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Sweet Dumpling Squash Grilled Cheese

Sweet Dumpling Squash Grilled Cheese

There is no doubt in my mind that Cabot knows how to promote their cheeses. Not only do they send new, free cheese on a regular basis, which is awesome in of itself, they also send little extras that make their package even more amazing. […]

Tintern Cheddar & Mushroom Mayo Grilled Cheese

Tintern Cheddar & Mushroom Mayo Grilled Cheese

Yesterday, it was time to head to Earth Fare Solon and get my free ice cream sundae. And buy some cheese. I have looked through Earth Fare’s cheese department but only once bought cheese from there. It was time to truly search through their cheeses […]

Fried Avocado & Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

Fried Avocado & Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

Last week, Whole Foods had a buy one get one free special on Fresh Mozzarella cheese. The minute I received the email, I knew I couldn’t resist, especially since I was off that day. I mean, who doesn’t love Fresh Mozzarella? It was the perfect beginning to a new grilled cheese sandwich. Sure, at that point I had no idea what else I would be adding to the sandwich but it was a start. I had the cheese…now I just needed the other ingredients. Such as fried avocado. (more…)

Balsamic Drizzled Mixed Greens Grilled Cheese

Balsamic Drizzled Mixed Greens Grilled Cheese

Finally, I have returned with a new grilledshane original creation. Sure, I flirted with a sandwich that highlighted an awesome local cheese, but it has been forever since I actually created a new grilledshane original. It was time. It was definitely time. I haven’t truly made […]

Purple Potatoes Grilled Cheese

Purple Potatoes Grilled Cheese

I begin this entry with a riddle: Name a blue food that is not a blueberry, blue M&M or blue corn tortilla chip… …. Did I give you enough time? Need some more? Think of any? Yeah, didn’t think so. Blue foods are a rarity. […]

Gruyere & Gorgonzola w/Hazelnut Butter Grilled Cheese

Gruyere & Gorgonzola w/Hazelnut Butter Grilled Cheese

When The Christian Science Monitor volunteered to send me a copy of Laura Werlin‘s new grilled cheese cookbook, grilled cheese please, in turn for a review, I asked where do I sign. Seemed like a no brainer to me.

The last time I wrote a book review was probably sometime in grade school for some book I probably never even read. I know I still owe one to my Sunday School teacher. (I’ll get on that right after I finish this review.) And now, here I am writing a cookbook review, a grilled cheese cookbook review for that matter. I would definitely say this is an improvement and that I am moving up in the world. I wonder what fun will happen next.

Prior to knowing I was going to write this review, I was planning on cooking a sandwich from Ms. Werlin’s first grilled cheese cookbook, Great Grilled Cheese. I briefly thumbed through, trying to find that perfect recipe. I stumbled on a cucumber grilled cheese that looked promising, but honestly, none of the recipes really excited me (as they did when I originally purchased the book). Sure, I have to discount some because of the whole meat+milk/Kosher thing, but although the vegetarian ones looked interesting, I couldn’t find the one. That all changed once I received grilled cheese please!. (more…)

Cotswold Cheese & Blue Grilled Cheese

Cotswold Cheese & Blue Grilled Cheese

I had not truly thought about creating a grilled cheese sandwich for tonight’s dinner until I was driving with the sous chef to see Billy Elliot. I was not prepared with any great ideas or recipes to choose from. Not until I arrived at Whole […]

Grilled Cheese Academy’s “The Athena”

Grilled Cheese Academy’s “The Athena”

Have you visited The Grilled Cheese Academy, yet? If not, I am not really sure what you are waiting for. Included in this site are 30 unique grilled cheese sandwich recipes with stunning photography. (It doesn’t hurt that Pam from The Office does the voiceovers.) […]

Tapenade Grilled Cheese

Tapenade Grilled Cheese

Yes, there has been a slight delay in writing about this grilled cheese (and the one after, a crushed tortilla and avocado sandwich). I do apologize but I have been busy finishing up my last few days as a webmaster and diving right into the food industry. Yesterday was my last day with a company and routine I had known for 3+ years. Now, I am full-time employee of the food/restaurant business (aka Nordstrom) and I could not be more excited. I believe I am meant to be out of the office and in the restaurant, back OR front of the house. Right now Nordstrom, later the world (or just my own restaurant). But before I conquer the world, it is time to recreate Macheesmo’s Tapenade Grilled Cheese.

ingredients:

Tapenade Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Swiss Cheese

the cheese: middlefield swiss

Swiss is a standard cheese; one that I enjoy very much but know little about. Why not learn together?

