posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 05:33 PM
Where to begin...?
Hearty breads, fortified with nuts and oats can be good platforms for the "more than just cheese" types. Lighter breads like sourdoughs and french
are great for showing off the ingredients.
Good melting (American, brie, mozz, etc) are great when mixes with hearty flavored cheeses (cheddar, gouda, etc). They make unique combos that spice
up a simple sammich.
Herbs and leafy things like basil, spinach, arugula, thyme can add some great flavors, and help bring out different textures. Meats, like bacon, ham,
turkey, beef, chicken, or whatever, can be marinated, smoked, brined, to add different flavor profiles turning a simple grilled cheese into a culinary
Remember, not all Grilled Cheeses have to be savory. Simple goat cheese with honey and apples can make a great dessert.
I will give you two of my favorites -
Thick sliced brioche bread (egg bread) buttered on outsides (one slice buttered inside) the other inside spread stone ground mustard
Thick sliced bread gives some heft to the sandwich and allows you to add a little more inside than you should. But hey, its comfort food, so do it.
Heat a skillet over medium, and butter the outsides of both slices (I like clarified, unsalted butter) and place on skillet. As soon as you do, butter
the inside of one slice, and spread mustard on the opposite. As the bread starts to firm up and color on the outside (just BARELY starting to color)
add cheese slices to each piece of bread, wait until it starts to melt a bit, then add the rest of the ingredients. I prefer
Give it a few and put it together and cut it. Then eat.
Cinnamon Raisin bread
clarified unsalted butter
goat cheese with honey (Trader Joes has inexpensive delicious versions)
apple slices (I like green, some like red. Up to you)
The apple provides great texture and adds something special to the sammich.
I like to experiment with different breads, butters, ingredients and such. I make a nice little cinnamon butter, lemon butter, garlic butter, and
spicy butter to compliment all the sammiches I make.