Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month With These 3 Amazing Sandwiches

I have had a deep love for grilled cheese sandwiches for as long as I can remember. It is honestly my very favorite easy comfort food and one that I whip up often if anyone in my family, particularly my husband or me, are having a bad day or are feeling a little under the weather, like they could use a pick-me-up.

There is just nothing better than a gooey, cheesy, buttery sandwich dipped in a good tomato basil soup. That being said, while an original with just straight cheddar, regular white bread, and butter are fantastic, I wanted to share three new grilled cheese sandwiches you could try this month.

1. Grilled Pesto Mozzarella Grilled Cheese.

This is another classic Richardson family classic and if I’m not feeling the original kind, I almost always make this because I always seem to have the ingredients on hand and it is so flavorful and different.

To make this you start with bread, I particularly like sourdough bread with this sandwich, but any good bread will do, butter the outsides generously, add a layer of pesto to each slice of bread on the inside, and pile mozzarella cheese on the inside. It is so delicious!

2. Rosemary Caramelized Onion

This idea I got from the blog, TheChunkyChef.com, where she caramelized onions low and slow and then she used a mixture of three white cheeses for the ultimate grown-up grilled cheese: gruyere, Muenster, and white cheddar. She generously butters the outside of “good quality Artisan” bread and sprinkles a little thyme and rosemary to the outside as well, to give it some depth of flavor. This sandwich is so dang good! I’m just sure you’d love it too!

3. Irish Apple Pie Twice-Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is the one that intrigued me the most--probably because I am such a sweet tooth! If you are too and like sweet and savory things together, you’ve got to try this recipe posted below. This grilled cheese uses cinnamon swirl bread (generously buttered on the outside, naturally!), along with thinly sliced white cheeses, apple butter, and Granny Smith apples. You can even add a crispy layer to the outside of grilled cheddar cheese. It is so stinking good!

The author of this recipe signed up for a grilled cheese competition hosted by a famous local bakery, Franz Bakery, in Portland in 2015. She won the whole competition with this recipe below! I think of Portland as a big time foodie city, so she should feel so proud she won this competition in Portland!

Whichever type of grilled cheese recipe you try, I hope you celebrate this perfect food holiday celebration this month in style! Please share your thoughts on grilled cheese sandwiches and what your favorite kind is in the comments below. You can also let me know if this last one with cinnamon swirl bread, apple butter and sliced apples sounds strange to you or if you’d give it a try. No hard feelings if you think it’s cuckoo! :)

Irish Apple Pie Twice-Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Melted Dubliner cheese, tart apples, sweet apple butter, and cinnamon bread combine to make this amazing Irish Apple Pie Twice-Grilled Cheese. 1st Place, Grilled Cheese Contest, Franz Bakery, Portland, Oregon, 2015 Author: Renee

Prep time:
Cook time:
2 slices Franz Bainbridge Island Cinnamon Swirl Bread or cinnamon bread
2 slices Kerrygold Dubliner Aged cheese
1/8 cup grated Kerrygold Dubliner Aged cheese
1 tablespoon apple butter homemade or Smuckers
4 thin slices Granny Smith apples
butter for grilling sandwich

Assemble Sandwich:
Assemble sandwich in this order: Slice of Bread, Slice of cheese, Apple-butter, Apple slices, Slice of cheese, Slice of bread

Grill Sandwich:
Dubliner cheese has a higher melt-point than many cheeses, so it is very important that you allow your sandwich to grill slowly.

Preheat an electric griddle to 275°-300°F (135°-150°C), or heat a heavy skillet over medium-low. Brush a 50/50 mixture of light olive oil and melted butter onto the grilling surface, or generously butter the outside face of each piece of bread.

Place the assembled sandwich on the preheated griddle and grill for 4 minutes per side, or until it is light honey brown. Remove sandwich from heat, and onto a plate or cutting board.

Cheese Crisps (Tuiles):
Sprinkle grated cheese on non-stick surface and allow to cook until golden on the bottom. Using a spatula, carefully peel the crisp cheese off the grilling surface and allow to cool. You can shape it if you want before it cools, but if you do so, be extremely careful as the cheese will be very hot! You can make small cheese crisps to use as garnish, or a large one to serve over the entire sandwich.

Source: thegoodheartedwoman.com

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