Grilled cheese recipes
I've gotten on a grilled cheese kick and am looking for upscale recipes, things like brushing the bread that touches the hotplate with olive oil before cooking, use goat cheese and aspargus for the filling; etc.
Anyone have any tasty recipes?
I had a great sandwich a few months ago. It was manchego cheese with ripe comice pear on walnut bread drizzled with honey. It wasn't grilled, but I think grilling would only make it better.
I don't know if this comes under the heading of "upscale" but the following is my favorite version of a grilled cheese sandwich. Everyone I've ever made one for in my lifetime has swooned!!!
I start out by frying an onion until it carmelizes. Set the onion aside. Use any kind of cheese you prefer and any kind of bread you like. I always use a nice dense whole wheat bread that was either homemade or from a bakery rather than the supermarket. Butter the outside of both slices of bread and also melt a little butter in a pan, and slowly, on medium to low heat, brown both sides of the sandwich. Doing it slowly ensures that the cheese will be melted all the way through.
When the cheese is thoroughly melted and the bread is nicely browned on both sides, remove from pan and open the sandwich and place the onions on the sandwich. Slice a beautiful juicy ripe red tomato and place on the sandwich before closing it up. I NEVER grill the sandwich with the tomato already on the sandwich because it makes the tomatoe gooey (yuck!). By waiting till the end to put the tomato inside, you get a big juicy squirt of tomato with every bite.
This grilled cheese sandwich is heaven on earth.
Brush the bread that touches the hot plate with MORE CHEESE before cooking! Browned cheese on the outside of the sandwich..mmmmmmmmmm.