Rustic Ricotta Pie

7 T extra virgin olive oil
5 oz. salami, sliced and julienned
2 oz. prosciutto, sliced and julienned
5 oz. fresh pecorino, cubed
5 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed
7 oz. sheep’s milk ricotta, drained
2 eggs, beaten, plus 1 egg for wash
3-1/2 C flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
dry white wine

Heat 2 T olive oil in a skillet. Add salami and prosciutto; saute until hot. In a bowl, combine salami, prosciutto, cheeses and 2 eggs; mix well.
Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour with 5 T olive oil, salt and enough wine to make the dough come together. Knead well on a floured surface and cut into 2 uneven pieces. Roll out both pieces into 1/4-inch-thick circles. Grease a tart pan and line it with the larger piece of dough. Spread the filling inside, cover with the remaining dough and crimp the borders. Brush with 1 beaten egg. Bake for around 1 hour, or until crust is golden. Serves 8

Roasted Red Pepper, Baby Spinach & Goat Cheese Sandwiches

•   2 cups baby spinach leaves (2 oz.)
•   3 tbsp. raspberry vinaigrette
•   4 slices dark wheat or whole grain bread
•   2 drained roasted red peppers, cut into strips (2 oz.)
•   1 oz. goat cheese
•   2 tbsp. thinly sliced green onions

Directions
1. TOSS together spinach and vinaigrette. Arrange spinach mixture on 2 slices bread.
2. TOP with red peppers, cheese, green onions and remaining bread.

Serves 2

Chocolate-Hazelnut and Goat Cheese Melt

Makes four sandwiches

8 tablespoons (about 1/2 cup) Nutella (or other hazelnut-chocolate spread)
4 ounces Appleton Creamery Classic Plain goat cheese, at room temperature
8 slices country white bread (1/4 inch thick)
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

In a small bowl, stir the Nutella and cheese together.

To assemble: Butter one side each slice of bread. Place four slices on your work surface, buttered side down. Spread the cheese mixture evenly over the four slices so that it is about 1/4 inch thick (if it’s any thicker, the sandwich will be too gooey). Place the remaining four bread slices on top, buttered side up. Cut off the crusts (this helps pinch the bread together to create a tight seal).

Stovetop method: Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat for two minutes. Put the sandwiches in the skillet (in batches if necessary), cover and cook for two minutes or until the undersides are golden brown and the cheese has begun to soften. Uncover and turn the sandwiches with a spatula. Cook for one minute or until the undersides are golden brown. Turn the sandwiches again and cook for 30 seconds, or until the cheese is soft and creamy. Serve immediately.

adapted from
GREAT GRILLED CHEESE: 50 INNOVATIVE RECIPES FOR STOVETOP, GRILL, AND SANDWICH MAKER, by Laura Werlin, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 2004