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2010/06/04 05:11:08 (permalink)

Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich

Been craving a gourmet grilled sandwich every since I saw the Barefoot Contessa talk about her favorite New York restaurant's grilled cheese and tomato soup.  She mentioned some exotic cheeses they used on sourdough that I didn't recognize nor remember.  Does anyone have suggestions on what cheeses to try besides Kraft American?  Looking for a combination of two or three cheeses, nothing else (no bacon, veggies, etc.).  just cheese, bread and butter. 
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    BearHit
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 07:53:27 (permalink)
    I found some tasty ideas at Chedd's website.
     
    http://www.chedds.com/
     
     
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 07:58:02 (permalink)
    Gouda or edam works very well...also great as a pizza topping!
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 08:00:02 (permalink)
    Costco has the big hunks of smoked Gouda that is so good it might not make it to the sammich...
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 08:03:58 (permalink)
    I like a combination of extra-sharp cheddar and caraway Tilsiter. Here's a description of Tilsiter if you're not familiar: http://www.murrayscheese....asp?number=20439400000
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 08:05:24 (permalink)
    I like to use provolone and blue cheese on the inside.

    The kicker is to put parmesan on the outside after the bread is buttered.  Then use a little bit of olive oil in the pan as well.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 08:26:52 (permalink)
    Foodosaurus

    I like to use provolone and blue cheese on the inside.

    The kicker is to put parmesan on the outside after the bread is buttered.  Then use a little bit of olive oil in the pan as well.

     
    I make a grilled cheese sandwich  like this but I mix the grated  Parmesan cheese into the butter that I spread on the bread.............less messy!

    post edited by Greymo - 2010/06/04 08:28:45
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 11:14:38 (permalink)
    I love Smoked Gouda for my grilled cheese.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 17:18:22 (permalink)
    Sprinkle some granulated garlic on the outside of the buttered bread
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 17:50:57 (permalink)
    I like Swiss with tomato, very sharp cheddar, Rotel cheese dip, provolone or Gruyere. I will at any time add crisp bacon to any of these. Always good!
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 18:30:02 (permalink)
    layered in this order: extra sharp cheddar, smoked gouda and sharp provolone or imported swiss. 

    in between the layers of cheese, mix in some crisp bacon (and some honey-mustard or plain yellow mustard) in or maybe some really good quality ham slices (and some guilden's mustard). 

    on sourdough or rye.

    dang, makin' me hungry just talkin' 'bout it!  the local pub makes it as a special a few times a week.  gonna go see if they have it today...
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 20:12:42 (permalink)
    All of the above sounds reallly good!

    Why didn't I think of the parm and garlic, along w/ the butter, on the outside?

    Some nacho sliced pickled jalapenos can kick things up a notch or two. Just put them on the inside as things are grillin. Cheese and pickled jalapenos are just a magical thing.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 20:45:30 (permalink)
    I learned somewhere, maybe Good Eats, to add a little hot mustard inside of it.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 22:35:42 (permalink)
    I got a 11 year old hooked on this. 

    I soften some butter.  Spread it heavily over 2x texas toasts.  Put one toast down into a low pan with thick cuts of pepper jack on it.  And I mean LOW.  10 min later place the other toast on top and flip.  10 min more.  Adjust to heat. 

    Your goal is well browned and crusted outsides, still soft interior, and just oozy melted cheese.

    It's so good I can get him to mow the yard with 2-3 of these as a reward. (He's a growing teen. Cut him some slack. He's got the metabolisim of a humming bird and 5%  BMI.  I'm letting him enjoy it while he can.)
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/04 23:26:36 (permalink)

     The possibilities are endless- pairing favorite breads and cheeses together.  The latest ones we fixed were sourdough with Pepperjack and sharp Cheddar.  We've stopped using butter and now spray the bread with Organic Olive Oil Pam  - and grill them slow until they're crispy out and gooey in.


