The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic

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Grilled CheeseStill think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It’s time to find out what you’ve been missing. Mouth-watering bacon, savory onions, sweet fruits, artisan bread all deliciously layered with flavored Cheddars and Monterey Jacks; these are today’s grilled cheese sandwiches. If that gets your stomach grumbling, try out these delicious recipes and see if they don’t inspire your creativity to create a unique grilled cheese of your own.

Double Delicious Grilled Cheese

Create a sandwich to satisfy any adult’s taste buds with this recipe. Replace the traditional white bread with your choice of thickly sliced artisan bread and upgrade your cheese selection with any of Great Midwest’s flavored Cheddars or Monterey Jacks. Add some spice to your sandwich by selecting Mango Fire Cheddar or infuse it with the savory taste of Morel & Leek Jack. If fruit is more your thing, try Blueberry Cobbler or Cranberry Cheddar. This recipe allows you to build four sandwiches so try them all.

To make these sandwiches, you will need:

* 3 to 4 tablespoons butter, melted

* 8 slices artisan bread, thickly sliced

* 7 to 8 ounces Great Midwest Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, sliced


Using a pastry brush, butter each slice of bread on one side and place four slices, buttered side down, on a work surface. Place a portion of Great Midwest flavored Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese on each slice. Top with the remaining four slices, butter side up.

Lightly butter and heat a griddle, heavy skillet or Panini press until hot. Place two sandwiches in the skillet. Brown slowly on one side for two to three minutes before turning with a spatula and grilling the other side until brown and the cheese melts. It may be necessary to add a bit of butter to the skillet.

Repeat with remaining two sandwiches and serve immediately.

Serving suggestions:

Spread mayonnaise or mustard – if you prefer – on the unbuttered side of the bread.

Add vertical slices of dill pickle, thinly sliced ripe, medium-sized tomatoes or red onion rings for an extra punch of flavor.

Let us know what you would add to your grilled cheese sandwich in the comments section below.

Author: BPT


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