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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 November 23, just waiting to be looked at but the list grew as I continued to be too busy. That stopped today, when I was off of work and not feeling well. I wanted to rest so I why not sit on the computer and find some great grilled cheese recipes to post? That I did, and here they are.
You might ask why I am leading off this Grilled Cheese Roundup with talk of “Bonobos,” a brand or company you may have never even heard of. Well, that is actually a good question. Everyone out there needs to realize how awesome and fun this company is. Granted, I have only bought two pairs of pants from them, but they have me as a customer (and advocate) for life.
I recently bought a very nice coat from Bonobos. Unfortunately, it did not fit, but it appeared that they had a larger size that may work. I went through their very easy exchange process and was all set. I then made sure to email them just to make sure. They were actually out of the larger size but were very happy to help me in anyway they could. After a couple of emails back and forth, I received one email that started with this…
Sorry about the trouble here, all we ever wanted to be was your tomato soup and we definitely messed up here. It’s as if we used margarine instead of butter.
…and concluded with this…
Till then, sorry for the cheese up. I’m all grilled up about it.
It took me a second to realize that this Bonobos employee saw my grilled cheese email signature and took it upon himself to totally be corny, in a most awesome way. It gets better though. After I replied saying how awesome that was, another Bonobos employee replied with this…
Recipe for you:
Haloumi, sliced lemon and french bread (nearly crostini). Soak first two in lil’ bit o’ lemon juice, olive oil, salt and dill for a bit. Brush that on the bread and grill/castiron/nonstick skillet everything (including rind-on lemon slices). Stack, dress with a bit more of the mixture.
Since I am such a strong fan of the company and their employees, this recipe is definitely something I will be trying very soon. Sounds simple but also refreshing and delicious. But everyone needs to realize how awesome it is that I received a grilled cheese recipe from Bonobos, simply because I emailed them regarding an exchange that went a little haywire.
(courtesy joy the baker)
I am posting this one a little late, as cranberries are typically a Thanksgiving item, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t break the rules. Plus, I mean, look at that melted Brie in the photo…it looks amazing. Brie and like cheeses are just so unique in flavor that when made in any grilled cheese, you know you are going to have a great sandwich.
(courtesy how sweet it is)
Brussels sprouts: you either love them or hate them. On one hand, my mom loves them, on the other hand, most of America and myself do not.
I tend to assume that most people (read: all) love brussels sprouts when they are shredded into tiny pieces and combined with salt and garlic and balsamic and then layered in between thick, melty cheese and toasted bread, because if I like them? With this ridiculous. childish palate? Then everyone has to like them. Right? Right. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying something that tastes this good.
However, when you put it like that, brussels sprouts really don’t sound that bad after all.
(courtesy garnish with lemon)
This may seem simple after the balsamic brussels sprouts grilled cheese, but I am such a fan of balsamic that even the simplest grilled cheese with balsamic would be delicious. Plus, this is a balsamic glaze that you use as a dip for the appetizer grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum! Such a great and creative idea.
(courtesy She Knows)
Potato Chips. In a grilled cheese. ‘Nough said.
(courtesy Vegan Yack Attack)
Panera has made me a lover of bread bowls so I was very intrigued when I stumbled upon a grilled cheese bread bowl. Very creative and delicious looking.
Today was a day to do things a little differently, though. I’ve had some bread bowl loaves hanging out in my freezer, and I was just waiting for the perfect recipe to use them. What I thought of was an amalgamation of things that I love! One being tomato soup (with spinach in this case), another being sourdough bread bowls, and lastly, some cheddar shreds. All of the ingredients came together beautifully, with the browned bread bowl with its flavorful soupy filling and cheesy topping; it is definitely the epitome of comfort food.
(courtesy Two Blue Lemons)
Grilled cheese croutons seem to be the newest craze but something that I completely condone. Especially when they are photographed so well.
Recently, I have felt like my grilled cheese sandwiches have been missing something. They have not been as creative or unique as they could be. With this grilled cheese, I tried to turn the tide, even if it doesn’t appear to be that elaborate. As […]
This past Saturday evening, I attended The Lockview’s First Annual Grilled Cheese Festival with the sous chef and sous chef’s husband. I had heard of The Lockview but never visited nor had I really investigated their menu (PDF). All I knew was that they loved […]
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.
- Sliced Strawberries
- Sliced Mangoes
- Fruit Salsa (Strawberries + Mangoes)
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
ingredients were purchased at…
- Miles Farmer’s Market (Strawberries, Mangoes, Spinach, Gouda, Pumpernickel)