Sunday, March 29, 2015

Enhanced Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

In Illinois, I grew up on grilled cheese sandwiches. From my childhood, they were made by spreading butter on bread and using Velveeta cheese. As an adult, I have remade the grilled cheese sandwich and made it a baseline to support a variety of enhancements.

Here's how I made them.

Chica's Sandwich.
Whole wheat bread with Trader Joe's Roasted Bell Pepper spread. Also adding spinach, chard & kale.

MADCookie Sandwich
Like Chica's sandwich, but add jalapenos and turkey pepperoni.

Cook the greens and move back to the plate. These are hearty greens, so they need time to cook. They reduce significantly in size and become darker and moist.

Cook my turkey pepperoni to give it a nice crispy texture. Move the pepperoni back to the plate.
My sandwich with the cooked / prepared enhancements.
Next step is cooking the whole sandwich.
Add about a 1/2 T of butter to a skillet set at medium temperature heat . Once it is melted, add the bread with cheese.

Move the bread around to ensure the melted butter is spread over the slice.
Add all the pre-cooked / prepared goodies. Here the cooked greens are added. This is it for Chica's sandwich. My sandwich had all the other items added.
Finish building the sandwich and finish with the remaining slice of bread.
Before you flip the bread to cook the other side, I use a spatula to hold the sandwich and then add another 1/2 T of butter to the skillet to melt. This is the same process as the first side of the bread. Once it's melted, flip the bread into the skillet and move the sandwich around spread the butter.
Flipped! Cooking the other side.