Comfort and detox
The post title doesn’t give much I know, but that’s because today I’m sharing two things on the opposite side of the food scales. One as you can see above is the definition of comfort food: fried sourdough bread with plenty of cheese on top, this is something for you.
On the other side of the side of the scale is this.
I would love to tell you that this is some undiscovered wonder. I would love to tell you that this tastes incredibly good, but unfortunately, it’s only citrus juice and water and I’m stuck with 4 litres of this stuff for each day of the weekend. No food, just this. Not for fun really, doctors orders I’m afraid for steering the health back in the good direction (cuz I’d never give up food for drinking watery juice for two days…) and like any person deprived of food I’m dreaming of something very comforting today, like this little stack of bread.
A small cultural note here, fried bread like this is probably the most favorite snack in Lithuania, usually taken with beer, and beer my dears is the drink. We have countless number of breweries and quite a few restaurants that make beer on site, and some locations more in the countryside where they make beer such that one glass is usually too little and two are well, too much; and indeed nothing goes better with beer than such bread.
Now you can have this bread two ways, one is simply fried bread rubbed with some salt and garlic (which is a snack I used to have very often at home) or with some mayo and melted cheese on top (that’s how you get bread when you order it in most restaurants). The first version is obviously a little healthier, but both are equally good. Even if you don’t fancy beer much, this is such an indulgent treat that simply cannot be skipped (and if I was in a position to eat something this weekend, I surely would).
- 250 g of bread (half rye, half wheat and preferably sourdough)
- 50 ml sunflower oil
- few garlic cloves
- 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 200 grams of grated cheese
- pinch of white pepper
- Heat the oil in pan.
- Slice the in slices as in the photo above and fry on both sides until nicely brown. This will go very fast so take care not to burn. You will have to do this in batches.
- Once the bread is baked, transfer it on a paper towel to absorb extra oil, directly sprinkle with salt and rub with garlic.
- The cheese sauce can be made few way, you can make it as a sauce on side, by simply mixing mayo, cheese, water and pepper and heating it in the oven till it melts.
- Alternatively you can you pour sauce over the bread and heat it in the over or microwave altogether till the cheese melts. Enjoy!