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Haven Extras – Summer 17

 In Haven Summer 2017

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Bulgarian feta, onion, lemon and mint toastie in egg batter

An edited extract from Chefs Eat Toasties Too (see Haven Review)

Chef Darren’s tip: soft-style bread like brioche is essential to soak up the eggy batter.

8 slices brioche loaf
150g Bulgarian feta, crumbled
175g mature cheddar, grated
10 fresh mint leaves, finely shredded
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Freshly ground black pepper
160g caramelised onions
180g unsalted butter

Chive egg batter
3 eggs
150ml full-cream milk
40g grated Parmigiano Reggiano
4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Freshly ground black pepper

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C. For the chive egg batter, mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Mix feta and cheddar together in a bowl, add mint, lemon and pepper. Evenly distribute the cheese mix between four slices of brioche, pushing the filling to the edges. Place the caramelised onion on top of the cheese. Top with the remaining brioche slices and gently press down.

Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat, add half the butter and melt. Briefly dip two of the sandwiches in the egg batter on both sides. Place sandwiches in the pan and cook for four minutes. Use spatula to flip over and cook for another four minutes. Transfer sandwiches to a baking paper lined baking tray. Repeat the steps for the remaining two sandwiches.

Place tray in oven and cook sandwiches for six minutes. Remove from oven and leave them to sit for a minute before cutting in half. Serve immediately.

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