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Southern French goats cheese and honey toastie

Toasted sandwich filled with goats cheese and honey oozing out

Add a little French sunshine to your snacks with this delicious toasted sandwich. Bursting with different flavours. Though we list ingredients that you might use in the south of France, you can use any goats cheese, honey, onion and herbs…

Nicknamed “Saffron de Nimes” this southern French style croque monsieur is made with ingredients that would have existed in Roman times. The perfect dish from Nimes, AKA “the Rome of France”….

Ingredients

60g goat’s cheese cut into slices (Pélardon, a soft cheese, is ideal)
2 slices wholemeal bread or pain de miel (gingerbread)
Green olive tapenade (from Picholine du Gard is perfect)
Flaked almonds
Sweet onion sliced (from the Cévennes if you can)
Honey (from the Cévennes is delicious)
High quality olive oil
Thyme and aromatic herbs (those from the garrigue are superb!)
Pinch of Saffron

Method

Lightly sprinkle the bread with the saffron and a dribble of olive oil.

Spread green tapenade on one slice. (Here’s how to make green olive tapenade).

Put the cheese in the middle.

Spread a thin layer of honey.

Sprinkle on some flaked almonds.

Garnish the slice with the sweet onion.

Cover with the second slice of bread.

Dribble on some olive oil.

Put it into a toasted sandwich machine or put it under the grill until the bread is golden and crusty.

Recipe by Gilles Deschamps from Nimes

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