Monday, December 12, 2016

Grilled Cheese for Grownups

Goat Cheese and Fig Preserves on Cinnamon Raisin Bread (
Tomato Soup with Three Cheese Grilled Sandwich

Grilled cheese isn't just for kids anymore.  Who doesn't love the simplicity?  You can dress it up or dress it down.  Grilled cheese lovers in the 1930's called their grilled cheese sandwich "the cheese dream".  Well, isn't it?  Here are a couple of my favorite ways to serve one of my favorite childhood sandwiches.  What's your favorite?

Three Cheese on Italian Bread (Turano Pane makes a perfect grilled sandwich!)
for 4 sandwiches
8 slices bread, 6 ounces shredded Cheddar, Muenster and Fontina cheeses, 2 tablespoons fig preserves, 2 tablespoons softened butter

Preheat lightly oiled griddle or sandwich maker.  Butter one side of each slice of bread.  Place 4 slices on your griddle, buttered side down.  Spread cheeses on each slice and top with another slice of bread, buttered side up.  Cook until underside is golden and the cheese is melting.  Turn with a spatula and cook on other side until golden brown.  Serve immediately.

Goat Cheese and Honey with Fig Preserves on Cinnamon Raisin Bread
makes 4 sandwiches
8 slices cinnamon raisin bread, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature), 6 ounces fresh goat cheese, 2 teaspoons honey, 2 tablespoons fig preserves

Prepare bread with butter as mentioned above, but place 4 slices of bread butter side down on your work surface.  Spread the cheese evenly over the bread, then drizzle the honey over the goat cheese.  Spread fig preserves over the honey and place remaining bread slices on top, buttered side up.  Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden.  The cheese will become soft and creamy.  Serve immediately.

Great suggestions for sides are:  coleslaw, waffle fries, potato chips, pickles, apples and grapes..

I love easy meals offering a side of comfort!

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