Grilled tomino cheese with sauteed zucchini

I’m baaaaack! Ugh, almost 2 weeks without a proper recipe post. Shame on me! Bad, bad, bad blogger….I really do have an excuse though. NYC! What an amazing place–a foodie heaven.

Quite honestly I ate so much that I’m a bit disgusted with myself….well, not really that digusted. I had a glorious brunch at ABC Kitchen, a wonderful dinner at TALDE in Park Slope, Brooklyn, various meats and cheeses and an outrageously good pappardelle with braised short rib ragu’ at Eataly, a medley of über fresh, cold oysters at the Grand Central Oyster Bar, authentic Vietnamese food from a restaurant in Chinatown, some great ceviche at Yerba Buena, some mediocre Mexican at Diablo Royale, and various other snacks and goodies along the way. Ummmmmm, I was only there for about 4 days, folks. I mean, come on…gluttony at its finest.

Dinner at TALDE–whole roasted fish, soft shell crab banh mi

Charcuterie and cheeses at Eataly

Brunch at abc kitchen. Morel mushroom pizza, eggs benedict, salmon with potatoes and creme fraiche, panna cotta

Oysters, mussels, and shrimp at Grand Central Oyster Bar

I saw so many old friends and thanks to them got to explore the city in a whole new way. I steered clear of all the usual tourist activities and really focused on eating (obviously) and enjoying the great company I was with. NYC has so many wonderful food options that there just isn’t enough time (or money!) to experience them all. On my next trip I plan to visit a whole other slew of great eats and restart the discovery process!

So about this cheese. Let me tell you something about this cheese, please ( I apparently became a rhyming rapper while I was away). I have been looking for this cheese for years….I’m serious! I eat this cheese every year when I go to Italy and have searched high and low for a place that carries it in Miami and can never track it down so you can imagine the happy dance that I did when I walked into Eataly and eagerly scanned the endless shelves of cheese and there it was! Major, super-duper, dork-to-the-max happy dance! You better believe that I bought myself a cooler bag and took home 4!! 🙂

This is a cooking cheese meaning that it’s best grilled or pan-fried–the reason being is that is has a rind similar to Brie cheese so when you cut it open the cheese oozes out and makes your life just a tad better. In my case, it makes my life a whole lot better. I need to get out more. Cheese really shouldn’t excite anyone this much.

Paired with some simple sautéed zucchini and you have an amazing cheesy, gooey, get-in-my-belly appetizer!

Here’s what you need:

2 wheels of Tomino cheese

2 zucchini, sliced

1 medium onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

olive oil/salt/pepper

Here’s what you do:

If you have a grill use that sucker!! We’ve already established that I don’t so I’ll be using a grill pan. Grill the tomino until it has grill marks and feels soft and gooey to the touch. The trick is to not grill it too much or it will break open on the grill pan instead of your plate. No bueno.

For the zucchini, saute your onion in some olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Toss in your garlic for about a minute being careful to not burn it. Toss in zucchini and splash of water. Cover and let it simmer. The zucchini will become soft and it should be ready in about 10-15 minutes. Toss in some fresh parsley at the end if your little heart desires.

Plate the tomino with some of the zucchini on top and cut it open. Let the magic begin…Have a great week!!

Happy cooking!

–Melissa

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4 Comments on “Grilled tomino cheese with sauteed zucchini”

  1. July 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Delicious. I have been living in the US for 5 years, and I still haven’t found tomino yet 😦

  2. gincoolette
    July 3, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    E’ la Mia passione il tomino alla griglia con Lo speck. Have been looking everywhere too for it- and when I get to Italy I always eat it!!!

  3. May 31, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    I can be your sous chef when you prepare your next feast? I wash dishes too!! 🙂

  4. virginiaalamode
    May 30, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    YUM.

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