Persimmon Grilled Cheese with Goat Cheddar & Prosciutto

Wondering what to do with those persimmons you bought? This sandwich is the business.

Persimmon Grilled Cheese with Goat Cheddar & Prosciutto: tangy goat cheese and salty prosciutto with just enough sweet from the persimmon to to offset them. This one, as they say, is a winner.

Article Courtesy:  Alison Needham, A Girl Defloured

PERSIMMON GRILLED CHEESE W/ GOAT CHEDDAR & PROSCIUTTO

Each autumn I struggle with what exactly to do with all of those persimmons that inevitably come in my produce box. You see, I don’t really love them–not the crisp fuyu, nor the more tender, heart-shaped hachiya. I’ve made them into cookies, dried them, and tossed them raw into salads. Every time I try them I’m really underwhelmed, to put it politely. They don’t make me gag or anything. I’m just not that into them.

So here they are again, the lovely (but flavorless) persimmons sitting in my fruit bowl. And it’s lunch time. And I’m hungry. I dig through the cheese drawer and come upon some goat cheddar and sliced prosciutto. A lightbulb goes on…the one that says, everything is better with bacon. I get 2 slices of gluten-free bread, smear them with a liberal amount of grainy mustard (also gluten-free, of course), some slices of goat cheddar, crisped prosciutto and, yes, persimmon. That’s how the persimmon and prosciutto grilled cheese was born.

In all honesty, I would have preferred sliced apples in my sandwich, but the persimmons weren’t half bad…just enough sweet to offset the tangy goat cheese and the salty prosciutto. Will I make it again? Most certainly. For now, it’s about the best thing that has happened to any persimmon that’s come into my kitchen.

So tell me, do you like persimmons? And more importantly, what do you do with them?

 

Persimmon Grilled Cheese w/ Goat Cheddar & Prosciutto

Obviously you know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich, right? I like to make several thin layers of fillings and cheese, but do what ever floats your boat. Don't like (or can't find) goat cheddar? No problem--use your favorite cheese and relax. This is comfort food, gourmet style. And really, anything goes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Keyword: gluten-free, grilled cheese
Author: Alison Needham

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of your favorite gluten-free bread
  • 2 tablespoons of gluten-free grainy mustard
  • 1 fuyu persimmon peeled and sliced
  • 6 large slices of goat cheddar goat brie, or regular sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of prosciutto
  • melted butter or olive oil for brushing

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet over a medium flame. Add the prosciutto slices and cook until just crisp on both sides. It will only take a couple of minutes. Wash the pan and return it to the stove. Heat it over medium-low heat.
  • Spread the mustard on one side of all the bread. To two slices of bread add a layer of cheese, then the persimmons, another layer of cheese, then the prosciutto, and finally a third layer of cheese. Top with the remaining bread.
  • Brush the tops and bottoms of the sandwiches with melted butter or olive oil and place in the preheated pan. Cook slowly, turning frequently, until the sandwiches are a deep golden brown and the cheese is melted (note: goat cheddar doesn't melt as much as goat brie or regular cheddar).
  • Slice each sandwich in half and serve immediately.