To say the my husband, Van, likes cheese would be a SERIOUS understatement. When we married I had no idea that cheese would become a major part of my life. #truth!
I used to buy a block of cheese and maybe a bag of shredded cheese a week and sometimes it would last us more than a week!!! No!! no longer do I live with this paltry pittance of cheese!! I am now living in the land of abundance of not just multiple blocks of cheese, but types as well and I now also understand that the grilled cheese sandwich is serious business and there is no limit to the types of cheeses and the pairings of toppings! I felt challenged! I would bring grilled cheese to new heights-proving my undying love for my husband. Ok, a bit much?? But he legit loves cheese and a nice grilled cheese can make his day. I'm happy to oblige.
There is a time for the basic - Just cheese (with tomato soup obvs), but there is a world of grilled cheese sandwiches out there, give it a try!!
Here are some to get you started:
Basil and Tomato: add slim slices of red onion, fresh basil, and Italian seasonings to the cheese(s) of your choice. Nice combos: Cheddar and cream cheese, Mozzarella - firm and fresh, aged gouda...
Spinach and Tomato Relish Grilled Cheese - Sautee spinach and a few slices of onion, salt and pepper until all are tender then set aside. Prepare the Tomato Relish ahead. Assemble the sandwich: Add a layer of cream cheese to the inside of one slice of bread, top with spinach and onion mixture, add Tomato Relish, Grated Mozzarella, and (optional -Mayo mixed with chopped jalepeño).
Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese - Purple Carrot (shhh, we use non-vegan cheese most of the time)
Kimchi Grilled Cheese - NYT Cooking. Tip: try dicing sweet pickled jalepeños into the mayo - I like the ones from Trader Joes. The sweet spicy flavor mixes well with tang of the Kimchi.
Walnut Pesto, Pear Grilled Cheese - Tom Colicchio
Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches - The Week
Spicy Grilled Cheese with Fried Green Tomato - A Spicy Perspective
21 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in America - The Thrillest
Try using grated cheese in smaller amounts to make it a little more healthy. I find a little goes a long way once you add the other goodies.
Instead of butter on the outside of your bread try mayonnaise, it doesn't scorch as easily.
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