Cafe food at home: The ‘anytime sandwich’ recipe

Summer holidays and good weather call for carefree outdoor eating with friends. And super easy recipes of course. That’s why we’re featuring the perfect ‘anytime sandwich’ recipe by Evan Faull from Knead Bakery, as featured in his new book Cook Cafe Food at Home. Super easy to make, this gourmet sandwich is perfect for any time of day.

Grilled Cheddar Sandwich with tomato and red onion salad (above, right) ‘The secret of this sandwich is that it is pan-fried. Gently, over a low heat, allowing the cheese to melt, mingle and bubble and the bread to crisp to a golden-brown deliciousness. It’s the perfect anytime sandwich.’

Ingredients Olive oil, for frying | 1 clove garlic, peeled | 1 spring fresh rosemary | 4 tomatoes, seeded and diced | 10g chopped fresh parsley | ½ red onion, thinly sliced | salt and freshly ground black pepper | 200g farmhouse cheddar | 20g whole-grain mustard | 2 egg yolks | Dash of Worcester sauce, or to taste | 5g fresh parsley | 2g finely chopped garlic | 8 slices ciabatta or white country loaf | 3 plum tomatoes, sliced

Instructions 1. Place the olive oil, garlic clove and rosemary in a pan and heat slightly. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the tomato and onion salad by mixing together the diced tomatoes, parsley and red onion. Season to taste and set aside. 2. Mix the cheddar, mustard, egg yolks, Worcester sauce, parsley and garlic together. Season to taste and set aside. Place four slices of bread onto a board and layer evenly: first with slices of tomato and then with cheddar mix. Season and place another slice of bread on top. Brush the surface of the bread with the infused oil. 3. Heat a frying pan on a low heat. Place one sandwich at a time in the pan and fry on both sides until the bread is golden brown and the cheese mix has melted. Serve warm with a generous heaping of tomato and onion salad. Serves 4.

Buy the latest Summer Issue of ELLE Decoration to see more cafe food recipes, as well as our round-up of outdoor eating hotspots – a list of favourite rooftop, deck, pavement, garden and courtyard eating.

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