Thursday, March 1, 2012

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese


We're going to be honest - lunch is not a very exciting meal in our house. We make a lot of sandwiches or have left-over soup. Sometimes, we just have a late breakfast and skip lunch altogether. When we do make lunch, however, one of our favorites is grilled cheese. There's no real recipe, and our "grown-up" ingredients change based on what we have available.

Here's what you need:
Bread (2 slices per sandwich)
2 different cheeses - we used cheddar and Monterrey Jack this time
Italian Seasoning - We actually prefer to use fresh basil, but we were out.
Tomato - again, we prefer a Roma or Vine tomato, but we only had grape tomatoes, so we made due

Here's what you do:
Start by shredding both cheeses into a bowl.

Sprinkle in about a teaspoon of Italian seasoning. If you're using fresh herbs, just layer on later.

Butter the backs of the bread. Lay butter side down on a cutting board.

If you have fresh herbs, lay those down first, so that the cheese is in the middle of your ingredients. If not, just pile on the cheese.

Next, top with the tomatoes.

Put the other half of your bread on, and put either in a hot skillet, or in our case, a panini press. 

Let that cook for a couple minutes, then flip. We turn ours on the panini press too, so we get this cool waffle pattern on the bread. 

Slice and serve. See, even grilled cheese can be fun!


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