Have you ever had a grilled cheese sandwich? Sure, of course you have. If you're anything like me, you had plenty of 'em when you were a kid. I remember my mom making them on our gas stove back in Brooklyn, New York. She had a special sandwich maker she used for such occasions. For some reason, that sandwich maker made the absolute best grilled cheese sandwiches. I'll never get the same results ever again because I haven't had a gas stove in over 20 years. I use my George Foreman Grill now to make most of D's grilled cheese sandwiches or Panini as he sometimes likes to call them. We have found out that grilled cheese sandwiches are not just for kids. He inspired me to try two new twists on this old favorite. I followed the recipe on the first grilled cheese sandwich and used a heavy pan to grill it in. It is called a French Toast Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It combines two of our favorites so I couldn't pass it up. I didn't know anything about "savory" french toast. Apparently, there are many recipes out there for savory french toast that have passed me by. I didn't have Gruyere cheese so I googled it and found out that it is very similar to Swiss Cheese. Sadly, I didn't even have any Swiss Cheese in my refrigerator so I used Monterey Jack. The cheese combination was fine but I definitely want to try this again with the Gruyere cheese. I'm very curious to see if my local grocery store carries sliced Gruyere. I have a feeling that it doesn't but I'm definitely going to have a look. I found the original recipe on http://www.ehow.com/. It was posted by Samantha Molina. She suggests using turkey or ham to change it up and make it extra yummy.
The second sandwich we tried comes from a television commercial. I think it was a Kraft American Cheese commercial. This grilled cheese sandwich is made with raisin bread which is why I was suprised D asked for it. I haven't seen him eat raisin bread, ever. I found out that D will eat raisin bread on occasion. Big surprise to me because I had no idea. I didn't make one of these grilled cheese sandwiches for myself but I took a bite of his and it was really yummy. It is a very different kind of grilled cheese sandwich but in a good way.
French Toasted Grilled Cheese Sandwich
by Samantha Molina
4 slices of white bread
4 slices of American cheese
4 slices of Gruyere cheese
two eggs, beaten
1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large frying pan (preferably a heavy cast iron skillet) melt enough butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Keep the heat on low so the butter and the sandwich don't burn.
2. Put the beaten eggs it a shallow, flat bottomed bowl. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the Asiago cheese over the top of the egg mixture. Dip the slice of bread into the egg, just like you would if you were making french toast. Flip the bread to make sure it gets evenly coated with egg. Place the slice of bread, Asiago cheese side down, onto the hot skillet.
3. Place two slices of American cheese onto the bread in the skillet, followed by the Gruyere. Be sure to sprinkle some more Asiago cheese on top of the egg mixture before coating the second slice of bread. The second slice goes, Asiago cheese side up on top of the cheese slices. Grill on both sides until hot and melty, and the bread has the consistency of french toast.
Repeat this process for the second sandwich.
The second recipe isn't even really a recipe. It is more like instructions. Just take two slices of raisin bread and put two slices of Amerian cheese and two slices of Granny Smith Apple between them. Heat up your pan or grill. Butter the outsides of the bread and start grilling. Let the sandwich grill until the bread gets nicely brown and the cheese is melted. Flip the sandwich if you are using a pan, of course.
The Granny Smith Apples give this grilled cheese a nice tangy taste. It sounds odd but it is really tasty.
The Creative Cook