We’re switching it up a bit here today on Mama Chocolate for Fun with Food Friday…
On a whim yesterday, I decided to have grilled cheese for lunch, (entirely ignorant of the fact that it was National Grilled Cheese Day!)
I was in the mood for something more interesting than my regular ol’ bread-and-cheddar sandwich, though, so I asked you how you liven up your grilled cheese! Your answers were so amazingly delicious sounding, that I decided right then and there this was going to have to be a blog post! If nothing else, I want all these ideas handy for my later reference!
First suggested by Brandy, I decided to go with mozzarella, tomato, and basil – it was ah-MAY-zing. So much so that I made and completely consumed two whole sandwiches by myself. (I *am* eating for two, ya know…)
Below, I give you the “recipe” for this sandwich along with a compiling of your creative suggestions from our discussion on Facebook yesterday.
- bread of your choice – whole wheat or garlic sourdough are my favorites
- mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded
- sliced tomato
- fresh basil leaves
- Heat a non-stick skillet on a medium-low burner
- Butter one side each of two slices of bread – make sure you get the butter all the way to the very edge of the slice to prevent nasty dry crusts
- Place the first slice butter-side down into hot pan.
- Lay cheese slices down or sprinkle shredded cheese generously onto bread
- On top of the cheese, lay the tomato slices (season with fresh ground pepper if desired!)
- Lay a generous amount of fresh basil leaves over the tomatoes, to taste.
- Top with second slice of bread, buttered-side up.
- After about 2-4 minutes, or when the first side is golden-brown, very carefully flip sandwich. I have found it easiest with a messy project like this to slide your spatula under the sandwich, lift it out, pick up the pan, turn *the pan* over and bring it down onto the opposite, un-grilled, side of your sandwich. Then, with the sandwich pressed between the pan and spatula, turn the pan back over and set it back on the burner to finish. This should prevent sandwich explosion and mayhem on your stove top.
- Allow to cool for at least 1-2 minutes before attempting to eat or slice the sandwich, letting the melted cheese set and stabilize a bit.
- Try these other variations to liven up your sandwich: cheddar, swiss, colby jack, gouda or other cheese, rye, sourdough, potato, or other bread, bacon, ham, sliced turkey or chicken, tuna, dijon mustard, avocado, onions, oregano, pickles, pepperoni, a little pizza sauce, pesto, cayenne pepper, thinly sliced veggies or apples or pears. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination!
Check out my co-host today, Kelley’s Passion for Nutrition with a Coconut Balls Recipe!
(You also get 10 extra entries into most current giveaways for sending me recipes!)