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Sunday, March 8, 2009

I have a love and his name is cheese

I have a special relationship with cheese products.

I can't get enough of them.

I can't think of a single variety of cheese that I do not like.

So, on Food Network's show Unwrapped recently they showed how Mimi's Cafe makes their famous grilled cheese sandwiches.

We're talking the Rolls Royce of grilled cheese sandwiches here, people.

It was truly love at first glance. And I am here today to share the love.

Here's what you do need:

4 varieties of cheese (sliced)
(ex: sharp cheddar, provolone, Swiss & muenster)
Sliced sourdough bread
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Garlic herb butter
Sliced ham (optional)

Butter one side of each of the slices of bread and press the buttered side down into the grated Parmesan, gently shaking off the excess. Putting the cheese side down on your griddle, place one slice each of two varieties of cheese on one piece and two varieties on the other (leaving the sandwich open) and add ham in the middle (if desired). Grill the sandwich open for most of the cooking time. Once the cheese is really beginning to melt, then flip one side over on top of the other, thus assembling the sandwich.

This is your end product:

That is a level of cheese decadence that I had never tasted before. I had it with a glass of milk and was on a dairy product overload the rest of the evening.

Enjoy, y'all.


Liz said...

Wow! That sounds amazing. My cheese-obsessed BFF would probably drool all over that. I might have to hang onto the recipe and give it a try.

Melinda said...

I've been making grilled cheese like this for the past few years! No wonder Hubs is always saying some restaurant should make them that way!

The secret really is in the parmesan (and don't tell anybody, but I also sprinkle a little garlic powder over the butter, too).

And, if you're looking to jazz up the tomato soup that inevitably accompanies said sandwich, try adding some dillweed and garlic salt. Deeeelish!

Hugs to you this day,

Brittany said...

That looks fabulous!

Kim said...

I am finally catching up on reading my fav blogs and was greeted by this amazing grilled cheese sandwich. Yay! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm going to try it for lunch one day this week. It sounds heavenly.

I haven't made a cheesecake in a while but the recipe I use most often is for an amaretto cheesecake that goes really well with chocolate sauce drizzled over it. That cookbook is still packed somewhere in the garage.

I think it's so cool how you did the chef thing for the auction. What a great idea! Exciting to see how God leads when we're willing.

Susieqtpie said...

ahhhh the missing ingredient is the parm cheese sprinkled on the butter! oh joy i'm going to make these this week! yahoo!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

This sounds WONDERFUL! The only kind of cheese I don't like is American...ick!

Amber@theRunaMuck said...

Oh. Mylanta Goodness! This looks so good I could cry.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

YUM!! Love the parmesan on the outside idea.

Courtney said...

five cheeses in one sandwich... if you ask me that slice of ham is just over kill! :D

PS. you should have followed it up with a slice of cheese cake for dessert!

Anonymous said...

That is one big ole decadent sammich you have there! I understand your relationship with cheese; I'm right there with you!

PBandJBoats said...

Oh my. That looks GREAT!

Carrie said...

I just told my friend the other day that if I had to choose between cheese and chocolate...cheese would win. Granted, it would be Sophie's Choice of the food world, but cheese would win.
And you had me at "grilled cheese." Even when I do plain jane ones, I still sprinkle garlic salt on the toasted sides. Glad to see you're back in the kitchen, and safely!