brie is common, with various coatings and toppings. A restaurant I used to enjoy in Mexico City had a baked parmesan appetizer that was delicious.

          1. I think the only cheese I've ever grilled on its own is Halloumi. I would think most cheeses would just melt through the grill...

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              1. re: foxspirit

                Same here- just out of the wrapper and onto the grill....

                1. re: foxspirit

                  I've never tried Halloumi, are there any cheeses you might compare it to in terms of taste?

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    taste - probably closest to feta. Texture - dense and chewy. Love halloumi - had a halloumi and mushroom sandwich for dinner tonight

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      fldhky- I have a feeling you would love Halloumi! To me it tastes kind of like a mix between feta and parmesan. Also close to Kaseri if you've ever tried that. Very yummy.

                      1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                        I seem to love nearly all cheese. I always eye it at the store but never bit. I think I'll try it this weekend with the broil method perhaps for less margin of error.

                  2. Use a harder cheese.
                    Flour, egg, bread, plenty of hot oil. You really could get away with just flour for a lighter coating. It will help if the cheese sits out for a bit and "sweats".
                    Blot on paper towels immediately after cooking.
                    Season RIGHT AWAY, or it won't stick.

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                    1. re: monavano

                      Should the cheese stay out before frying? I've always kept it very cold so as not to melt too much. I'm confused with your last sentence, could you clarify? I love fried cheese....

                    2. broiler with a slice of cheese on a slice of bread, can add things, onions, bacon ,tomatoes, chile sauce,.american, cheddar both work well. well, i guess it is an open sandwich *g*