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Spanish-Style Pressed Manchego Cheese Sammies and Spicy Salad

Spanish-Style Pressed Manchego Cheese Sammies and Spicy Salad


  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (eyeball it)

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • A few dashes of hot sauce

  • Lots of black pepper

  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 hearts of Romaine lettuce, cleaned, dried and chopped or torn

  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • Salt

  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained

  • A generous handful of pitted green olives, coarsely chopped

  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped

  • 1/4 cup sliced, toasted almonds

  • 8 slices crusty white bread

  • 3/4 pound Manchego cheese, sliced

  • 2 Piquillo peppers or 1 roasted red pepper, chopped


Grate the garlic with a Microplane grater or small side of box grater into the bottom of a large salad bowl. Add the sherry vinegar, mustard, hot sauce and pepper to the bowl, then whisk in about 1/3 cup EVOO in a slow stream.

Add lettuce and onions to the bowl and toss to coat. Season the salad with salt to taste. Top the salad with capers, olives, parsley and nuts. Pre-heat 2 tablespoons EVOO in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until EVOO is very hot. Make four sandwiches of bread, Manchego cheese and a sprinkle of chopped Piquillo or roasted peppers. Press with a brick covered in foil or with a smaller skillet weighted with full cans. Press and grill the sammies in the skillet until deeply golden and cheese has melted, 5-6 minutes, turning once. Cut sammies in half and serve next to HUGE piles of spicy Spanish salad.

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