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A gourmet twist on the beloved grilled cheese sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Garlic Confit and Baby Arugula
What is it about melted cheese? Just about anything oozing with melted cheese tastes delicious — like melted mozzarella on a flatbread pizza; sweet, nutty Asiago in a luscious mac and cheese; or earthy fontina in an unbearably sinful fondue with chipotle and tequila.
But perhaps the simplest recipe — the most adored of all — is the grilled cheese sandwich. Here, this beloved sandwich takes on a gourmet twist. The secret ingredient: garlic confit!
When garlic is gently poached in olive oil, it becomes sweet, with a subtle flavor. The cloves become so soft that you can spread them on your toast — or in this case, in your grilled cheese sandwich. Pair the mellow garlic confit with zingy baby arugula and a nutty, pungent aged Cheddar, Gruyère, or fontina, and every luscious bite is mouthwatering.
Click here to see the Garlic Confit Recipe.
*Note: Click here to see the Garlic Confit Recipe. As an alternative to the garlic confit, you can also substitute garlic-infused oil.
- 8 thin slices rye country bread
- 1/4 Cup oil from garlic confit
- 4 Ounces baby arugula
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 Cup garlic confit*
- 8 Ounces aged Cheddar, Gruyère, fontina or manchego, grated coarsely
The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches In The World
I get nostalgic for the grilled cheese my mom used to throw together. White bread, butter, Kraft cheese. I can still taste it. Its probably always going to be my favorite. However, the internet has opened my eyes to a wide range of gooey deliciousness I was blind to. The old grilled cheese mom used to make takes me back but I can confidently say its not the best-grilled cheese I’ve ever had.
It’s not even close. Sorry, mom.
The great thing about grilled cheese is that it’s basically a blank canvas, like a pizza or a taco. It can be whatever you want it to be. Whatever you’re in the mood for.
You are only limited by your imagination and tastebuds.
This list will give you ideas you probably never considered.
- Otto Fredrick Rohwedderof Davenport Iowa invented a bread slicing machine that would slice the loaf of bread and then wrap it.
During The Great Depression, the “cheese sandwich” became popular among struggling Americans because the ingredients were affordable.
In the thick of World War II, U.S. Navy cooks made countless “American cheese filling sandwiches” for their ship’s crew.
No one referred to these sandwiches as grilled cheese like we do today. They were often called “melted cheese” or “toasted cheese”.
Grilled Cheese and Short Rib Sandwiches with Pickled Caramelized Onions and Arugula
Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Melt butter in large wide pot over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, cook beef until browned, about 6 minutes per batch. Transfer to large rimmed baking sheet. Add celery, carrots, and onion to pot and sauté until beginning to soften and brown, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add wine, broth, Sherry, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme sprig bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Season with salt and pepper. Return ribs to pot, propping up on sides and arranging in single layer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour.
Using tongs, turn ribs over in pot. Cover and simmer until ribs are tender and sauce is very thick, occasionally rearranging ribs in pot to prevent sticking, about 1 1/2 hours longer. Uncover and cool 30 minutes.
Transfer ribs to work surface. Discard bay leaves and thyme sprig. Spoon off fat from sauce in pot. Remove meat from bones discard bones. Cut meat into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces, trimming any fat. Return meat to pot. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Chill until cold cover and keep chilled. Rewarm just until lukewarm before using.
Pickled Caramelized Onions
Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, sprinkle with salt, and sauté until beginning to brown, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add vinegar and sugar and cook until almost all vinegar is absorbed, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to microwave-safe bowl cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover chill. Microwave in 15-second intervals until lukewarm before using.
Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with waxed paper. Butter 8 bread slices place 4 slices, buttered side down, on each prepared sheet. Divide short rib mixture among bread slices, about 1/2 cup for each. Divide cheese among sandwiches. Spoon about 1/4 cup onions over each sandwich. Place large handful of arugula atop onions. Top with remaining 8 bread slices. Spread bread with butter. DO AHEAD Can be prepared 1 hour ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.
Heat griddle or 2 large skillets over medium heat. Working in batches, cook sandwiches until bread is golden brown and cheese melts, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to work surface. Cut each in half on diagonal. Transfer to plates and serve.
Giada De Laurentiis Elevates the Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich with One Simple Ingredient
Who doesn’t love experimenting with the classic grilled cheese sandwich? From avocados and arugula to prosciutto and figs and caramelized onions, the grilled cheese toppings are seemingly endless. But there is one ingredient we’ve never &mdash not for one second &mdash considered, and we’re now officially converts, thanks to Giada De Laurentiis.
“Grilled cheese with whole lemon slices might sound crazy, but we assure you… it’s so delicious,” De Laurentiis writes on Giadzy’s Instagram.
