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baked cheese!!! as the barefoot contessa would say ” how easy is that?” seriously. how easy is this? it’s pretty damn easy. i mean, how come i never thought of this before?

i love that i post about melted cheese on a monday morning, just in time to highjack the healthy grocery shopping list i made last night. i will try and save the brick of fontina that currently resides in my fridge for company!

but that is exactly what this dish is perfect for. got a brick of cheese on hand? pop it in a cast iron skillet with herbs and salt and pepper and you will be named martha of the year by your guests!

i used jarslberg for this one, but i think fontina would be great or any other good melting cheese like gruyere, emmentaler, cheddar, asiago, gouda, or blue. the jarlsberg got a bit tough once it cooled, but it was still yummy!

chop up your cheese into cubes. you can shred it as well if you are looking for a small arm workout .

roughly chop up 2-3 cloves of garlic and throw in the skillet with the cheese.

sprinkle on lots of fresh chopped herbs. i used basil, mint, rosemary, dill and dried oregano. honestly, any combo could be good here! i was worried about the mix of the herbs, but it was really good. the mint was actually great! thyme, of course, should be in there, but i didn’t have it on hand.

drizzle with lots of olive oil.

sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 350 until melted!

serve with bread.

reap the rewards!




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  1. March 27, 2012

    Your photos are lovely. I will have to make this sometime because I love the idea of baking the cheese and getting a little crust. Thanks.

  2. March 25, 2012

    A life without cheese is no life indeed. Thanks for the yummy post reminding me of this.

  3. March 22, 2012

    Yuuuuummmmmm! I am going to make this soon! I saw Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa make something very similar too.

    • March 22, 2012

      yes, she was my inspiration. i think ina garten has taught me most of what i know about cooking! i love her!

      • March 22, 2012

        I love her and Giada!!! My two favs!

      • March 22, 2012

        i got to meet them both! i worked on a food network show last year. they are both very nice!

      • March 23, 2012

        Are you serious?!?!?!? You are sooooo lucky! I would to have such an oppertunity to work on foodnetwork!

  4. March 21, 2012

    Reblogged this on K a t s . K l e i n.

  5. March 20, 2012

    I just have to say that your pictures are gorgeous!

    • March 20, 2012

      well, thank you!!!! i have been working hard to get them up to par! i really appreciate your thoughts!

  6. March 19, 2012

    Very similar to Racclette – never thought to use mint! I’ll have to try it – thanks for posting!

  7. FoodieMel #
    March 19, 2012

    This is so simple but looks sooooo good! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  8. March 19, 2012

    i cannot contain myself. i need this.

  9. Donna #
    March 19, 2012

    woah…wow! that’s pure heaven!

  10. March 19, 2012

    looks like a combination between fondue and racclette 🙂

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