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Grilled Cheese Roundup: Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Bread, New Food Documentary, & Many Grilled Cheese Recipes

Grilled Cheese Roundup: Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Bread, New Food Documentary, & Many Grilled Cheese Recipes

Instead of posting each individual item I stumble on only on Facebook, I will be posting roundups right here that highlight that day (or weeks) interesting grilled cheese web finds. I hope for this to be a regular feature, as long as I have the […]

Spicy Roasted Corn Grilled Cheese

Spicy Roasted Corn Grilled Cheese

I had hoped to create this mango/watercress/hummus grilled cheese for last Sunday, when my father told me he was not a fan of hummus. I was short on time and forced to come up with a new grilled cheese. The local Whole Foods just started […]

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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Homemade Salsa Grilled Cheese

Homemade Salsa Grilled Cheese

With the assistance of my sous chef, the recipes keep coming to me and keep improving. Each week I seem to write that this week was the best grilled cheese yet but it is the truth. As I continue to break out beyond the stereotype […]