Grilled Cheese Roundup: Bonobos, Cranberry Brie, Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and More Grilled Cheese Goodness
With everything that has been going on in my life, including my first ever book signing, work and Thanksgiving, I had no time to sift through all of my grilled cheese Google alerts that were cluttering up my inbox. I had alerts dating back until November 23, just waiting to be looked at but the list grew as I continued to be too busy. That stopped today, when I was off of work and not feeling well. I wanted to rest so I why not sit on the computer and find some great grilled cheese recipes to post? That I did, and here they are.
You might ask why I am leading off this Grilled Cheese Roundup with talk of “Bonobos,” a brand or company you may have never even heard of. Well, that is actually a good question. Everyone out there needs to realize how awesome and fun this company is. Granted, I have only bought two pairs of pants from them, but they have me as a customer (and advocate) for life.
I recently bought a very nice coat from Bonobos. Unfortunately, it did not fit, but it appeared that they had a larger size that may work. I went through their very easy exchange process and was all set. I then made sure to email them just to make sure. They were actually out of the larger size but were very happy to help me in anyway they could. After a couple of emails back and forth, I received one email that started with this…
Sorry about the trouble here, all we ever wanted to be was your tomato soup and we definitely messed up here. It’s as if we used margarine instead of butter.
…and concluded with this…
Till then, sorry for the cheese up. I’m all grilled up about it.
It took me a second to realize that this Bonobos employee saw my grilled cheese email signature and took it upon himself to totally be corny, in a most awesome way. It gets better though. After I replied saying how awesome that was, another Bonobos employee replied with this…
Recipe for you:
Haloumi, sliced lemon and french bread (nearly crostini). Soak first two in lil’ bit o’ lemon juice, olive oil, salt and dill for a bit. Brush that on the bread and grill/castiron/nonstick skillet everything (including rind-on lemon slices). Stack, dress with a bit more of the mixture.
Since I am such a strong fan of the company and their employees, this recipe is definitely something I will be trying very soon. Sounds simple but also refreshing and delicious. But everyone needs to realize how awesome it is that I received a grilled cheese recipe from Bonobos, simply because I emailed them regarding an exchange that went a little haywire.
(courtesy joy the baker)
I am posting this one a little late, as cranberries are typically a Thanksgiving item, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t break the rules. Plus, I mean, look at that melted Brie in the photo…it looks amazing. Brie and like cheeses are just so unique in flavor that when made in any grilled cheese, you know you are going to have a great sandwich.
(courtesy how sweet it is)
Brussels sprouts: you either love them or hate them. On one hand, my mom loves them, on the other hand, most of America and myself do not.
I tend to assume that most people (read: all) love brussels sprouts when they are shredded into tiny pieces and combined with salt and garlic and balsamic and then layered in between thick, melty cheese and toasted bread, because if I like them? With this ridiculous. childish palate? Then everyone has to like them. Right? Right. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying something that tastes this good.
However, when you put it like that, brussels sprouts really don’t sound that bad after all.
(courtesy garnish with lemon)
This may seem simple after the balsamic brussels sprouts grilled cheese, but I am such a fan of balsamic that even the simplest grilled cheese with balsamic would be delicious. Plus, this is a balsamic glaze that you use as a dip for the appetizer grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum! Such a great and creative idea.
(courtesy She Knows)
Potato Chips. In a grilled cheese. ‘Nough said.
(courtesy Vegan Yack Attack)
Panera has made me a lover of bread bowls so I was very intrigued when I stumbled upon a grilled cheese bread bowl. Very creative and delicious looking.
Today was a day to do things a little differently, though. I’ve had some bread bowl loaves hanging out in my freezer, and I was just waiting for the perfect recipe to use them. What I thought of was an amalgamation of things that I love! One being tomato soup (with spinach in this case), another being sourdough bread bowls, and lastly, some cheddar shreds. All of the ingredients came together beautifully, with the browned bread bowl with its flavorful soupy filling and cheesy topping; it is definitely the epitome of comfort food.
(courtesy Two Blue Lemons)
Grilled cheese croutons seem to be the newest craze but something that I completely condone. Especially when they are photographed so well.