Between two bread slices lies a solution for everything, you guys. And by “everything” I mean “mostly hunger,” but, sshhh. We’ll get to the rest in due time (as in, I have a cocktail post for later this week). Life is mostly chaos and weird feelings and hot beverages flying straight onto your pants on a Tuesday morning, but sometimes… Sometimes, you get to eat a sandwich, so let’s keep hustling, #makeitwork, and always buy black pants.
…And black sesame to match. Right? Let me tell you about this grilled cheese sandwich.
I imagined this flavor combination every which way that is humanly (or robotically, I guess) possible. Obviously, I settled on the easiest and simplest route to enjoy peaches, miso, and black sesame simultaneously, because: (1) it increases the odds that somebody will actually make this, and (2) miso and black sesame compound butter = OMB. (Oh My Beyonce, obviously.)
Compound butter either sounds like something you make with all your sister-wives, or something very scientific and complicated. It’s none of the above. If you’ve ever wanted a PB&J but only had one slice of bread, and proceeded to just mix peanut butter and jam together and spread that hot mess on your last-soldier bread slice… You’ve made compound (peanut) butter–and you probably weren’t even wearing pants. That is a low(er) carb lifestyle I can get behind.
As you can imagine if you’ve eaten these things individually and enjoy them, miso and black sesame butter is a delight. I’ve eaten my share of it just slathered onto bread, and I’m fairly sure that if I made enough to be considered a full batch, my butter/sodium intake would go up by eleventeenfold. While that’s basically the plan if I ever hit the fine age of 90, for now, it doesn’t suit my lifestyle. #YOLOITB: You Only Live Once In This Body. (Why aren’t these catching on?!?! Be more existential, internet.)
Anyhow, back to the butter talk. You end up with a salty and savory mixture, with crunch and a little bitterness from those darling little black sesame seeds. Coat the outside of your (already delicious, might I add) summer riff on a grilled cheese sandwich, and you might become your very favorite person.
Be your own sister-wife/brother-husband, is what I’m saying.
(I’m sorry; my brain is high on butter and I like you. Good talk!)
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons yellow or white miso paste, softened
- 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
- 2 slices bread
- 1/2 a peach, sliced thin
- 2 slices mild, well-melting cheese (mozzarella used here). (1/4 cup or so shredded cheese would actually work better, than slices so be smarter than I was.)
- In a small bowl, stir the butter, miso, and sesame seeds until well-combined and smooth. (Note that this actually makes enough for two sandwiches, but you don't want to run out, so. Make two sandwiches, or eat leftover butter later with a spoon maybe?)
- Spread miso-sesame butter over the outside of the bread slices, coating all the way to the edges. This is not the time to be stingy with butter. Layer peaches and cheese between the bread.
- Cook sandwich over medium heat in a skillet (preferably cast iron) for a few minutes on each side, flipping more than once if it browns too quickly, until cheese is completely melted.