Hailing from Switzerland and traditionally named for its region of origin, the term “Swiss cheese” is no longer limited to that part of the world. Many varieties of the pale yellow, nutty-flavored cheese are now produced all around the world.

Swiss cheeses from Switzerland, like the famous Emmental and Gruyere, are typically crafted of unpasteurized, raw milk. Swiss cheeses produced in the United States, like Aged, Baby, and Lacy or Lorraine Swiss, are made from pasteurized cow’s milk.

Aged Swiss is a strong, sharply flavored cheese. Its texture is firm compared to the other varieties. Both Baby and Lacy Swiss are semi-soft with a relatively milder flavor. Baby is made with whole milk, and Lacy is made with low-fat milk.

Swiss cheese hues range from a creamy ivory to a deeper yellow. Its flavor, often described as nutty, varies from very mild to quite sharp.

One question people often have about Swiss cheese is how it gets its holes. Actually, these holes are technically called “eyes,” and they are formed by microbiological activity. There are three strains of bacteria used in the production of Swiss cheese; one of the bacteria strains gobbles up the lactic acid that the others produce, emitting carbon dioxide in the process. This emission makes bubbles, which in turn forms the eyes. The speed of the bubbling process – and the size of the eyes – can be impacted by acidity, curing time, and temperature. (ProfessorHouse.com)

thoughts

In my hunt for grilled cheese recipes/news, I found Macheesmo.com and his Tapenade Grilled Cheese (pictured above). The minute I saw the grilled cheese, I knew I wanted to recreate it, even if I am not the biggest fan of olives. I had set out to create this grilled cheese for a couple of weeks but only did I have the chance to do so on January 24. Sure, I switched it up a bit, Swiss instead of Mozzarella, Italian instead of sourdough, fresh basil for dried basil, but I believe both of our goals were the same: to make one kick ass grilled cheese sandwich.

Tapenade Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Garlic

In order to make the tapenade, I did as I was told and roasted the garlic. This is a simple process (brush olive oil over a headless head of garlic and then place in oven for ~20 minutes) that even I did not screw up. I have in the past left the garlic roasting for too long but this time, it came out perfectly.

Tapenade Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Sundried Tomatoes

I am not sure how Macheesmo made his sundried tomatoes, nor am I sure how I made mine. For this particular ingredient, I let the sous chef take over as she is a self professed sundried tomato expert. (Can’t you tell by the awesome looking tomatoes above?)

Tapenade Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Olive Tapenade

Tapenade Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Olive Tapenade

Tapenade Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Olive Tapenade

Once the tapenade is mixed together (olives + sundried tomatoes + roasted garlic), you have completed the most difficult steps. Now we just need to find the bread…

Tapenade Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Vienna Italian Bread

Instead of the sourdough that was used in the recipe, I used Vienna Italian, as chosen by the sous chef. I did not know there was a difference between Vienna Italian bread and Italian bread, but there is. Am I the only one who did not know this?

Here is a definition for Vienna bread from encyclopedia.com:

Loaf with a very crisp, thin, highly glazed crust, with cuts on the upper surface, coarser than ordinary bread and with gas holes. It is baked in an oven which retains the steam.

Now that we had the tapenade made and the bread chosen, it was simply time to make the grilled cheese…

the grilled cheese:

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tapenade grilled cheese: A-/B+

Overall, I would say this was a good attempt. The reason I hesitated to make this grilled cheese, olives as a main ingredient in the tapenade, was also the reason I can not say I loved this sandwich. When all of the flavors melded together and were not strong, the grilled cheese was really good. However, when I did get a strong taste of olives, the grilled cheese was only okay. Therefore, if you are a true olive fan, you will love this tapenade grilled cheese no matter what. If you are not really a fan of olives, I would say try this grilled cheese but maybe cut back on the 1/3 cup of olives that the recipe recommends.

  • Cheesiness: A-. The Swiss cheese melted so I would say the cheesiness was there, it just wasn’t extremely overpowering.
  • Combined Fillings: A-/B+. When mild: great. When strong: not so great.

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Asiago Grilled Cheese

Asiago Grilled Cheese

It was a busy Sunday consisting of working at Nordstrom and traveling to Best Buy to find a nice, new HDTV, so I did not have much time to prepare an elaborate grilled cheese. (I had hoped to create Macheesomo.com‘s Tapenade Grilled Cheese but that […]