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!