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5 Quick Ways to make grilled cheese Sandwich

April 22, 2018
Alpana's Kitchen

Some three-quarters of people who buy sliced cheese make at least one grilled cheese a month. While similar recipes are mentioned in Ancient Roman texts—and, let’s face it, the French have been making their famous croque monsieurs since the early 1900s—today’s notion of the grilled cheese is commonly traced back to the 1920s, when the Iowa man considered “the father of sliced bread” invented a bread slicer that made distributing white bread easy and affordable. Shortly before that, processed cheese had been patented by James L. Kraft—you’ll recognize that name, of course—an entrepreneur whose revolutionary pasteurizing process ensured that cheese wouldn’t spoil, even when transported long distances. By 1914, J.L. Kraft & Bros. Company (the precursor to Kraft Foods) opened its first plant in Illinois; five years later, the company had already expanded into Canada. Of course, this “factory cheese”—disparagingly termed “rattrap cheese” or “rat cheese” by the English, who were fiercely proud of their cheddars—was not considered a delicacy. It was, simply, a cheap, nutritious, and scalable product.

So Today let’s learn to make some nice Grilled Cheese sandwich ….

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
By Chef Swasti Food Strategist, Foodhall

Ingredients:

2 slices – Bread
3tbsp – Pesto
2 slices – Mozzarella cheese
6 – Baby spinach
1 – Avocado (sliced)
3tbsp – Feta or goat cheese
1 cube – Butter

Method:

* Spread the pesto on each slice of the bread.

* On one slice, add sliced mozzarella, baby spinach, avocado slices, goat cheese or feta and another layer of mozzarella. Top it with the second slice of bread and gently press it down.

* In a pan, heat up some butter and gently lay the sandwich.

* Cook it on each side for a few minutes till it looks golden brown. You may press it down gently to seal everything in.

* Once golden brown on both sides, take it off the heat and cut into triangles. Serve immediately.

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Caprese Grilled Cheese
By Chef Swasti Food Strategist, Foodhall

Ingredients

2 slices – White bread
100g – Mozzarella (sliced)
1 – Tomato (Sliced)
1tbsp – Basil (chopped)
2tsp – Extra virgin olive oil or Butter
Black pepper to taste

Method:

* Layer one slice of bread with sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.

* Season with crushed black pepper and top it with the second slice of bread.

* Drizzle olive oil or butter in a non-stick pan or skillet. Swirl the pan around to coat the pan evenly with oil.

* Gently lay down the prepared sandwich and cook on both sides till the cheese has melted and bread has turned golden brown.

* Take it off the heat and cut into triangles. Serve immediately with some pesto.

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French Onion Grilled Cheese
By Chef Swasti Food Strategist, Foodhall

Ingredients:

5tbsp – Butter
1/2tbsp – Extra virgin olive oil
1 – White onion (thinly sliced)
4 slice – Whole wheat bread
1tsp – Parsley
12 slice – Swiss cheese

Method:

* In a cast iron pan, add 1tbsp butter and oil. Heat it till the butter melts.

* Add the sliced onions and cook over low heat for 30 mins. Do not stir the onions too much. It needs to gently cook and caramelize (to turn dark brown in colour).

* Once it turns colour, add the chopped fresh parsley and set it aside.

* Heat up a new skillet until it is medium hot.

* Butter each slice of bread. Place two slices of bread, butter side down, on the pan.

* Add three slices of cheese on each slice of bread. Wait till it gently melts.

* Add some of the caramelized onions on one slice, when the cheese looks melted enough, sandwich the two slices of bread together.

* Gently press down and take it off the pan. Serve immediately.

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Coleslaw Cheese Grilled sandwich
By Chef Udit Bagga & Udit Bhasin, Cafe Out of The Box, Delhi

Ingredients:
2 slices – Bread
2 to 3 – Small lettuce leaves
20g – Coleslaw
4 slices – Cheese
2g – Crushed black pepper
20g – Chilli mayonnaise
1 tsp – Salt

Method:

* Place two bread slices on a cutting board. Evenly spread chilli mayonnaise on both the slices with the help of a knife.

* Place a cheese slice on the bread slices.

* Sprinkle a pinch of crushed black pepper and salt over the cheese slice. Arrange a slice of bread with cheese, alternatively. Add a little coleslaw in between them.

*  Place the sandwich in the griller and keep it on till it turns golden brown and crispy.

* Once turned golden brown, place the sandwich on the cutting board and cut them into four equal pieces.

* Serve hot with french fries and garnish with lettuce leaves.

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Black Olives and Jalapeno Cheese Sandwich
By Del Monte

Ingredients:

1/2 cup – Black pitted olives
1/4 cup – Jalapenos
10-15 – Basil leaves
1/2 cup – Mayonnaise
1/2 cup – Cheese spread
Black pepper to taste
2 – Assorted bread

Method:

* Roughly chop olives, jalapenos and basil leaves.

* Fold the chopped ingredients in mayonnaise and cheese spread. Season with freshly cracked black pepper.

* Bring the mixture to spreadable consistency by adding some brine from jalapenos.

* Sandwich the spread between toasted sliced bread or baguette or focaccia.

* To serve, cut into fancy shapes or keep as open sandwiches with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

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