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Blue Cheese Pasta Grilled Cheese

Blue Cheese Pasta Grilled Cheese

I have pushed the grilled cheese envelope before, with salmon, potato pancakes, quesadillas and bruschetta and am doing it again with pasta. My father recently purchased Ohio City Pasta and I have been trying to devise how to include said pasta within a grilled cheese. […]

Deconstructed Grilled Cheese

Deconstructed Grilled Cheese

I had two ideas for this week’s grilled cheese: Fettuccine Alfredo and deconstructed. Since the Alfredo grilled cheese did not sound healthy in the least (and I ended up making something similar down the road), I decided to go with deconstructed. (Also, my friend Jeremy […]

Laura Werlin’s Swiss Melt with Artichoke Hearts

Laura Werlin’s Swiss Melt with Artichoke Hearts

I had previously created a Laura Werlin original, Garlic Crusted Sourdough with Cheddar, and it was a huge success, becoming one of my more popular grilled cheese sandwiches. When I recently needed some quick inspiration, I decided to return to a known winner: Laura Werlin’s Great Grilled Cheese. I wanted to make sure that my father would enjoy the grilled cheese so I chose one with his favorite cheese, Swiss, and one of his favorite vegetables, artichoke. It was a great decision to make as both he and I enjoyed Laura Werlin’s Swiss Melt with Artichoke Hearts. (more…)

The Atlantic’s Pea Pesto Grilled Cheese

The Atlantic’s Pea Pesto Grilled Cheese

As you may already know, I receive Google alerts for any mention of the grilled cheese. Sometimes those alerts produce a great article, such as The Atlantic’s The Princess and the Pea, that includes an intriguing recipe like Pea Pesto & Manchego Grilled Cheese. I […]

Grilled Cheese Academy’s “The Benedict”

Grilled Cheese Academy’s “The Benedict”

Since I already wrote a mini-blog entry about this grilled cheese for Wisconsin Cheese Talk, this entry will be light on text and very heavy on photos. Enjoy!

Greens & Mushrooms Panini (NY Times)

Greens & Mushrooms Panini (NY Times)

I stumble across a nice amount of grilled cheese recipes on the Internet but normally read them and then close the browser tab never looking back. This was not the case with NYtimes.com’s Greens and Mushroom Panini. The recipe calls for greens, such as kale, chard, turnip greens or mustard greens, none of which I have eaten let alone included within a grilled cheese sandwich. I was intrigued. (more…)

Pizza Grilled Cheese v2.0

Pizza Grilled Cheese v2.0

recreation of pizza sub I have been creating and blogging all things grilled cheese sandwiches for over a year. Yes, I have taken a few weeks off here and there, but most of the time, when Sunday (or Monday) rolls around, I create a unique […]

Asparagus & Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette Grilled Cheese

Asparagus & Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette Grilled Cheese

I suggested that we go with a macaroni grilled cheese for this past Sunday’s sandwich but I was shot down. (The sous chef was worried that the sous chef’s husband (aka my dad) would eat too many carbohydrates and it would affect his sugar. FYI: […]

Tortilla Chips Grilled Cheese

Tortilla Chips Grilled Cheese

With this tortilla chips grilled cheese, I learned how a pan can make such a difference in something as simple as cooking a grilled cheese. Previously, I had been using a griddle that I believed to look great in photos and cooked pretty well. It is a pan that has been in the family forever so I thought, why change? I had no complaints. Well, I should have known there were actually plenty of reasons to upgrade pans.

