#SeriousSandwich: Grilled Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Pears, and Walnut Butter

For those who are keeping count, this is post #5 in my #SeriousSandwich series, though I’ve made at least twice as many recipes already from Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches. The combinations are irresistible and I’ve found quite a bit of inspiration in this cookbook. It’s been a happy surprise!

Grilled Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Pears, and Walnut Butter

There are some frustrations that come with the book, however. Like sourcing some of the ingredients. When you’re covering a wide variety of cuisines, it’s bound to happen that ingredients typically found in metropolitan areas will be harder to find in blue collar regions of the world. Case in point: Idiazábal cheese. I have never heard of this cheese before, let alone seen it. I was recently acquainted with Manchego cheese, fortunately, which is offered as an alternative. Worked for me and it’s pretty readily available, too.

Grilled Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Pears, and Walnut Butter

Quince paste was another puzzler. (With 2 strikes against me, you might have thought I would have given up, but I was determined to make this sandwich!) I checked 3 grocery stores in town and had no luck. A friend suggested trying a store with an excellent cheese selection. Bingo! There it was nestled in between the wedges of cheese at The Fresh Market, 25 minutes from home but, fortunately, somewhat on my way home from work.

Grilled Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Pears, and Walnut Butter

It was definitely worth the trouble. While I had never seen nor heard of a quince before, now I can’t imagine my life without them again. I’ve made this recipe 3 times in the last week. Yes, 3. In fact, I recommend doubling or tripling the walnut butter so you’ll have it on hand because once that’s made, the rest is a cakewalk. Just slice, assemble, and press. Then devour, of course. It’s up to you if you’ll share. Bring lots of napkins.

Grilled Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Pears, and Walnut Butter

Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches will be released on October 16, 2012. To be sure you’ll get a copy, you can pre-order it here.

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Cover of Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches

Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone, based upon my personal experience. Morrow Cookbooks provided me with a Cookalong Kit including an advance copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches. In addition, upon completion of the #SeriousSandwich cookalong, all participants will receive a small grocery reimbursement and a complete library of Emeril Cookbooks.

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