The ‘Arsene Sandwich’ – Grilled Cheese Spectaculaire

The ‘Arsene Sandwich’ is a specialty of Doug’s cousin, Arsene Dirkelessian. Some might call this a grilled cheese sandwich; we call it spectacular! While visiting Arsene and his family, who reside on the outskirts of Paris, he prepared this as a quick and delicious breakfast for us. I’ve gotta say, it was a great way to start the day.

Arsene’s recipe:
1. Cut chunks of crusty French bread, fill it with crumbled Feta cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese slices (or any cheese that melts well), crushed dried mint, a sprinkle of Aleppo red pepper (or a hint of cayenne), and a drizzle of olive oil.
2. Grill it on both sides in a heated, lightly greased skillet, pressing down until the cheese melts and a minty fragrance fills the air.
3. Serve with fresh fruit (or juice) and coffee.

1. Prepare this with your favorite bread, and if you have a George Forman grill or a Panini press, it’s a cinch to make.
2. This sandwich is great for lunch with a cup of your favorite soup or a crisp salad.
3. Check out Arsene’s other recipes for mujadarah, and 3-day hummus!

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  1. Ara June 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds really yummy! As a variation, try using fresh savory instead of the mint and add some thin slices of ripe tomatoes and red onions. Savory tastes a little like thyme but is milder. It is available year-round in the Armenian markets here in the LA area. I have seen it in the "regular" markets around springtime, usually in the fancy herb area.

    OK, I think I'm going off to make myself a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. 🙂

  2. Robyn June 27, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Your suggestions sound great, Ara, thanks!


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