Calphalon Unison Slide Nonstick Griddle & Sear Nonstick Grill Pan Set

Awhile back, my great aunt bought us some sort of something from Williams-Sonoma that we would not use. We originally exchanged it for a panini press but soon realized we wouldn’t really use it as often as hoped. (I am the only sandwich-aholic in the family.) That press was then exchanged for a pair of pans, one of which was a grill pan. This pan was used for this grilled cheese and hopefully the awesomeness can be seen in the photos. The pan browned/crusted the bread perfectly and allowed for a nice crunchy on the outside soft on the inside grilled cheese sandwich. This pan will be used for all future Sunday Dinners.

ingredients:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Avocado
  • Lemon
  • Fontina Fontal
  • Crusty Italian

Tortilla Chips Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Fontina Fontal

the cheese: fontina fontal

The taste of Fontina is dependent on its country of origin. The cheese I purchased is the American version of Fontina so it is more on the mild side with a smooth, creamy texture. As is the case with most cheeses, I really enjoyed this one. If the the particular country of origin is Italy, it has a more pungent flavor.

All fontinas must be made from cow’s milk. As a general rule, the milk is usually raw, and the best fontina cheese is made from milk which is as fresh as possible. The interior of the cheese tends to be a rich straw yellow to pale cream in color, and it is classically riddled with very small holes. The milkfat content is usually around 45%, so the cheese tends to be very rich and creamy, with a nutty flavor which gets stronger with aging. The cheese also melts very well, and it is sometimes included in fondue and similar dishes. (WiseGeek.com)

Tortilla Chips Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Tortilla Chips

thoughts

A couple weeks ago I was walking around Whole Foods hoping to get some inspiration for the next day’s grilled cheese. I passed tortilla chips on a shelf and a light bulb appeared above my head. Unfortunately, my inspiration stopped there for the evening so I went and recreated an other’s olive tapenade grilled cheese the next day. As I thought more about the tortilla chips, ideas began to come to me. Why not crumble the tortilla chips inside the grilled cheese? And even try and crust the bread with the tortilla chips? All great ideas.

Tortilla Chips Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Avocado

Also, what do people normally eat with tortilla chips? Either salsa or guacamole (mostly). Since I had already created a  salsa on a grilled cheese and did not feel like doing it again, I went down the avocado route.

Tortilla Chips Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Avocado

I have put guacamole on a grilled cheese as well, so I decided to go simply with sliced avocados. The avocados were, in my opinion, the only weak part of the grilled cheese. When it contributed to the overall flavors, it was perfect, but there were times where the avocado was a bit chewy and that is when there were issues. The chewiness did not ruin the grilled cheese by any stretch of the imagination, it would be just something to pay attention to in the future.

Tortilla Chips Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Lemon

Just to add a little citrus flavor to the grilled cheese, I included some fresh lemon juice on top of the avocado.

Tortilla Chips Grilled Cheese Ingredients: Crusty Italian

This crusty Italian bread from Whole Foods had a unique taste that was very yummy. As is the hope with most breads, this one was crunchy on the outside with a great, soft texture on the inside. Although I love going to local places for ingredients, after eating this crunchy Italian, I will no longer rule out Whole Foods.

the grilled cheese:

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tortilla chips grilled cheese: A

This new pan truly made a huge difference in how this tortilla chips grilled cheese was cooked. The cheese was melted perfectly and the bread was golden brown making a perfect grilled cheese. The last and only other time I used the same pan was when I created my most popular sandwich, the garlic crusted sourdough grilled cheese. I would say this pan is a winner and it will be the only one I use from here on out.

The flavors inside the tortilla chips grilled cheese, minus a chewy avocado every once and awhile, melded together to create an awesome sandwich. Unfortunately, since I took a bit of time to write about this grilled cheese, I don’t remember the exact taste, I only know it was good. This was definitely a winner and one that I would recommend everyone try.

  • Cheesiness: A. Perfectly melted.
  • Combined Fillings: A-. The combined fillings really made this a great sandwich. There was a great combination of flavors. I only gave the fillings an A- because of the avocado issue.

ingredients were purchased at…

  • Whole Foods (365 Tortilla Chips, Avocado, Fontina Fontal, Crusty Italian)
Sweetened Grapes & Brie Grilled Cheese

Sweetened Grapes & Brie Grilled Cheese

Since I knew I would be using the Brie for this particular grilled cheese, I decided to go sweet. Via GroupRecipes.com, I found a Brie and Grape grilled cheese recipe that was perfect. Ideas started popping out of my head including a grape and strawberry […]