From Trump to Bake Off, and Brexit to nightmarish Toblerone makeovers, 2016 has been shocking, upsetting and downright bleak. So it stands to reason that we’re all in need of some comfort food – not to mention a glass of wine.
And now, at last, there’s a red wine cheese toastie.
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Be still our beating hearts…
Bob, the blogger behind BS in the Kitchen, came up with the recipe when he realised that nobody had ever attempted to make a wine and grilled cheese sandwich (that’s a toastie to us Brits) – and has dubbed it as one of the most “refined” snacks he’s ever had the delight of making.
The recipe – which can be found in full here – is pretty simple: make a grilled cheese sandwich as you normally would but add in a red wine reduction.
Ingenious, as you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard already. Think French bread, butter, red onions, garlic, rosemary, thyme, flour, red wine and ooey-gooey Gruyere cheese.
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Cheese and wine have long been considered one of the perfect foodie partnerships, and for good reason, too. Earlier this year, scientists asked 31 wine aficionados to sample several different types of wine, both on their own and with a piece of cheese.
The results “showed cheese changed all the wines, and made most more enjoyable”, the Daily Telegraph reported, adding that “none of the four cheeses had a negative impact on any of the wines”.
In layman’s terms, cheese makes wine (particularly red wine) taste even better – and vice versa.