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Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Flaming Broiled Provolone with Parsley Toast

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Make the toasts: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil and garlic with a pinch of salt. Spread on top of the toasts and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the tray in the oven and cook until the toast is browned, 5-8 minutes. Remove from the oven, arrange on a platter and top with the parsley.
  3. Broil and serve: Arrange the cheese in single layer in a 9-inch baking dish and place in the oven to melt, 5-8 minutes. Turn on the broiler and place the dish under the broiler 2 minutes more. Remove, sprinkle with salt and place on the table next to the toasts. Pour the gin over the cheese and carefully light it until it flames. Watch the flame burn until it runs out and dig in!

Cook’s Note

This is fun for the drama of the dish. The Provolone and gin go so nicely together. The gin leaves a slightly herbaceous note behind with the tang of the cheese. You can arrange the bread on the table and just broil the cheese when ready to eat. I love how communal it is. The flame element makes me feel like I'm on vacation at a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Food always tastes better by the ocean...