Lemon slices? On a grilled cheese? Yep, we initially questioned it, too, but, you guys, it actually makes perfect sense.
For De Laurentiis’ elevated grilled cheese sammie, you’ll take half a lemon and slice it very, very thinly with a sharp knife. Then, you’ll sprinkle the slices with sugar and set it aside. Next, butter each slice of bread (De Laurentiis uses sourdough) and sprinkle a layer of parmesan cheese atop. Now, flip the bread over, butter-down.
What you’ll do next is combine the cheese and slices De Laurentiis’ cheese of choice is mozzarella (fresh, thin sliced mozzarella, to be specific). Top each slice of bread with two slices of cheese, then a few wedges of thinly sliced lemons, then one more piece of mozzarella. Grill ’em, and eat!
“Mmm, heaven!” De Laurentiis says of her genius grilled cheese.
Does this count as a grilled cheese? It probably counts.
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If you’re looking to make the most gourmet, ultimate grilled cheese, you’ve gotta take the cheeses to the max. If it’s not oozing cheese, is it even a grilled cheese sandwich?
Inside those sourdough slices, the provolone, sharp cheddar cheese, and gouda create a creamy, rich, complex flavor when all combined in their meltiness.
Parmesan is crusted on the outside of the bread, creating a wonderfully crisp texture to hold in all the ooey-gooey melted cheeses.
But wait! We need all the details because we have to talk about this garlic butter, too. Yes, a garlic butter grilled cheese. Life. Made.
30+ Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes to Make Your Mouth Water
All the most delicious and creative grilled cheese sandwich recipes your heart could desire.
Even the most unskilled of cooks usually know how to make a basic grilled cheese decently well. It's a classic comfort food recipe &mdash one that's hard to dislike, easy to assemble, and costs almost nothing. Its simplicity is also why it's such an simple dinner recipe to kick up a notch. Simply add a few more ingredients here and there and you have endless ideas for gourmet grilled cheese sandwich recipes at your fingertips.
From adding in fruit (apples and cheese go well together for a reason!) to piling on the meats to swapping out traditional American slices for a more surprising combination of cheeses, there are endless possibilities when it comes to grilled cheese if you're willing to get a little creative. Once you have your favorite classic grilled cheese recipe down, try experimenting by adding some sautéed onions, slices of ham, a dab of mayo, or all of the above. Whether you tend to lean more savory (bacon grilled cheese , anyone?) or you want something on the sweeter side (s'mores grilled cheese, perhaps?), odds are there's a grilled cheese recipe out there for you that you haven't dreamed up quite yet. Looking for some inspiration? Here are some easy recipes to get you started.
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- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 4 (4-ounce) flat-iron steaks
- 2 lemons, halved
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 cups loosely packed baby arugula
- ¼ cup (1 ounce) shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Rub thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper over steaks. Add steaks to pan cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks from pan. Add lemon halves, cut sides down, to pan cook 3 minutes. Cut steaks across the grain into thin slices.
Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, chives, and next 4 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt), stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over arugula toss to coat. Arrange 1 steak, 1 cup arugula, and 1 lemon half on each of 4 plates top each salad with 1 tablespoon cheese.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Garlic Confit and Baby Arugula - Recipes
April is National Grilled Cheese Month.
We’ve seen many different ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich, including bread-free, low-carb versions that substitute sliced portabello mushrooms or ham—a bread-free ham and cheese sandwich, grilled on a panini press.
Today we present another option: a grilled cheese sandwich where halloumi cheese (photo #2) is substituted for the bread.
Halloumi, a semisoft cheese that originated in Cyprus, keeps its shape when fried.
Thus, use sliced halloumi cheese instead of bread, and fill it with what you’d normally put in a grilled cheese sandwich, and grill it.
It’s a reverse grilled cheese sandwich!
You can also use yanni cheese, which is similar to halloumi and India’s paneer cheese.
HOW TO EAT A HALLOUMI SANDWICH
The outer sides of the bread on a conventional grilled cheese sandwich are greasy with butter, since the sandwich has been fried in a pan or on a griddle.
Many of us still pick them up with our fingers, though—with a napkin on the side.
While you certainly can do the same with a halloumi-base sandwich, you may wish to eat this grilled cheese with a knife and fork.
SOME FILLINGS FOR HALLOUMI GRILLED CHEESE
Are you ready for your sandwich?
 Make a grilled cheese sandwich with halloumi, yanni or paneer instead of bread (photo © Urban Village Restaurant | Lone Tree, Colorado | Flavor & The Menu).
 Grilled halloumi cheese. It is eaten with a fork (photo © Ina Peters | iStock Photo).