Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

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Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

Many summers ago, I spent a few wonderful weeks at the Côte d’Azur with my aunt, uncle and cousins. We stayed at a beautiful house in the middle of the green hills around Grasse, a picturesque town which is also called the world’s capital of perfume. I think I wrote about this trip last year but after almost 500 posts I’m losing track! Never mind, I often sat with the girls of the family, my aunt and two cousins, at the pool in the garden. It was a little French paradise with all kinds of flowers, lavender, jasmine and roses turned this place into the most fragrant oasis. We had our girl chats, chilled, swam and ate, a perfect holiday!

Although I won’t go to the French Riviera next month but to Malta (which I look forward to with growing excitement!), I had our peaceful Grasse garden scene in mind when I came up with today’s sandwich. Imagine sitting on the fresh grass, feeling the warm morning air on your skin and the smell of a million flowers around you. You wear a summery dress and enjoy the quiet peace of the early hours of the day which is only interrupted when you take a big bite of this crunchy grilled baguette sandwich topped with chèvre, cherry tomatoes, olives, garlic, thyme and pecorino (I’m sorry, I had no French substitute at hand). Doesn’t this sound just right?

Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

 

Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

 Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

As a lunch for two you need

rustic French baguette (around 25cm / 10″), cut in half, 1
olive oil 2 tablespoons
chèvre (preferably Sainte-Maure de Touraine), very thinly sliced, 70g / 2 1/2oz
cherry tomatoes, cut in half, about 6
black olives 6
garlic, thinly sliced, 1 clove
fresh thyme leaves, from a small handful of sprigs
pecorino (or any other aromatic hard cheese), freshly grated, 2 generous tablespoons
black peppercorns, crushed in a mortar

Set the oven to 220°C / 430°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the bottom half of the baguette on the lined tray, brush the bread with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and spread the chèvre and then the tomatoes and olives on top. Sprinkle with the remaining olive oil, thyme, garlic, pepper and pecorino. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the tomatoes are soft. You can also bake the top half of the baguette for the last few minutes. When it’s done, sprinkle with a little fresh thyme, season with salt (if necessary) and enjoy!

Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

 

Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

 

Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

 

Grilled Tomato, Chèvre and Thyme Baguette Sandwich

 

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