Ben Quinn’s Campfire Cheese Toastie

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Some of the best food in life is the most simple – just humble ingredients brought together with love. Ben Quinn of Woodfired Canteen‘s recipe is all about just that; good honest ingredients, cooked simply and shared with friends

Serves 4 

• 300g of coarsely grated Quicke’s Mature cheddar
• 150g of finely grated Quicke’s Devonshire Red
• 50g Quicke’s Cows Whey Butter
• 8 slices of good bread
• Smoked Cornish Sea Salt
• 10 fresh sage leaves

1 To make this campfire cheese toastie, you need to start with the fire (Ben recommends using a mixture of aged wood and sustainably sourced charcoal).
2 Light your fire and be patient. Wait for the coals to show a good three inch grey coat. Make the fire level and place a heavy bottomed pan straight onto the coals.
3 While you’re waiting for your pan to get to a medium heat, grate the mature cheddar into a bowl and the Devonshire Red into another bowl.
4 Now butter the bread on one side; this will become the outside of the cheese toastie. Place the bread butter side down in the pan and listen out for than gentle sizzle.
5 Then sprinkle the mature cheddar over the bread. Don’t worry if some falls into the pan, this will just add to the sticky caramelised flavour. Place the other slice of bread on top, butter side up.
6 Now comes the important bit. In wood fire cooking we have a phrase; ‘If you’re looking you’re not cooking.’ In the case of the cheese toastie, it’s all about leaving it alone to get a lovely rich brown colour and for the cheese to start to melt.
7 Once you are happy with your toastie’s colour, carefully flip the toastie and repeat on the other side.
8 Now comes the magic. Sprinkle the toasted side with half the Devonshire Red, then flip the cheese toastie again and repeat with the side facing you.
9 Last but by no means least, sprinkle a little smoked Cornish Sea Salt over the toastie, slice it in half with confidence and just wait a few more seconds, admiring the difference between a normal toastie and your campfire cheese toastie.

Recipe courtesy of Ben Quinn for Quicke’s 

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