Monday, September 22, 2008
I figured since I made tomato soup yesterday, that there really is no better follow-up than grilled cheese. Since I made a rich and flavorful soup, I decided I needed a grilled cheese that was more than just white bread and American cheese. What I came up with was the tastiest grilled cheese sandwich, I've ever made at home. It was absolutely perfect dunked in yesterday's soup.
Grown-up Grilled Cheese
2 slices whole wheat bread
1 1/2 slices white extra sharp cheddar (if you don't buy sandwich slices, enough thin slices from a block of cheese to cover a slice of bread 1 1/2 times)
1 1/2 slices Asiago cheese (if you don't buy sandwich slices, enough thin slices from a block of cheese to cover a slice of bread 1 1/2 times)
1 slice Gruyere (if you don't buy sandwich slices, enough thin slices from a block of cheese to cover a slice of bread 1 time)
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1. Heat nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Butter 1 side of each bread slice.
2. place one slice of bread, buttered side down in heat pan. Place on top of bread one layer of cheddar, one layer of Asiago, one layer of Gruyere and top with remaining cheddar and Asiago. Top the whole thing with last slice of bread, buttered side up. Cover skillet and let cook slowly for approx. 5 minutes or until bread becomes golden.
3. Carefully flip sandwich and cover, letting the other side grill to a nice golden color, approx 5 minutes.
4. Flip sandwich again, lower heat to low, cover and let cook for 5 more minutes. Repeat on other side. This step is to help melt the cheese without toasting the bread anymore.
5. Finally bring heat back up to medium, giving each side a blast of heat while covered to crisp up the bread. Approx 2 minutes per side. Cheese should be oozing out the side of the sandwich now.
6. Remove to cutting board and carefully cut in half. Serve with this tomato soup.
I love all kinds of things on grilled cheese...tomato, bacon, ham, avocado, but I have to say this one stands alone really well, especially with the soup. If you aren't having soup with it, go crazy with whatever fillings you like. This sandwich with tomato soup is the ultimate comfort food, in my opinion. It's not low-fat or low-calorie but every once in awhile it does the trick!