Sunday, February 12, 2012

Grown Up Grilled Cheese

I've always loved grilled cheese sandwiches. And, yes, as a kid I LOVED the Kraft processed cheese kind of sandwiches. I loved the crisp, buttery bread with the cheesy inside. But as I've grown up, I've looked for more interesting versions of the same thing. And until recently my favourite kind of grilled cheese was a simple grilled sandwich with smoked Gruyere and thin sliced tomatoes inside.

But this week I got a little creative and this is what I did:

You'll need the following and you can adapt it however you want:

  • bacon (Turkey bacon or regular or not at all if you don't want... I just liked the smokey, salty addition)
  • avocado (about 1/3 per sandwich)
  • fresh purple basil (whole leaves)
  • 2 kinds of cheese (I used white cheddar and Turkish kasar)
  • butter or margarine
  • garlic powder
  • dried dillweed
  • dried oregano
  • dijon mustard
  • cayenne pepper

Okay... I baked my bacon so that it didn't crinkle or curl and was just easier to work with.

I mixed all the dry spices with enough margarine to spread on the slices of bread that I used (whole wheat for me... trying to make it somewhat healthy)

Then I layed one slice of the buttered bread in a pan that wasn't on the heat yet (I like to build my sandwiches before heating so that the cheese gets all melty). I then spread the avocado onto the bread and put on one layer of the cheese. Then I added the basil and bacon and the last layer of cheese. Before I added the last slice of bread I added the dijon mustard to the inside of the bread.

Grilling is a little tricky with something so stacked unless you have a panini press, and I don't so it was tricky but turned out great and made me want to think of a billion different variations! Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. That sounds so yummy - I love grilled cheese too - my favorite is grilled swiss and turkey, but recently I've been using havarti - YUM!