Grilled Cheese and Chocolate Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese and Chocolate Sandwiches


A unique, Puerto Rican twist on the famous grilled cheese sandwich.
  • 1 pound Pan Sobao, cut into 1" thick slices (or challah, brioche, Italian, or French bread)
  • ½ stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese (queso de papa) shredded by hand
  • 2 bars (about 3 ounces) sweet chocolate (chocolate Cort├ęs), plus more to taste cut into shards
  1. Heat a large frying pan over moderate heat. You should be able to hold your hand a few inches from the surface of the pan for 10 seconds without it feeling painfully hot.
  2. While you're waiting for the pan to heat, butter one side of each bread slice. Set your oven to warm for holding your grilled sandwiches, if needed.
  3. Once the pan is hot, place two slices of bread into the pan- buttered-side down. Nestle the bottoms of the slices together so they are touching one another. This helps to avoid losing too much cheese or chocolate when covering the unbuttered sides of the bread.
  4. Sprinkle a generous handful (about a ¼-1/2 cup) of cheese onto both slices of bread. Follow that with 2 tablespoons-1/4 cup of chocolate. The more chocolate you add, the sweeter the sandwich will taste.
  5. Be sure to disperse the chocolate shards amongst the cheese shreds. The cheese will assist in melting the chocolate completely. Top the cheese and chocolate sprinkles with a second slice of bread- making sure to place the buttered-sides up.
  6. Grill the sandwiches for 4-5 minutes per side, carefully flipping when the bottom is golden brown.
  7. If you find the cheese hasn't begun to melt after you flip the sandwiches, cover your pan with a lid or a sheet of aluminum foil. If, however, you find the bread is getting too dark, too fast, lower the stove's temperature.
  8. When grilled correctly, both the cheese and chocolate should be fully melted and gooey.
  9. Transfer the grilled cheese and chocolate sandwiches to a platter or sheet pan and keep them warm in the pre-heated oven while you grill any remaining sandwiches.
  10. Serve and enjoy immediately after grilling.

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