Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/3 cup halved red grapes

  2. 1 tablespoon grappa

  3. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

  4. 2 (1/2-inch-thick, 4-by-5-inch-long) slices honey whole wheat bread

  5. 2 ounces thinly sliced Taleggio cheese

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Combine grapes and grappa in a bowl and let macerate for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain off excess grappa. Heat a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, spread butter on 1 side of each slice of bread. Once the pan is warm, add 1 slice of bread buttered side down, and top with 1/2 of the cheese, all the grapes, and finally the remaining cheese. Close with the second bread slice, buttered side up. Cook until bread is toasted and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side. Beverage pairing: Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir , California. Taleggio can be a strong, musky cheese, so it needs a wine of equal conviction, but with a taste of earthiness itself. That’s why Pinot is a good call, and this well-made wine from California’s Central Coast has all that’s needed to both match the cheese, but also resonate with the grapes.


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