My “Grilled Cheese” Google Alerts have been piling up in my inbox and open tabs in my browser. I was saving the great grilled cheese sandwiches from around the web yet I had no time to post them. That time has come now, and it […]
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 […]
Grilled Cheese Roundup: Thomas Jefferson, Caramel Apple, Bacon Brie, Caramelized Onion, and Much More
Another, somewhat longer, installation of the Grilled Cheese Roundup. Hope you enjoy, especially because somehow Thomas Jefferson and cheese are mentioned in the same sentence!
A case could be made that one of the American founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, helped popularize Italy’s Parmesan cheese in America.
It seems likely that Thomas Jefferson, an educated man who enjoyed living well, had tasted Parmesan cheese in American homes even before becoming the U.S. ambassador to France. He took up this post in 1786, long before Parmesan began to be called Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese.
Who would have thought that Thomas Jefferson was a fan of Parmesan cheese and wanted to bring it to the States? I surely didn’t! Smartly, though, he realized that trying to produce true Parmesan cheese in the United States was futile as part of the allure of the cheese was the fact that it was produced in Italy itself. Regardless, his love for Parmesan cheese, definitely helped begin the intrigue of such an awesome cheese.
(courtesy How Sweet It Is)
Fall is in the air and the leaves are changing color. That means it is time for a fall grilled cheese. Caramel apple‘s tend to show up in grocery stores and farmers markets at this time of year so why not try it as a grilled cheese? This amazing sandwich uses REAL caramel sauce and honeycrisp apples to make a unique and wonderful fall grilled cheese.
(courtesy Smells Like Home)
With me keeping Kosher and not eating bacon, I normally wouldn’t post this sandwich. However, it looks good and fig is a unique ingredient that seems to be popping up as of late. Plus, just because I don’t eat bacon, doesn’t mean the rest of the world doesn’t eat it also. Brie and fig jam (and bacon) seems like a great combination that should be tried by all the bacon lovers out there (which I know there are a ton).
(courtesy The Naptime Chef)
I love caramelized onions. I really, really love caramelized onions. The flavor is simply amazing. So when I saw The Naptime Chef made a grilled cheese consisting of caramelized onions (and swiss cheese), I had to post it for everyone to see.
When someone posts a gallery of 10 original grilled cheese sandwich creations, how can I not post it? The above, “Cheezy Peas,” features mild cheddar and cooked peas. Looks and sounds pretty good to me! Other creations include “The Swiss Fun Guy,” featuring gruyère cheese, sautéed mushrooms, shallots, and fresh thyme; “Cruciferous Cheese Sandwich,” featuring gruyère cheese and thinly sliced roasted cauliflower; “Garlic Fries Melt,” featuring white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced roasted potatoes, and whole roasted garlic cloves. Definitely take a look through yourself and see which one is your favorite!
Grilled Cheese Roundup: Remembering Steve Jobs, The Melt (Good or Bad?), Grilled Cheese 9 Ways +2 More, Antique Cheese Graters…
Steve Jobs 1955-2011 (courtesy apple.com) “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been […]
I have been a fan of POM (pomegranate) juice for awhile but only recently began drinking it again. After purchasing a few large bottles of their standard pomegranate juice, and then drinking it, the thought crossed my mind to somehow use said juice in a […]
In a tribute to Valentine’s Day, I had to create a grilled cheese sandwich with strawberries, a main ingredient of the holiday. Last year, I went with a strawberry/mango grilled cheese, so this year I had to switch it up just a bit. I kept with the strawberry theme and instead of mangoes went with oranges. I figured the strawberries and oranges would go well together and I was correct. (more…)
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 […]
With the Passover holiday continuing, tonight, I replaced “normal bread” with our lovely friend matzoh. Even with having to eat it for 8 days straight every year, it is starting to grow on me. It seems that most Jews dread this holiday simply because of […]
Before I update everyone on tonight’s Sunday Dinner, I must play catch-up one more time and write about the yummy grilled cheese I cooked on January 18, 2009. So far, it was probably the best sandwich I have created for Sunday Dinners.
- Brie Cheese
- Goat Cheese
- Apple Slices
- Sliced Tomato
- White Fancy Bread That I Forget the Name of
Brie and apple is a pretty standard combination and translated very well to a grilled cheese sandwich. Add in the tomato and you have a great sandwich. The main problem that I had with the grilled cheese was the amount of goat cheese that I used. At times it overpowered the sandwich when it wasn’t meant to be the main ingredient. The brie was was the star, and unfortunately, it took a back seat.
The bread choices for all of the grilled cheeses, have worked perfectly, including for this sandwich. With the help of my sous chef, we have worked out a method to get the bread crunchy and the cheese perfectly melted. Unless we choose a really off-the-wall bread, I do not see it bringing down the overall taste of the grilled cheese.
Next time, if I were to remake this grilled cheese, I would do my best to only put a very thin layer of goat cheese so that it acted as a supporting ingredient instead of the star. If I am able to do it correctly, this would be an even better sandwich than it already was.
the grilled cheese:
With each sandwich that I have cooked, my technique and recipes have only improved. I have to be happy with this.
garden grilled cheese: A-
This grilled cheese was great and definitely one that I hope to remake in the future. However, the fact that I overdid the amount of goat cheese, which in turn overpowered the grilled cheese and the brie in particular, forces me to knock the grade down from perfect to almost perfect.
ingredients were purchased at…
- Miles Farmer’s Market (Brie Cheese, Goat Cheese, Apple, Tomato, White Fancy Bread That I Forget the Name of)