Cheddar and mango — funny combination, don’t you think? I first had a cheddar mango grilled cheese when my brother-in-law discovered a recipe for “grown-up grilled cheese.” I’m not sure where he got it from, but there was a gorgonzola and honey version, and a cheddar and mango chutney version. Both were amazing.
For this version, I used champagne mangos because they taste more like the true mangos you find in warmer climates. Sometimes you can get a good traditional mango (the kind that are green and rosy on the outside) but it’s hit or miss. The champagne mangos are pretty consistent with good mango-y flavor, but they’re also only temporary. They’re at Whole Foods now.
If you can’t find a good mango, you can use mango chutney. It’s slightly different but still good. Use the best sharp cheddar you can find — this is what carries the sandwich. The bread is important too. I used black russion bread. It was kind of like pumpernickel and had poppy seeds on the outside. The seeds got nice and toasty during the grilling process.
Next month I may bring a new food theme to the blog. You’ll have to wait and see!!
Mango and Cheddar Grilled Cheese
3-4 slices champagne mango, sliced very thin (or 1-2 tablespoons mango chutney)
2-3 slices sharp white cheddar
1 tablespoon butter
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