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As simple as a toasted sandwich, but it tastes better!

Panfried melted cheese hawawshi

Oozy melted Gouda cheese gives classic hawawshi a whole new dimension.

PREPARATION TIME 10 minutes
COOKING TIME 10 minutes
Panfried melted cheese hawawshi

1 lb minced meat (preferably 15% fat)

3 medium onions

1 medium green chili pepper (for medium spicy)

1 large green pepper (diced)

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

6 whole baladi breads cut in half or 12 pita breads

12 slices Frico Gouda cheese

1 cup vegetable oil

Mince onions in a food processor, making sure they are thoroughly minced but not pureed.

Finely chop green bell pepper and chili pepper.

In a bowl, mix the minced meat with onions, green and chili pepper. Add salt and pepper and mix until well combined. For best results, leave to marinate in the fridge for a few hours.

To prepare the sandwiches, cut the bread into halves. Fill each half with one heaped tablespoon of minced meat. Spread it evenly in the bread so it cooks evenly.

Place one slice of cheese in each half baladi. You may need to cut the cheese to fit properly in the sandwich.

Brush the bread with oil on both sides.

Heat a large frying pan, then lower the heat to medium and place one baladi half (or two if the pan is big enough), cheese-side up.

Leave the bread to fry for a few minutes. Gently press down. When the bread is golden and crispy, turn it to the other side. Let it cook until golden, then remove and place on kitchen tissue to get rid of residue oil. Repeat the process with the rest of the sandwiches.

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