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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Grilled Cheese Galore

When its rainy and gross outside, there are a few things that are necessary *at least for moi* to do.
1: wear something bright and colorful to contrast with the disgusting dreariness that is outside.
2: drink 3 cups of coffee sweetened like ice cream because that sugar boost is the only thing keeping me moving.
3: have a grilled cheese party.
Okay so feel free to skip steps 1 and 2, even though I recommend both, but you can't pass up step 3. There's something about oozing melty cheese on buttery pan toasted bread that pairs perfectly with a rainy day. Maybe because it takes all the warmth missing from life on these days and bundles it into a sandwich. Ya, thats it. This is the mentality my brother and I (and later Cole) all have, and we decided to take advantage of the opportunity and have our own grilled cheese party. For us, this meant taking our favorite cheeses, favorite toppings, and going to town between bread. They were delicious. We started off with a picnic style one; granny smith apple, brie, turkey, and honey. Then we eased our way in to our play on grapes and cheese, with brie and grape jelly. Finally we finished with the crème de la crème of grilled cheeses: cheddar, swiss, mozzarella, bacon, and garlic butter. Jake liked the apple best, and Cole liked the bacon one. Me? I liked them all equally. After reading those descriptions, I have a feeling your rainy days will become associated with grilled cheeses too.

Apple, Brie, Turkey, & Honey Grilled Cheese

Ingredients
2 slices rustic country bread
4 thick slices brie cheese
1/2 granny smith apple
2 slices turkey
2 tbs butter
1 tsp honey
generous pinch of salt

Recipe: Heat a small skillet on the stove. Once hot, add the slices of turkey and warm each side, about 30 seconds each side. Spread butter on both sides of each slice. Arrange two slices of cheese on each piece of bread. drizzle one side with the honey. Sprinkle the salt on the honey. Add the apple in a flat line. Lay the warm turkey on top of the apples and add the other piece of bread with brie to close the sandwich. Put the sandwich in the skillet and cover with a lid. Brown each side of the sandwich for about 1-2 minutes, until golden brown and the brie is melted.
 rain rain go away
 come back so we can have another grilled cheese day
Brie & Jam

ingredients
2 slices rustic country bread
2 tbs butter
2 tbs grape jam, or your own have
4 thick slices brie

Recipe: Spread both sides of each slice of bread with butter. Spread 1 tbs of jam on each piece of bread. Lay 2 pieces of brie on each slice and sandwich together. Put the sandwich in the skillet and cover with a lid. Brown each side of the sandwich for about 1-2 minutes, until golden brown and the brie is melted.
 me showing off my ideal crisp/buttery perfection
 i brie-lieve. do you?
3 Cheese, Bacon & Garlic Butter

Ingredients
2 tbs butter, softened
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 clove minced garlic
2 slices rustic country bread
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar
2 slices mozzarella cheese
4 slices bacon
2 slices swiss cheese

Recipe: In a bowl combine the butter, garlic powder and garlic and mix together. Spread the butter evenly on both sides of each slice of bread. Cook the bacon in a skillet to the crispiness of your liking. On one slice of bread, arrange shredded cheddar, followed by mozzarella, the 4 slices of bacon, and followed by the swiss cheese. Close the sandwich with the other slice. Put the sandwich in the skillet and cover with a lid. Brown each side of the sandwich for about 1-2 minutes, until golden brown and the cheeses are melted.
 okay ya its a heart attack between bread
this is the devil's sandwich...but i'm the devil's advocate so its cool.
hungree siblings geting cheezyyyy

hungree 4 rain (aka grilled cheeses)
xoxo
hungreegirl. 


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