I don’t think comfort food gets any better than a great grilled cheese sandwich. It’s fast, easy, hot, and satisfying.
And like pizza, it seems that there are infinite flavour combinations, and they are easy to make any time of the day. And kids of all ages can participate in making them.
My niece, who just recently moved into her own apartment was asking me about easy recipe ideas last weekend. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s getting a copy of 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, by Alison Lewis (Robert Rose Inc.)
There are so many applications for this book, and grilled cheese/paninis in general: It’s an inexpensive option for singletons and empty-nesters who want a fast and satisfying meal, and it’s a great way to include kids in the kitchen. And your hungry growing teenagers can make this after school.
I have posted about grilled cheese a couple of time in the past, so this book really had me at the title, but since acquiring 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, I have been making grilled sandwiches on a regular basis. I have tried many recipes from the book, and have been inspired to adapt a few with ingredients that I have on hand.
150 Best Grilled Cheese contains everything from traditional grilled cheese, and breakfast sandwiches, to appetizer sandwiches, to deli favourites like the classic reuben, and even dessert sandwiches.
I have always been into making grilled sandwiches, but this book really inspired me to bring out my contact grill more often. Note: A frying pan works just fine – I just like the fact that I can pop it in, and leave it unattended while it gets all squishy and makes cool grill marks.
And for those of you who are gluten-free, you don’t have to pass on this book. I have found some great GF bread options that I’ll be sharing with you next week. You don’t have to give up grilled cheese happiness!
Today’s recipe is for the Black Russian. It’s the lemony mustard dressing and brie that make this so amazing. And really, it has all of the major food groups: bread, dairy, protein and vegetable (the lettuce
Note: Bob’s Red Mill has a hearty whole grain GF bread mix that you can use in place of the pumpernickle with great results in this recipe. In fact, it’s such a good alternative, we’ve been continuing to use this bread mix, even though we’re not gluten-free.
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Today’s question: What is your favourite grilled cheese sandwich? Do you add extra fillings such as meat and veggies, or are you a cheese purist?
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