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The Havana Grilled Cheese



– 1 pasilla pepper stemmed and seeded – 2 tablespoons California butter softened – 8 (1/2-inch thick) slices rustic French bread cut on the diagonal to make slightly larger – 4-6 ounces California Monterey Jack cheese thinly sliced – 4 ounces thinly sliced ham – 1/2 ripe mango peeled and thinly sliced
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Cut pepper into 4 long strips and place skin side up on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil for 3 minutes or until skin is blackened; bring up sides of foil to enclose and set aside for 5 minutes. Remove skin and cut pepper into thin strips. Butter one side of each bread slice and place buttered side down on a cutting board. Top half the bread with cheese, pepper, ham and mango; close sandwiches. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, tenting with foil after turning.

Makes 4 servings.