Seven years ago (gosh has it been that long???) I lived for about ten months in Paris. It was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. Until now I still keep dreaming about all the food I ate while I was there. Do you want to know something though? The food that I keep dreaming about is not even French food at all. Ironic right? It was food from all other nationalities living in Paris. In my opinion, the Chinese food was the best in Paris. The Greek, the Japanese and the Indian food was amazing. The Lebanese (first time I ever tried this kind of cuisine) in Paris was also so, so good. My roommate and I used to go to this stand near the Pompidou that had the BEST wraps. Their wraps consisted of ingredients that I didn't even think worked well together like mint and grilled cheese.
It all sounds so interesting right? Anyway, I can't remember exactly the name of the stand and hopefully If I ever make it back to Paris, I can still go there and try to find it. For now I tried to recreate it with flavors that I remember tasting and also researching what spices to uses to make my own wrap Lebanese. Of course I had to put in mint leaves (it was the most essential part i think!) plus several cheese and spices like cumin and cinnamon. Read on to see how I made my own version of a Lebanese inspired grilled cheese.
Ingredients : Ground cumin seed, pepper, ground cinnamon, cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, a tortilla wrap, mint leaves, garlic, fresh nutmeg, chicken breast.
Cut up the chicken breast into small chunks like these.
Chop up the garlic and mint leaves.
Saute the chicken breast in garlic and a bit of olive oil. Add in the cumin seed, cinnamon, black pepper and grate the fresh nutmeg all over. Mix everything all together in the pan.
Add some of the chopped mint leaves and let it wilt for a bit in the pan.
Assemble the wrap : Put in the cooked chicken, cut up both kinds of cheeses and put in a generous amount. Sprinkle in the rest of the mint leaves on top.
Grill the wrap on both sides until cheese is melted and you see these lovely grill marks.
The combination of the spices and mint leaves with ooey gooey melted cheese is so good! It may not sound like the usual combo for a grilled cheese sandwich but you should try it out, it's different but delicious!
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