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Re-Created... grilled cheese 
Jul. 15, 2012 2:02 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 6:37 am
This recipe was in the local paper today, the USA Weekend section, and written by Ellie Krieger, who turns just about any recipe into a healthful (and still flavorful) version.  Today's topic was the Grilled Cheese Sandwich...

Whole grain bread adds more fiber, antioxidants and minerals.
Add summer ripe tomato slices, and sweet carmalized onions.
Using sharp cheddar allows a smaller portion of cheese, while providing big flavor.

To make the sandwich a bit more "sophisticated" (in her words...) she adds a bit of curry powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Here's her recipe:
2 t canola or grape seed oil
1 lg or 2 med. tomatoes (beefstake or hothouse) sliced
1 lg onion sliced into half moons
1/2 t curry powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
8 thin slices sharp cheddar cheese
8 slices good whole wheat bread

Caramelize onions in oil over med/lo heat.  Add curry pwdr and cayenne.    Place one slice of cheddar on each of four slices of bread.  Spread about 2 T onions on each, and top with sliced tomato.  Add second slice of cheese, and top with second slice of bread.  Wipe out the skillet, and spray with cooking spray, re-heat over med/hi.  Place one sandwich in hot pan, weighing the sandwich down with a smaller skillet.  Reduce heat to med/lo, and grill until underside is golden brown, and cheese begins to melt.  Flip over, and grill the other side until golden brown.  Repeat with remaining sandwiches.  Cut in half, and serve hot.

I made "similar," in that I used cheap wheat bread, one slice of American cheese, 4 slices of a roma tomato, and caramelized sweet onion.  I omitted the curry powder and cayenne.  Who needs a bowl of soup with this one?  It was Delish to say the least, but next time, I might just try her ingredients to the letter, just to have a comparison... but then, I'm not opposed to eating a plain ol' grilled cheese sandwich, either!  The tomato and onions "made" this into a meal on it's own... one that any sandwich loving "big kid" surely would enjoy!  Serve it with a salad on the side and you've got a light summer supper!

Now, what's for dinner?  Stay cool, but cook crazy!
Jul. 15, 2012 2:57 pm
without any butter, oil or mayonnaise on the bread i would think the bread would sort of burn, and not toast if on med\High heat.
Jul. 15, 2012 3:05 pm
I love to make grilled cheese on seeded rye and I spread a bit of brown mustard on the inside of one piece of bread. I also prefer to smear hjust a very small amount of butter on the outside of the bread. I think it makes a better "toast." I have to pull the paper apart and save this recipe. Be well!
Jul. 15, 2012 4:36 pm
King, I tend to agree with you, but I do try to keep the "butter" to a minimum, or they get pretty greasy, which is probably why Ellie uses cooking spray... I guess, anyway! Be well!
Jul. 15, 2012 4:39 pm
BigShotsMom, I saved it out of the rest of the insert, if you can't find it, I can probably scan it to computer & email it to you, if you wish... I've put yellow mustard with the cheese a time or two, but brown mustard sounds better! Never thought to add the tomatoes and onions tho' - it made a great lunch! Be well, friend, and let me know if you find the recipe!
Jul. 16, 2012 5:50 am
Oh my this sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing... I just got some beautiful beefsteaks from the fresh market on sat. I know what;s for lunch today!
Jul. 16, 2012 2:42 pm
Hope you enjoy, Terry! Mine was yummie... Be well!
Jul. 17, 2012 6:37 am
rose20 what I don't understand Is why you would let us know about this wonderful deal making $61 per hour. what do you get out of it? Our personal information that you can use to wipe out our bank accounts?
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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