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Monday, December 15, 2014

Ostabrauð (Hot Icelandic Cheese Bread)

Since I planned to share more Scandinavian recipes here this month, it was about time to feature something from Iceland. And this something is just perfect for cold temperatures, and fast to throw together if you're preparing warm snacks for a little crowd of friends that drop by. Sliced bread buns go into the oven, topped with plenty of cheese and other toppings (like ham, pineapple rings and asparagus). Enjoy!
Recipe source: here and here.

Last year: Sărmăluțe în viță de vie (Romanian stuffed grape leaves).
Two years ago: Wood ear mushroom salad (Chinese) (raw vegan).
Three years ago: Bulgur pilaf with garlic.
Four years ago: Lebkuchen (German gingerbread) and Ragout with tarragon and white wine sauce (German).

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 4 slices of bread (or 2 buns)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 150 g cheese slices or grated cheese (preferably use Getost cheese if you can find it, or Gouda if not)
  • salt, pepper and paprika powder to taste
  • ham, pineapple rings or asparagus as toppings (I used all three)

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Slice the buns crosswise to create 4 slices of bread (or just get the slices). Spread the butter on top of them and divide the cheese on the tops.

Spice with salt, pepper and paprika powder to taste. Top with the slices of ham, and then pineapple rings or asparagus stalks, according to taste. 

Put them in the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes until hot and melty. Take out, allow them to get cool enough to be handled and it's done, dig in! :)

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