Grilled Cheese and Zoodles

Today we went for the basic grilled cheese. Bread, cheddar cheese, and butter. There may have been a little garlic butter just for good measure. The dip of choice though was Zoodles (for those unfamiliar, canned pasta in the shape of zoo animals packed in tomato sauce). It was pretty tasty. Sometimes it's nice to get back to basics.

Pear and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

Today's grilled cheese was a bit on the fancy side with pears and grilled cheese, topped with honey. We made them on a nice hearty multigrain bread. Some were buttered and some got olive oil on the outside instead. Both were quite tasty, and very tangy.

Meatloaf and Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese

Today's was a beefy one. I cooked up a meatloaf and a macaroni and cheese casserole the day before, cooled them overnight in the fridge, and then sliced them thin (as thin as i could without it falling apart) and laid them out on two giant pieces of home made bread. I added a little more cheddar to the sandwich before grilling. It turned out amazing.

Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

This one never occurred to me in the past, to put sloppy joe mix on a grilled cheese. We made the filling from ground beef, canned tomatoes, some ketchup, bbq sauce, mustard powder, and garlic and pepper seasoning. Once it boiled down a bit (it was pretty loose at first) it went on the bread, which was already loaded into the frying pan, on top of a healthy (ok maybe not so healthy) amount of shredded 3-cheese blend. Some more cheese on top before capping it with the other piece of bread. It held together quite a bit better than i thought it would.

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Today's grilled cheese shared the same toppings you'd find on a pizza. Pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms, hot Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce on the inside, and garlic butter on the outside. Grilled it so that the bread was quite crispy, like you'd find on an actual pizza. The marinara was also used as a dipping sauce. It turned out extremely well, click through for a pic of the innards before the top went on (naked grilled cheese!).

National Grilled Cheese Day

Desert on the left, jalapeno cream cheese in the middle and jalapeno havarti on the right

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day. To celebrate this we made a trifecta of grilled cheese sandwiches.

Barbeque Ribs Grilled Cheese

Quite possibly the best so far. Smoked pork side ribs combined with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses delivered hot and grilled on fresh baked cheddar cheese bread. The ribs were smoked long and low all day in my smoker in the back yard, after being brined the night before and heavily seasoned with BBQ rub before going on. The meat was then torn from the bone before being piled high on the sandwich and grilled on my sandwich press. Too bad the picture sucked... click through for a pic of the ribs.

Ham, Salami and Swiss Grilled Cheese

Today's grilled cheese was a simple affair. Some nice thinly sliced ham, some salami, and some Canadian swiss slices. The meats were fried up a little first before going on the sandwich. We made up a bit of chipotle mayonnaise to dip in as well as regular ketchup. We had a couple Saporo beers in the fridge, and they went along pretty nicely with it too.

Six Cheese Grilled Cheese

Today's grilled cheese sandwich was back to basics. No funny toppings or strange dip sauces (just ketchup). The only thing even remotely fancy was that it had six (!) different cheeses. I used a four-cheese shredded cheese blend (which had Monterey Jack, Colby, Monterey Jack with Jalapeno, and Cheddar) and then added some Mozzarella and Swiss Raclette slices to make it all melty. The sandwiches also got some garlic butter spread on the inside, which really made a big difference.

Montreal Smoked Meat and Swiss on Rye Grilled Cheese

Today's grilled cheese had a little planning. That planning included getting some ingredients from the St. Jacob's market.


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