Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The classics never seem to go out of style. Walk around your local mall and take notice to how the kids of today always seem to be reverting back to some form of style that dates much further back than they can even comprehend. Ahh yes the classics, movies, music, clothes and of course food. 

Classic foods such as today’s #FoodHoliday “National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day” seem to always bee in style. Let us be honest as we grow up sometimes nothing makes us happier than to revert back to what we know and are familiar with. And I for one sure am familiar with a good old fashioned Grilled Cheese w/ a Kosher pickle on the side and big glass of Pepsi.

This version adds a bit of grilled onion, cayenne an paprika to the mix giving it a rustic Earthy taste.
Enjoy this sandwich today, tomorrow and even Saturday morning, we all could always use a little comfort food in our lives.
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2 tsp canola oil
1 large red onion, finely diced
Freshly Ground Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 oz sharp Cheddar, thinly sliced, divided
8 slices whole-wheat bread
Pinch of Cayenne
Pinch of  Smoked Paprika
3 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, thinly sliced, divided
1 large or 2 medium beefsteak or hothouse tomatoes, sliced
Cooking spray

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Lower heat to medium.
Add onions, a dash of Sea Salt, Cayenne, Paprika and sauté, stirring, until edges are browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Season with Sea Salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste (be careful to not overdo the salt at this point, more can always be added later if it is not to your liking)

Place 3/4-ounce Cheddar on 1 slice bread.
 Spread 1 tablespoon caramelized onions on top of cheese and top with 3/4-ounce pepper Jack.
Top with 1 large or 2 medium slices tomato and other slice of bread.
Repeat with 3 other sandwiches.

Spray a nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and heat until hot.
Place sandwich on griddle and weigh down with a heavy skillet or plate.

Lower heat to medium-low and grill until underside is a deep brown but not burnt and cheese is partially melted, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Flip sandwich and grill other side, an additional 4 to 5 minutes.

Slice in half and serve hot.

1 comment:

  1. any chance you can send one of those to new york via overnight shipment? looks amazingly simple yet great!!!