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Porcini and taleggio fried sandwiches

Australian Gourmet Traveller Italian lunch recipe for porcini and taleggio fried sandwiches

By Adelaide Lucas
  • Serves 8
Porcini and taleggio fried sandwiches
Porcini and taleggio fried sandwiches


  • 16 5mm-thick slices of sourdough bread
  • 160 gm Taleggio, cut into 8 pieces
  • For shallow-frying: olive oil
Porcini salsa
  • 20 gm dried porcini, soaked for 20 minutes
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped thyme


  • 1
    For porcini salsa, strain porcini, reserving liquid, and finely chop. Heat oil in a frying pan, add shallots and garlic and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until soft. Add porcini and cook for 1 minute, then add ½ cup of strained reserved liquid, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until liquid has absorbed. Add thyme and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Makes ½ cup.
  • 2
    Using a 7cm-diameter cutter, cut a round from each slice of bread. Spread half
    of the rounds with salsa, top with Taleggio and sandwich with remaining rounds, pressing down lightly.
  • 3
    Heat oil in a frying pan and cook sandwiches for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on absorbent paper and serve.
  • Author: Adelaide Lucas