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Easy and Quick Snack for Lunch - Mediterranean Cheese Baguette
Member Name: Karonher
Advantages: Quick and filling
Disadvantages: As long as the cheese does not go too runny - nothing,
For a long time it has been quite easy to get a vegetarian meal in a restaurant at night and nowadays they are decent meals rather than an omelette or salad, but it is at lunchtime I find it most difficult especially in pubs.
When we went to Leicester a few years ago, we stopped off at a pub for lunch and I was quite pleased with the choice. The one that caught my eye was the Mediterranean Cheese Baguette. I am not too keen on the recent idea that aubergine and courgette are good for sandwiches but this was a bit different. It was mushroom, peppers and onion, mixed with cheese and olives.
I was a bit concerned that the bread may have been a bit soggy due to the melted cheese but this was not the case. The baguette was firm and just lightly toasted. Since having this I have made it plenty of times at home.
Rather than a baguette I often make toast and put the mixture on there. It only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish and depending on how much you use it is easy to make it so as you are having 2 of your 5 a day. I have tried this with a number of different cheeses and it works really well with any hard cheese.
I have found that the way I used to make it made the cheese too runny so now when I am making it I fry the onions and mushrooms, then add the finely sliced peppers then the olives, and mix them for about a minute.
It is only after I have taken them off the heat that I add the grated cheese, stir for about 20 seconds and then put it on the toast. If the cheese is mild or a bit bland I will add black pepper and this gives a different but just as nice taste.
It is a fairly cheap meal to make and as the cheese needs to be grated and then melted, it is ideal for cheese that has started to go a bit hard. I won't put amounts down as everyone will want to mix their own ingredients with an emphasis on their favourite vegetable, but as long as it is more than enough to cover the toast, with a little around the sides, it keeps me full for a good few hours.
If I have felt that I want something a little more filling, then I will use the mix and add it to a baked potato.
Summary: A great way to use up small amounts of ingredients.