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Pumpkin Pie Grilled Cheese

Pumpkin Pie Grilled Cheese

I must wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you had a great holiday, spent with family and friends. What a great time of year for sure. Now onto the food…and the pumpkin pie grilled cheese.

Mackenzie Creamery Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

Mackenzie Creamery Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

This week, I decided to search the Internet and my Grilled Cheese Book for recipes that included goat cheese instead of creating my own. I have been nibbling at this cheese ever since I bought it but had not yet used it in a starring […]

An Upgraded Grilled Cheese

An Upgraded Grilled Cheese

Before I describe this grilled cheese, I thought I would tell all of you about a new goal I have. Ever since I started this blog, I have wanted to become the end all, be all expert when it comes to grilled cheese. I am still on the right track, I just realized that I needed to focus a little more. I need to become an expert on cheese prior to becoming a grilled cheese expert. Therefore, I have done something that has shocked everyone that knows me: I have bought and begun reading a book. (I don’t read books, trust me. This is new for me!) Last Thursday night, I traveled to Barnes & Noble and picked up two books, one dedicated to grilled cheese sandwiches and one dedicated only to cheese, both by Laura Werlin. Although I have only begun reading, Cheese Essentials has is quickly teaching me all about cheese. I am well on my way to becoming a cheese expert, as long as I stick to it. And there is my new goal: stick to learning about cheese. As long as I stay on the right path, I will not only become a cheese expert, yet I will soon become a grilled cheese expert as well. If you know of any other great cheese books, please let me know in the comments. Now onto the yogurt cultured cheese… (more…)

Tofu Grilled Cheese (aka The Meagan)

Tofu Grilled Cheese (aka The Meagan)

I must start out this entry with a massive thank you to my friend Meagan. After a lackluster Tofu: Round 1, she suggested how to cook tofu and create a grilled cheese sandwich. I took her advice and and because of her recipe, I created/cooked […]

Basil Peppercorn Grilled Cheese

Basil Peppercorn Grilled Cheese

After choosing this sandwiches cheese, I needed to decide how to incorporate my crusting idea into said cheeses. I searched the Internet a bit but did not find any inspiration. I decided to go it alone. That has been dangerous in the past, but tonight, […]

Veggie Quesadilla

Veggie Quesadilla

A quesadilla is a Mexican snack food made of cheese (and occasionally other ingredients) wrapped in uncooked masa (cornmeal dough) and fried, or cooked inside a corn, wheat or flour tortilla. The word comes from Spanish, and literally means “little cheesy thing” or “cheesy” (from queso, or “cheese”, + ada, an adjectival suffix, + illa, a diminutive suffix). (Quesadilla @ Wikipedia)

So, a quesadilla is made of dough or flour or wheat and usually contains cheese and other ingredients and literally means “little cheesy thing.” Doesn’t that sound exactly like a grilled cheese sandwich? I think so. Therefore, today, I christen a quesadilla a Mexican grilled cheese. If you disagree, please take it up with the boss. Now onto the veggie quesadilla.

ingredients:

  • Asadero Cheese
  • Colby Jack Cheese
  • Veggie Mix
  • Spinach Tortilla Shells

Veggie Quesadilla: Asadero Cheese

the cheese: asadero

Previously, I tried Cocina Selecta’s Queso Quesadilla cheese and I really enjoyed it. The Queso was a great Mexican cheese that I loved so when I decided to make an actual Mexican grilled cheese, I tried another Cocina Selecta cheese: Asadero. Prior to cooking, I take a minute, try the cheese, and form an opinion. Tonight, upon tasting the Asadero cheese, I almost decided to skip the meal and continue to munch on this heavenly cheese. That is how good this cheese was.

This famous cow’s milk cheese from the Oaxaca region is a stretched curd variety similar in texture to Provolone. White or pale yellow, the semi-soft cheese is kneaded and wound into balls before being plunged into brine for several minutes. It has a mild to sweet and buttery flavor…learn more about Mexico and The Caribbean cheeses.

This cheese was mild. It was sweet. And it was buttery. Oh and did I mention that it was awesome? I do not really have anything to add to I Love Cheese’s description other than to say, if you are able to try this cheese, you should. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Veggie Quesadilla: Colby Jack

the other cheese: colby-jack

Now that I have told you to go buy some Asadero cheese, let’s move on to the other cheese of the evening: Colby-Jack. Although I believe we have used it before, my search says we have not. Like the Asadero, this cheese is soft and buttery, but it has a nice, subtle kick to it. Although it is not the preferred cheese of the evening, it should not be discounted.

Take two things you love a lot and blend them together. That’s the story of Colby Jack. A combination of Colby and Monterey Jack, Colby Jack’s flavor ranges from mild and mellow, to lightly sweet, to sharp and tangy.

Usually marbled white and orange, Colby’s as fun to eat as it looks. Slice some Colby Jack and eat it with apples, pears or dark breads like pumpernickel and rye. (ILoveCheese.com)

thoughts

Tonight’s veggie quesadilla mixture included the following ingredients, which were inspired by this recipe at AllRecipes.com.

Veggie Quesadilla: Quesadilla Mixture Pre-Sauteing

  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Carrot
  • Shallot/Onion
  • Portabello Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Red Chili Pepper

Veggie Quesadilla: Quesadilla Mixture During Sauteing

I tried to use ingredients within the veggie quesadilla that are a-typical and I believe that I have succeeded. I mixed all of the above ingredients together and then sauteed them in a pan until they were beginning to soften. Once that happened, I scooped the mixture onto half of the tortilla shell, placed the Asadero and Colby-Jack cheese on top and then folded over the shell. I then popped that into the oven and baked it until the cheese was completely melted. Pretty simple, if you ask me!

Veggie Quesadilla

One of my go-to complaints when creating these sandwiches is that there is not enough of a kick. Well, let me tell you, tonight’s veggie quesadilla was definitely not missing the kick. It was there and present. I am glad that I finally created a grilled cheese with a kick, although, it probably would have been better toned down a bit.

Veggie Quesadilla

I believe that all of the ingredients included in the mixture, of which there were a lot, worked perfectly together. I was not able to taste any of the ingredients individually, but together, they tasted great. There was some crunch and some smooth, all leading to a great texture combination. Oh and with the melted awesome cheeses, this was something good. At times, the cheese did overpower the other ingredients. To combat this in the future, I may use less cheese, so just so the vegetables could shine as well.

the quesadilla:

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veggie quesadilla: A

No matter if you agree with my assertion that a quesadilla is just a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich, you should try this. It was good and something I would make again, regardless if I was looking for a grilled cheese or not. The typical veggie quesadilla is usually just a few different types of cheeses, so this is definitely a step-up. I have a third left to eat, which I plan on doing tomorrow evening. If any other thoughts pop into my head, I will make sure to add them.

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Hash Brown Grilled Cheese

Hash Brown Grilled Cheese

Breakfast and by extension hash browns, is a meal that I love. The same can be said for grilled cheese sandwiches. Therefore, I thought why not combine a part of breakfast (hash browns) with my favorite sandwich? It was a no-brainer… ingredients: Homemade Hash Browns […]

Salmon Grilled Cheese

Salmon Grilled Cheese

A few weeks after I began the Sunday Dinner Grilled Cheese meal, my mom my sous chef, suggested that we do one week with salmon. The minute she mentioned that I thought, “Yuck!” I really did not think it sounded very good. A salmon grilled […]