Monday, November 26, 2012

Gour-Maybe? Grilled Cheese - Rye, Niman Ranch Ham, Cheddar, Fontina, and Pimento Cheese - Yes - Pimento Cheese


It's simple, easy, savory, reminds you of childhood and takes about 10 minutes to make. It's fabulous with soup, wonderful alone and delicious any time of day. It's the one, the only the Grilled Cheese Sandwich. So what makes a Grilled Cheese Sandwich stand out from the hundreds you've probably had in your lifetime? In my opinion, it's a plethora of amazing ingredients from the bread to the cheese and everything in between. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you have to go nuts with every GCS, sometimes plain is great. but try this, and tell me it's not better. My boyfriend said, "it's the best Grilled Cheese sandwich I've ever had" - he didn't even have the Rye bread because he's a Sourdough purist, so he was missing out. If you don't like Rye - then join his club and have the second best Grilled Cheese Sandwich ever. I add ham (Niman Ranch) to mine - if you are a vegetarian - then don't, but it's an amazing add. I also do a really good mayo inside the sandwich (Dukes). I also have a secret weapon - it's.......Pimento Cheese! I'm serious, it makes all the difference. Post Thanksgiving you might even try it with Turkey leftovers. Maybe? Get ready to grill with the ingredients, secret weapon and recipe after the jump.

Gour-maybe Best Grilled Cheese
You will need:  (per sandwich)

  • 2 slices of fresh Sourdough or Rye Bread
  • 4 oz Ham - sliced thin - we use Niman Ranch
  • 1/3 C grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz Fontina cheese - sliced thin
  • 1 T Dukes Mayo or other good quality mayo
  • 2 T Whole Foods Jalapeno Pimento Cheese (or other mayo based pimento cheese) - SECRET WEAPON
  • 1 T unsalted butter for the pan
Start by building your sammie. I spread a thin layer of mayo equally on each side of the bread. I then put the sliced ham, cheddar, fontina and pimento cheese on top. Top with second piece of bread. Heat the butter in the pan over medium heat until melted and beginning to foam. Place the sandwich in. and rub it around to absorb some butter. Flip and do the same on the other side. Let sandwich cook on medium or lower heat** until golden brown and the cheese has begun to melt. **You have a LOT of cheese and ham in this sandwich, if your heat is too high, it will burn before the cheese melts. Flip and "grill" on the other side until all the cheese is melted. Grab a plate. Sneak off to a closet and eat it before anyone else discovers your masterpiece. Just kidding!

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