Grilled Fontina with Lingonberry Preserves

October 28, 2010
4 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

I use the word grilled here as in grilled cheese sandwiches. I think this treat captures everything that is good about grilled cheese. Gooey melted cheese and the crunchy buttery crust of the bread although in this case the only bread is the croissant bread crumbs. The surprise here is the lingonberries which I really like to use as a dip for my "grilled cheese." —thirschfeld

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: thirschfeld is FOOD52 columnist, dad, and seasoned cook.
WHAT: Everything we love about grilled cheese, re-imagined.
HOW: Bread slices of fontina in buttery croissant crumbs, and fry 'em up.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Hot, crispy, melty cheese, topped with sweet-tart preserves? Grilled cheese just got a lot more fun. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • two 1/2 inch slices of a 4 x 4 piece of Danish fontina cheese
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup bread crumbs made from dried croissants
  • 1/4 cup clarified butter
  • lingonberry preserves
  1. Set up a breading station by placing the flour in a small casserole, whisk the eggs with the milk and pour them into a small casserole, and finally place the croissant crumbs into a small casserole. Line them up left to right starting with the flour then the egg wash and end with the crumbs.
  2. Cut each square piece of cheese into two triangles so you have four pieces total now.
  3. Dredge each piece of cheese into the flour making sure it is dusted with flour in all the crooks and crannies.
  4. Soak them in the egg was for a few seconds so the wash is absorbed by the flour. Otherwise when you remove it you will see the egg wash magically evaporate in spots leaving only flour.
  5. Now dredge the cheese into the croissant crumbs.
  6. Place them back into the egg wash, drain them, and then back into the croissant crumbs. It is really important that you double coat the cheese and make sure they are coated completely. You may even coat them a third time if you aren't sure. If they aren't completely coated they will leak the cheese and you will wind up with a hollow bread shell.
  7. Leave the cheese setting in the croissant crumbs. Place an 10 inch saute pan over medium high heat. Add the clarified butter.
  8. The butter is hot enough when you can drop some croissant crumbs in and they hesitate an instant and then start sizzling.
  9. Fry the cheese until brown and then carefully flip them with a spatula. It helps to tip the pan away from you so the oil runs to one side and then flip the cheese to the no oil side. Be careful not to splash the butter onto your hands.
  10. Brown the other side and serve with lingonberries on the side.

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8 Reviews

threefresheggs February 28, 2013
OMG. Devastating. Worse than buttermilk ice cream. I may was well go out and buy a new wardrobe of elastic-waist everything right now.
arielleclementine February 27, 2013
wow! what a very fun recipe! congratulations :D
ATG117 February 27, 2013
Would you say this can be served after being kept warm at a low temp or would you suggest only serving it when it can be eaten fresh out of the pan.
Hilarybee October 29, 2010
Yum! Perfect, as always.
Kitchen B. October 28, 2010
Delicious. The husband loves ligonberry jam - an IKEA mustbuy and with cheese, my sweet and savoury tooth is soothed
thirschfeld October 29, 2010
thanks Kitchen Butterfly.
friendlyoaks October 28, 2010
I love fried cheese! This sounds wonderful.
thirschfeld October 28, 2010
thanks friendlyoaks