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Free Lunch: Kerrygold Blarney Castle

Free Lunch: Kerrygold Blarney Castle

Recently, I was lucky enough to be sent free cheese courtesy of both Kerrygold [Instagram] and Cabot [Instagram]. In honor of this free cheese, and Grilled Cheese Month 2014, I have created the series, Free Lunch. In this series, I will be creating 4 different […]

Maple Leaf Apple Smoked Gouda & Morbier AOC

Maple Leaf Apple Smoked Gouda & Morbier AOC

With it being my day off (last Thursday), I decided that I would once again head to Whole Foods’ remnant cheese section and see what bargains I could find. I had just finished writing my previous entry, so I was excited to try some more […]

Have you ever had ‘Vintage Van Gogh’ or ‘Black Pepper Bellavitano’ cheese?

Have you ever had ‘Vintage Van Gogh’ or ‘Black Pepper Bellavitano’ cheese?

Recently, I traveled to Whole Foods to see if they had any type of potato bread (mix, fresh, not fresh) to turn this awesome Daily Spud recipe into a grilled cheese. Instead I stumbled on Whole Foods’ “cheese remnant” section (which I had thought they discontinued) where I found two cheeses I had never heard of: ‘Vintage Van Gogh’ and ‘Black Pepper Bellavitano.’ From there, I decided to make two simple, quick grilled cheese sandwiches featuring these cheeses and the onion rye bread I had sitting at home. Such a great idea. Since everyone is probably most intrigued by the Vintage Van Gogh, I will start with the Satori Black Pepper Bellavitano.

Satori Black Pepper Bellavitano

A creamy Cheddar-style cheese with a unique Parmesan taste – coated in cracked black peppercorns. American Cheese Society winner in 2009! (Cow’s Milk/Pasteurized) (Whole Foods Cheese Display)

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Three Year Aged Gouda Grilled Cheese

Three Year Aged Gouda Grilled Cheese

I was not planning on cooking a grilled cheese this week as I have a big quiz on Wednesday and needed to study. However, on Saturday at Whole Foods, I noticed that they had a three year aged Gouda on sale for $9.99 lb, originally […]

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!

Fruit Salsa Grilled Cheese

Fruit Salsa Grilled Cheese

Happy belated Valentine’s Day to everyone out there. I hope everyone had a great day and a great weekend. In honor of the holiday, I went with strawberries as one of my main ingredients for this week’s grilled cheese. Seriously, how could I not? Since I was going the fruit route, I took it a few steps further adding mango to the mix, as well as a fruit salsa (strawberries + mangoes), which all were  great additions. Overall, I would say that this grilled cheese turned out a lot better than I expected.

ingredients:

  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Sliced Mangoes
  • Fruit Salsa (Strawberries + Mangoes)
  • Spinach
  • Gouda
  • Pumpernickel

Fruit Salsa Grilled Cheese: Mango

I was originally going to make a strawberry/mango aioli, but ended up simply making a fruit salsa. The only ingredients that I added were a small amount of olive oil and salt. I mixed it up into a fine salsa (not chunky) and then spread it on the grilled cheese, both on the top and bottom.

Fruit Salsa Grilled Cheese: Strawberries

I was going to leave it at that, but then decided, with some assistance, to include actual slices of the mango and strawberries within the sandwich. I believe that the slices are truly what made the grilled cheese as great as it was.

Fruit Salsa Grilled Cheese: Salsa

Fruit Salsa Grilled Cheese: Salsa

I have not had strawberries in awhile so having them tonight was a great treat. However, the true treat was the mango. I could probably count on one hand how many times I have had mango in my whole life. The one I bought today was extremely sweet and extremely delicious. I said last week that I need to use alfalfa sprouts much more in my cooking. Well, that is the case, but much more true for mangoes.

Fruit Salsa Grilled Cheese: Spinach

The only issue that I had was with the spinach. We did not need it. I am not sure if it was because we chopped it up or if the mangoes/strawberries were so sweet, but I did not taste them at all.

Finally, the Gouda was a great cheese to use for tonight’s grilled cheese. It sat in the background, allowing the fruit to be the star. I would definitely use the Gouda for a future sandwich, where it could possibly be the standout ingredient.

the grilled cheese:

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fruit salsa grilled cheese: A-/B+

I believe that this was my most original recipe, including the fruit salsa, only taking cues from my mind. The other grilled cheeses I made had pieces and ingredients from other sources (sous chef/mom, internet, etc.). Therefore, while cooking this sandwich, I was very nervous that it would not live up to the idea I had in my head.

It did. Very much so.

I am not sure that I have had a “fruity grilled cheese” before, but I definitely would try more in the future, especially with various fruit salsa. This was a great sandwich and one that both my father and I enjoyed. That does not happen very often. Well done for sure.

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