52 weeks of cooking – The Alps
When cooking for a crowd I try to find alternatives to making individual appetizers, it takes too much time fiddling with small things, why not make a few huge ones and slice it up.
This week’s Reddit challenge is make something from the Alps, when you think of that region cheese is the first thing to come to mind. While searching for ideas on what to make I kept going back to these fried cheese things called Malakoff, a slice of bread heaped with a cheese mixture and fried till crispy. I really wanted to make them, but everyone would want two which would mean making at least 50 of them, no thanks. If I had a proper fryer that made it easy to control the heat and I wasn’t on a sail boat where there is the potential for the hot oil to jump out at me I’d be more willing. In these situations, I turn towards the oven, she’s always my friend.
I made two large loafs of bread with soft interiors and light crispy crusts, cut them in half lengthwise and slathered them in the grated cheese mixture and baked. They were heavenly, the bread was browned, the top layer of the cheese was crisp while the under layer was like molten lava when I cut into them straight out of the oven. Usually for hot baked goods I like to wait at least 10 minutes before serving so people don’t burn their mouths, but this has to be served and eaten right away so you get the gooey fondue effect.