If you are dying to see (more) photos of the royal baby… This might come as a shock, but I totally can’t help you.
However, if you’re dying to see photos of something seriously awesome, interesting, multifaceted, comforting and somehow sophisticated, here it is:
I’m sure George will grow up to be all those things too… But for now, I’m much more interested in* buttery, golden brown, glistening bread, oozing melted cheese, and a triple-threat salty, sweet and spicy flavor combo.
(*Unless they change their mind and name him Optimus Prime)
You see, ham is a right at home paired with sweet fruit–think Hawaiian pizza, prosciutto and melon, etc. And it just so happens that I’m a big fan of mangoes’ silky-firm texture, bright golden color and sweet-as-can-be, uh, sweetness.
On the other hand, mango and chili play nicely too. If you’ve ever tried dried mango with chili powder… You know the deal.
So the thought process goes: mango+chili, mango+ham, mango+chili+ham. And when it comes to putting flavors together, nothing quite rounds out the picture like bread and cheese, right?
Also, Hungry Globetrotter, a hot sauce subscription service (whaaat? yes! They send you fun, interesting, constantly-changing hot sauces a few times a year), kindly sent me a bottle of Bandar Spicy Mango Sauce to try out, and I love Bandar’s basic premise: Indian flavors for American palates, for use with American foods.
What’s more American than grilled cheese? Jazz? Baseball? I’ll give you those, but grilled cheese is definitely in the Top Ten America Things List.
And the sauce! The sauce is very Indian–fragrant, flavorful, tangy, and spicy (spicier than I expected, which I love). Also important: nothing suspicious or mysterious or unpronounceable on the ingredient list. Score, and score.
I think you could do this with basically any hot sauce, but like I said–I really like the idea of mainstreaming Indian flavors up in here.
I like this photo because it looks like a mouth, licking its lip and thinking, “Hot damn, I am a delicious little ray of sunshine.” And it totally is.
I forgot to mention the cheese… And this is where it shines. Melty and mild works well–this is fontina, coming at your plate, so hurry up, you know?
Don’t mind if I do.
Spicy Mango and Ham Grilled Cheese
2 slices white bread
1 slice ham
2 slices good melting cheese, like fontina, provolone or mozzarella
1/4 of a mango, sliced
2-3 tablespoons hot sauce of your choice (I used Bandar Spicy Mango)
I always feel like an idiot writing a recipe for a sandwich (you know what to do), but here goes!
Butter both slices of bread generously, then flip and spread hot sauce on the other side (don’t get lazy; get it all the way to the edges).
On the hot-sauced sides, layer a slice of cheese on each, then mango slices on one and ham on the other. Close that sucker.
Cook in a preheated skillet over medium-low heat until well browned and melted in the middle (about 4 minutes per side, but check and flip if it starts to get too browned). And there, you just made yo’self a sandwich!