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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/05 00:13:40 (permalink)
    I made up this peppery grilled cheese sandwich during Hatch chile season last fall when trying to come up with as many Hatch-incorporated meals as possible: Jalapeno/Cheese Bread, Hatch Chile Monterrey Jack & butter. YUM! I also added fresh roasted Hatch chile strips & 2 thin slices of smoked ham to a couple of my renditions. I enjoyed every version & can't wait till the end of summer when the Hatch chiles will be back!
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/05 17:39:55 (permalink)
    Great suggestions, especially the parmesan cheese on the outside! 

    Here's my first attempt:  sliced sourdough I got from Whole Foods; put slices of Harvati and a mild swiss also from Whole Foods; added some shredded cheddar and provolone mix from Costco.  I ran out of granulated garlic, so I sliced a fresh garlic clove, sauteed it in some macadamia nut oil just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.  Placed the bread with butter and parmesan cheese on the outside, and grilled it. 

    Conclusion:  the cheese could have been a little more salty; I liked the Harvati, but might have to change the swiss to a saltier cheese.  OR, maybe add slices of fried bacon for the salt.  MMmmmm...

    I love pepper so I might try pepper jack next time.  My daughter doesn't like anything spicy so didn't do it on this try.  Will try adding mustard too...
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/05 18:59:47 (permalink)
      I just got some chipotle flavored cheese curds from our local dairy. I am going to make a grilled bacon and cheese sammie at work later.

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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/05 19:08:13 (permalink)
    I would suggest some good melting cheeses: brick (which is hard to find in my area now), Muenster, Gruyere, Colby Jack, cheddar and Monterrey Jack. A little Dijon mustard spread between the layers of cheese would add that piquant touch.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/07 14:28:35 (permalink)
    Don't know about anyone else but I love an asiago grilled cheese.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/13 23:22:08 (permalink)
    plb

    I learned somewhere, maybe Good Eats, to add a little hot mustard inside of it.


    That's what I do. Extra sharp cheddar (Cabot's Seriously Sharp is my favorite), a slice of tomato, and a good squirt of Woeber's jalapeno mustard, on potato bread.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/14 09:08:00 (permalink)
    Kraft American slice on white bread and into the toaster oven.  Zap.

    Served with a bowl of Campbell's Vegetable soup.

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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/14 09:52:16 (permalink)
    the ancient mariner

    Kraft American slice on white bread and into the toaster oven.  Zap.

    Served with a bowl of Campbell's Vegetable soup.



    So would you call that an Open Faced Toasted Cheese Sandwich?
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/23 09:51:09 (permalink)
    My current favorite is cheddar and muenster on homemade italian. Sometimes a couple of slices of bacon and/or tomato will find there way in.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/23 22:48:17 (permalink)
    Served with a bowl of Campbell's Vegetable soup.

     
    Is it the Vegetarian Vegetable or the Vegetable with beef stock?
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/24 07:53:26 (permalink)
    In answer to your very personal question----You know something Mr Bailey it has been about 100 years since I had a Campbell's soup set down in front of me, so I have no idea.  The dumb post I sent was what I had for lunch once in a while when I was in grammar school. 
    Harken back to those thrilling days of yesteryear.

    Now, my honest opinion is there is no such thing as a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich as described in the posts that have gone before. 

    A little brie on a cracker or something like that may be acceptable by the Gourmet group.. 

    Grilled cheese is for real men (and a few ladies) and Roadfooders of all ages. 
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/25 09:29:43 (permalink)
    Muenster on seedless rye bread, with brown mustard spread on the inside of one of the pieces of bread. Strawberry preserves to dip it in optional.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/25 09:34:12 (permalink)
    "Strawberry preserves to dip it in."  How quaint !
    But a charming idea, I must try that soon.  Cheers.
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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/29 20:52:04 (permalink)
    Not exactly a gourmet grilled cheese, but what we made this time
    American cheese
    Mexican cheese blend
    bacon
    and ketchup for dipping
     




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    Re:Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich 2010/06/29 22:48:52 (permalink)
    Since when did people start to "dip" their grilled cheeses?
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