A while ago a bought a jaffel iron at the Milnerton market, I had been looking for one for ages. Obviously I hadn’t looked hard enough as apparently you can find them at Builders Warehouse and various Spar’s. Anyway this market is the one I go to to find most of my props, and I found my vintage (but new) jaffel iron there and I was very pleased.
There are times when you just need your sandwich to be toasted, and the best part about a jaffel for me is:
a) you can quickly whip up a gourmet toasted sandwich in an instant. It can be put directly onto your hob gas flame with no need to haul out the heavy toasted sandwich maker from the bottom of the cupboard which requires time to heat up and cool down.
b) its perfect for one.
c) its portable and can be taken camping.
I was determined to make a jaffel that was even better than my childhood memory of them, and I love the combination of these ingredients which sort of make a ‘pizza’ like filling for my jaffel. The mozzarella melted to a lovely oozy consistency and this was a simply heavenly lunch. It was also a delicious snack after a night out with a few glasses of wine.
I don’t bother to butter the bread on the inside, and just butter the outside of the slice to prevent it from sticking.
I put finely sliced red onions on the bottom followed by the mozzarella. Here I prefer to you fior di latte. Then I add a big basil leaf followed by a slice of ripe tomato. A generous grind of black pepper and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes is all this toasted sandwich needs to take it to perfection.
Do you get jaffel irons in your part of the world?
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