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Ways to spruce up grilled cheese [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 06:00 PM

Sorry if this topic was done a million times before.

I'm havin a snack attack and feel like a grilled cheese sandwhich but want to spruce it up somehow.

Shameful answers such as adding cheeze wizz and potato chips are especially welome because that's what I'm going to do unless I get a better idea :)

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    wyogal RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 06:04 PM

    spicy mustard

    1. mamachef RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 06:08 PM

      Slices of tomato, bread and butter pickles, and bacon.
      Yep, plain tater chips crushed on IS wicked, and delicious.
      Caramelized onions and Swiss cheese. Patty melt, voila!!
      Mix salsa into the meat and top with crushed tortilla chips, cheese, salsa, guacamole...
      Red-wine/mushroom pan sauce with blue cheese crumbled on top
      Sauteed garlic spinach and feta crumbled on top
      Treat it like a Cubano: Swiss cheese, sliced ham, dill pickle. Grill it, and press pretty hard w/ spatula while you do, or, after you flip it, put a heatproof dish on top of the sammie and weight it with a heavy can of something or other.
      Grilled cheese w/ chili ladled on top
      Have a good meal. :)

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        debbiel RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 06:09 PM

        Caramelized onions
        Multiple cheeses (I love cheddar and cream cheese)
        Fig preserves
        A nice spicy chutney of some sort
        Sautéed spinach and or mushrooms
        Very thinly sliced apples
        +1 on the spicy mustard

        1. paulj RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 06:10 PM

          call it panini

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            Jjjr RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 06:30 PM

            mmm, those all sound good (the ones that were ingredient suggestions)

            Unfortunately I don't have most of those. I guess it'll be potato chip, sliced tomato and hmm, I still need one more thing. I WISH I had spicy chutney or something along those lines because that's what I'm missing.

            I need some kind of paste-ish.... spreadable substance. I used up all my spicy mustard already and turns out I don't even have cheeze wizz. I would make an olive tapanade but I don't have olives and I would caremlize onions but my roomate complains I'm 'stinkin' up the place,' when I do that plus it takes too long. Any ideas?

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              mamachef RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 06:35 PM

              You need to tell us what's on hand!!

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                debbiel RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 06:37 PM

                Well, down the road, get a new roommate. One that appreciates the wonder of caramelized onions.

                Peanut butter. And I'm serious. Grilled cheese, tomato, peanut butter, and banana is very, very good.

                Or a nice fruit preserve.

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                  janeh RE: debbiel Feb 25, 2012 06:54 PM

                  Chopped green chilis.

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                    mamachef RE: debbiel Feb 25, 2012 06:55 PM

                    I've been giving that some thought, debbiel. Many years ago I had a cheeseburger that was topped with mayonnaise that had been mixed with crushed salted peanuts, and it was, honestly one of the better things I've ever eaten. I didn't know the name for it at the time, but what I got was a blast of umami. I can totally see PB being great with the tang of cheese and the sweet fruitiness of the tomato. I'd have to ace to banana, but I could go whole hog on the rest. YUM! Thanks for the mem'ries!!

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                      Jjjr RE: debbiel Feb 25, 2012 06:55 PM

                      Basically I don't have what I want on hand so that's why I'm here complaining about it, lol.

                      As soon as I typed spreadable I thought of peanut butter and knew someone would suggest it.

                      F- it. I'm makin me a peanut butter, tomatoe, potato chip grilled cheese sandwhich

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                        cheepcheepcheep RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 07:04 PM

                        Sometimes I add pepperoni.

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                      meatn3 RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 07:12 PM

                      Something is seriously wrong with your roommate. Onions cooking is one of the most wonderful aromas there is!

                      Get a new roommate pronto!

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                        Jjjr RE: meatn3 Feb 25, 2012 07:19 PM

                        Oh he's not right in the head in any aspect. I do plan on getting my own pad very soon. Anyway about to taste this monstrosity. I can't believe I'm about to something with peanut butter and tomato right next to each other. Here goes..

                        first bite, the peanut butter is prominent and feels more like I'm eating toast with pb on it.
                        Second bite I get some tomato and cheese and still some pb and suprisingly.;.. the three work well together. Not sure if this solved my grilled cheese dilemma (would have loved some chutney or carmelizerd onions), but this is pretty good. I still have second half to enjoy so excuse me.

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                          mamachef RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 07:38 PM

                          Thank you for taking one for the home team, Jjjr. I am SO making this.

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                            Jjjr RE: mamachef Feb 25, 2012 07:54 PM

                            Do it! I'm totally stuffed I ate the whole thing. I wasn't super hungry but it killed my snack craving

                            *rude belch*

                            Hmm, I'm not sure if that will become a staple thing for me but as usual, in a pinch peanut butter always comes though. I will have to make a point to keep spicy chutney on hand though. Anyway back to gaming on the xbox360 for me.

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                              debbiel RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 08:04 PM

                              I just want to encourage y'all on the banana. Unless you hate banana, give it a try just once.

                              Glad you liked the sandwich!

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                        EM23 RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 07:14 PM

                        Finely diced raw onions are tasty and mellow out as the melt with the cheese.

                      3. EWSflash RE: Jjjr Feb 25, 2012 08:06 PM

                        Fresh roasted gren chiles. sliced, diced, whatever you want.

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