Friday, April 15, 2011

Serving Up {Sandwich}: The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

After posting my recipe for Parmesan Tomato Basil Soup, it only seems reasonable that I ought to follow it with this recipe for an amazing grilled cheese sandwich.  "Grilled cheese?" you ask.  And I say "yes" - there is a recipe to follow when you want to make Knock Your Socks Off Grilled Cheese.  Perfectly paired with a cup of tomato soup or enjoyed by itself, this is Grilled Cheese taken to the next level.

Sliced Havarti cheese
Sliced Fontina cheese
Fresh Mozzarella cheese
Fresh Basil
Sourdough Bread

Generously butter one side of two slices of sourdough bread (I've tried wheat bread and french bread - sourdough is my favorite in this recipe).  Then on one slice of bread, on the non-buttered side, generously slather honey.  I vary on this step from my friends directions, but I promise that when you put the honey directly on the bread it heats up on the grill and crystallizes to add a subliminal crunch that adds to the delight of this sandwich.  Place one slice of bread, buttered side down, onto a pre-heated grill.  Top with one slice of Havarti cheese and one slice of fontina cheese.  Place the other slice of bread, buttered side down, onto the grill and layer it with fresh mozzarella slices, sliced tomato and fresh basil.  When the cheeses are melted, and the bread adequately toasted, remove and combine both slices for a sandwich that is out of this world.

** This sandwich is awesome even without tomato if you aren't sure about that addition.  A favorite variation of mine is to replace the tomato and basil with a scoop of Trader Joe's jarred Bruschetta - same flavor taken to the next level!  If you don't live near Trader Joe's, please consider moving - this is just one of MANY of their products that find their way into my pantry as a staple.

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