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The REAL Californian

8 (1/2-inch thick) slices rustic grainy bread, cut on the diagonal to make slightly larger

2 tablespoons California butter, softened

1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and coarsely mashed

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/4 cup diced tomato

2 teaspoons minced roasted garlic

4 to 6 oz. farmstead or sharp California Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

Butter one side of each bread slice and place buttered side down on a cutting board. Stir together avocado, salt and lemon pepper in a small bowl. Top half the bread with avocado, tomato, garlic and cheese; 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.

Recipe provided by the California Milk Advisory Board.

If you require photographs in a different format or are interested in additional information from the California Milk Advisory Board, please contact Rayanne Zackery, Ketchum for the California Milk Advisory Board, rayanne.zackery@ketchum.com.