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Big Black Dog: TFF- And a Grilled Cheese Pageant

April 10, 2009

TFF- And a Grilled Cheese Pageant


April is National Grilled Cheese Month and I've decided to post a weekly Grilled Cheese recipe. I love Grilled Cheese and when I was in school I lived on Grilled Cheese, day in and day out, and never tired of the wonderful taste and unending concoctions.

One of my Twitter buddies, Panini Kathy, is hosting a Grilled Cheese Pageant and I am entering Mr. Tastebud's scrumptious Grilled Cheese with Cheddar and Provolone, Tomato and Bacon on WW Bread.

This week for Tyler Florence Fridays I made his Grilled Cheese from the Food Network series Soup and Sammie. First I made Tyler's recipe and I used Granny Smith Apples. And they were very good, except I thought the Dijon Mustard and Apple were fighting for taste control.









But for my second sandwich I used Provolone, bacon, Granny Smith Apple on Sourdough Bread. I'm not much of a condiment person so I eliminated the Dijon Mustard. Loved it! I'm thinking Pear would be a good alternative too!!






Of course Mr. Tastebuds had to show me up with his Grilled Cheese du Jour and made a Grilled Cheese on WW bread with Cheddar Cheese, Provolone Cheese, Bacon and Tomato!







Grilled Cheese
Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

8 slices country-style white bread, sliced 1/2-inch thick
12 ounces farmhouse Cheddar, sliced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 slices bacon, cooked to desired doneness
1 green apple, thinly sliced
Dijon mustard
Directions
Heat griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat. Alternatively you can use your panini press if you have one.

Assemble sandwich: Generously spread Dijon on 4 slices of bread. Top with slices of Cheddar, 3 pieces of bacon, apple slices and additional Cheddar. Place the remaining bread on top and spread with butter. Place on skillet buttered-side down and butter the remaining side. Cook until cheese is slightly melted and bread is browned. Flip the sandwich and continue to cook until cheese is thoroughly melted and sandwich is golden brown.







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23 Comments:

Anonymous Kathy - Panini Happy said...

These look so fantastic. I agree, Dijon sometimes likes to steal the spotlight :-) Thanks for entering the Pageant!

April 10, 2009 at 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Brian Meagher said...

Mmmm... great looking sandwiches and photos!

I don't think I've ever tried dijon on a GC, but now I have to!

There is a favorite grilled cheese I do really love, but to make it authentic, you have to actually bake the bread. Not a big deal if you like baking bread, and the results are wonderful!

Kevin Weeks makes James Beard's bread for the ultimate GC sammie:
http://bit.ly/EmSHA

Nice job Michelle!

April 10, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Bron said...

This is exactly want I want to eat right now, perfectly golden and delicious! So pleased to have found your blog!

April 10, 2009 at 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Allen of Eating Out Loud said...

Beautiful! I just a grilled the other day with dijon and a mix of smoked cheese and gruyere. I love any type of sandwich but especially the ones with melted cheese :-)

April 10, 2009 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger leanne said...

This looks wonderful. My kids live on grilled cheese too or at least they want to.

April 10, 2009 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

All the pictures are making me drool! I wish people would pay more attention to the grilled cheese sandwich. It certainly deserves the spotlight. Look the idea of a grilled cheese pageant. Great post!

April 10, 2009 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

I would like to be there for your taste-off. Please send me your address and a map. I will bring my own napkin, and beer!
Love the trio of sammies, great theme!

April 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Debinhawaii said...

All three of the sandwiches looks gooey and delicious. Any one of them would be perfect in the pageant!

April 10, 2009 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

When I first saw the pic, I thought, Michelle is having a bad day...LOL..that's what you said on my faux grilled cheese post for April 1st..:)
They all look good..I don't know which to have??
A quarter of each??where's the tomato soup??
Happy Easter, Michelle..

April 10, 2009 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger natalia said...

Ciao ! i didn't imagine there was a grilled cheese month but I agree I love it and must try your sandwiches !!

April 10, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Anonymous LunaCafe said...

But wasn't March LAST month? LOL. Anyway, who cares what month it is, grilled cheese sandwiches are to die for. I think we eat them at least twice a week. Whenever I make them, I see that scene in an old Johnnie Depp movie where he and his girlfriend "grill" them on the ironing board with a hot iron. Great photos!

April 10, 2009 at 7:59 PM  
OpenID cantbelieveweate said...

Oh YUM. Seriously. Apple. Bacon. Cheese. What's not to love?

April 10, 2009 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

LunaCafe, LOLLLOLLOL!

I made a mistake and typed March and you're right it's April and April is National Grilled Cheese Month.

You're the first to notice!

April 10, 2009 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

These look like everything grilled cheese could hope for and more!

April 10, 2009 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

National Grilled Cheese Month? I'm in. Love love love the cheese. Really.

Wait until I tell the kids!

April 10, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

Yummmm, looks so great!

April 10, 2009 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

It's a grill cheese marathon! A new one for each day of the week maybe? :-)
Try turkey, provolone, bacon and pears.
Your grilled cheeses look great, almost breakfast food too.

April 11, 2009 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger Renovation Therapy said...

I sneak in a little blue cheese & tomato with my cheddar cheese sandwich and it's heaven!

April 11, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Your recipes are to die for. I am a true cheese lover and didn't know this month was Grilled Cheese month so I will have to honor it with a special cheese sammie meal. Brie and green apples and smoked turkey sandwiches are good too!

April 11, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Fun ideas! There's nothing like a good grilled cheese sandwich.

April 11, 2009 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my goodness! Those sandwiches look so good!

April 11, 2009 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Mmm, grilled cheese is such an amazing comfort food. I love your idea to replace the apple with pear. So many options! Your grilled cheese looks amazing. I need to make one for myself right now! My mom used to make her in college on an ironing board--she's wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil and iron over it!

April 12, 2009 at 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

Can I have one right now...this looks so great! Wow. All that cheesy goodness. I need to learn how to do it this way.

April 14, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

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