Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Paneer baked with sweet chili sauce

The last time I was at Trader Joe's I bought a bottle of sweet chili sauce. Yum! It tastes like Asian sweet and sour sauce with the addition of chili flakes. So, for this recipe if you don't have any sweet chili sauce you could substitute sweet and sour sauce, BBQ sauce, plum sauce, or any other sticky sweet sauce. If you want some heat add some chili flakes or chili oil.

If you're not familiar with paneer it is an Indian cheese that it very firm and mild tasting. It does not melt like other cheeses so it is great for baking and frying. We have a large Indian community here and so I can buy paneer at the grocery store. You can find paneer at any Indian grocery store or for this recipe you could also use very firm tofu or Halloumi cheese.

Slice the paneer into 1/4 inch slices and season with salt. Coat the cheese slices in olive oil and sweet chili sauce and let sit in the fridge for a couple hours. Heat the oven to 350F. Put the paneer slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with non-stick tinfoil or regular tinfoil, (recycle!), lightly greased with oil. Baked until the paneer is golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

Serve with tortillas or naan bread. Great in a sandwich, or over rice.

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