Fully Loaded Turkish Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Kumru)

Turkish Grilled Cheese

Kumru
Kumru with kasseri cheese, tomato, sausage, and pickled cucumbers and chiles.Matt Taylor-Gross

This specialty of Çesme, a small beach town in Turkey, is one of the world's great grilled cheese sandwiches, in which the cheese itself is grilled before getting slipped into toasted bread with raw tomato and optional (but highly recommended) toppings of griddled sausage and pickled cucumbers and chiles.

Proper kumru bread is nearly impossible to find outside of Turkey. As a substitute, modify our four-hour baguette into a proto-kumru loaf by shaping the dough into four loaves with sharp tapered ends, running a long slash down the middle instead of on the diagonal, and blitzing the top with sesame seeds. As for the cheese, we recommend sheep milk kasseri over cow for its richer and more pungent flavor. If you can't find kasseri, provolone or Gruyere make worthy substitutions.