Mozzarella Cream Dream Sandwich Makes: 1 sandwich
2 tsp. Olive oil
2 (1/4″) slices of fresh mozzarella
2 slices of sourdough bread
1/4 tsp. Aleppo pepper**
Heat oil in a 10″ nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Place mozzarella between slices of bread, and add to skillet. Press sandwich with a spatula or plate and cook, adding more oil if needed and turning once, until golden brown and cheese is melted, 6–8 minutes. Sprinkle with pepper before serving.
*Inner Chef Note: Aleppo Pepper:
A dark red, robust, sweet and sharp chili pepper from the Aleppo region of Syria, with moderate heat that doesn’t overpower its fruity flavor. With a high oil content, dried crushed aleppo pepper has a deliciously deep, aromatic flavor, with a bit more heat than paprika. It is delicious in chili, grilled chicken breast, steak or chops. Aleppo Pepper is attractive to sprinkle on potatoes, deviled eggs or chicken/tuna salads. In Syrian cuisine it is used for many dishes, especially soups, salads, and fish.
Substitutions: Ancho peppers OR 4 parts sweet paprika plus 1 part cayenne pepper.