Harvest Melt Recipe From Dave Danhi

Recipe adapted from Dave Danhi

Harvest Melt
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Harvest Melt adapted from Dave Danhi
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Total time: 30 minutes
  • 1 large butternut squash, seeded and sliced crosswise ¼ inch thick
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper1 stick plus 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened2 leeks (whites only), sliced ¼ inch thick1 tablespoon thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 8 slices multigrain bread3 tablespoons agave syrup3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar16 slices Gruyère or Swiss cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Toss the squash slices with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until the squash is soft and its edges begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 1½ tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet over moderately high heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the thyme, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Assemble the sandwich: Butter one side of a bread slice with 1 tablespoon butter and place it on a platter, buttered side down. Add 2 slices of cheese, 6 slices roasted squash, 2 tablespoons sautéed leeks, and a drizzle of both agave syrup and balsamic vinegar. Top with 2 more slices of cheese and another slice of buttered bread (buttered side up). Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more sandwiches.
  4. Heat a large skillet over moderately high heat (or an electric griddle to 325°). Add the sandwiches and cook until golden-brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes (lower the heat if the bread browns too quickly). Flip the sandwich and continue cooking until the cheese has melted.
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