When I was in elementary school, I used to ask my mom to make me grilled cheeses for lunch. Every. Single. Day. Sounds delicious right? Yeah, it would have been delicious if I got to eat them right after they came out of our sweet grilled cheese maker (see below -shout out to my mom for setting up a photo shoot and sending this picture), but instead, I ate them hours later when they were cold and soggy. I don’t know what I saw in those wax paper wrapped sandwiches, but I guess I just loved grilled cheese so much, I’d eat it in any form.
I mean, really, what’s not to love? Ooey, gooey cheese sandwiched between buttery, crispy bread. Sign me up.
In honor of this delicious holiday, I obviously had to make a quick sandwich, so I went with the classic – butter. cheese. bread. Perfection.
I find the secret to a perfect grilled cheese is to butter both sides of both pieces of bread (in addition to greasing your pan with butter) and the bread will be crispy and golden brown in no time. And a ton of cheese won’t hurt either.
I wasn’t the only one cooking up some grilled cheeses to celebrate. The executive chefs at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ have cooked up some mouth-watering sandwiches that I was able to get my eyes on, and they are impressive and simple to create at home. Check them out:
Grilled Brie & Goat Cheese with Bacon and Green Tomato
MICHAEL CHARLIANZA – EXECUTIVE CHEF, BOBBY FLAY STEAK
8 (1/4 thick) Slices Center Cut Bacon
10 Tsp (1 ¾ Sticks) Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
8 (1-inch thick) Slices Pullman Bread
12 Oz Really good Brie, thinly sliced with a serrated knife
2 Green Tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
8 Oz Soft Goat Cheese (ie. Bucheron), cut into 8 Slices
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste)
Put the bacon in a large skillet or on a griddle and cook, flipping it once, over medium heat until golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Break each piece in half and set aside.
Heat a cast iron griddle or cast iron pan over medium.
Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Flip over 4 of the bread slices and layer each with 3 to 4 slices of Brie, 2 Green Tomato slices, 2 slices of Goat Cheese, and 4 Slices of the bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the remaining bread slices on top, butter side up, and cook on the griddle until the bottom is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the sandwich over, cover with heat proof bowl (to melt the cheese), and continue cooking until the bottom is golden brown and the Brie has melted, 3 to 4 minutes.
“Romeo’s Late Night Grilled Cheese”
ROMEO DIBONA – EXECUTIVE CHEF, OLD HOMESTEAD STEAK HOUSE
2 Slices 7-Grain Bread
2 Slices Prosciutto
¼ Bunch Broccoli Rabe Florets
4 Slices Fontina Cheese
2 Pinches Red Pepper Flack
Salt and pepper (to taste)
3 Tsp Olive Oil
Herb Butter (recipe below)
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Sprig Rosemary
1 Sprig Thyme
Herb Butter – Whip 1 stick of butter until soft. Chop 1 garlic clove, chop 1 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp thyme, add salt and pepper. Fold herbs in the butter.
Fry prosciutto in a non-stick pan, until somewhat crisp. Set aside.
Dice the broccoli rabe small, then chop 1 garlic clove.
Heat up olive oil in pan and cook garlic with red pepper until brown.
Add broccoli rabe and cook until done. Allow to cool.
Dice up olives and dry them. Add to broccoli rabe.
Butter your 2 pieces of bread on the outside and add 1 slice of cheese, then prosciutto, then spoon some of the broccoli mix (drained of any oil) on top.
Add 2 slices of cheese, then prosciutto, then the remaining slice of cheese.
Fry your sandwich crisp on both sides, then drizzle the remaining oil from the vegetable mix on top.
Want some more tasty grilled cheese recipes? I’ve listed a few recipes that caught my eye and got my mouth watering.
A grilled cheese you eat with a fork via Iowa Girl Eats
A fresh take on a classic grilled cheese via Chocolate and Carrots
Grilled cheese with a little tang via MyRecipes.com
The cutest mini grilled cheese sammies w/ tomato soup via Oh Happy Day
A classier grilled cheese via Food52 (thanks, Zoe!)
And if you want even more, check out Serious Eats’ ’21+ Ways to Upgrade Your Grilled Cheese’
What’s your favorite grilled cheese?