About the Music: These delicious sammys are made to be enjoyed with company. You’re going to be headed on a journey down memory lane to a time when the playground trumped all other issues, so we thought it would be fitting to make a mix of old and recent jams mostly centering around the genres of funk and disco, you know, to keep it young and hip… Oh, and did i mention I mixed this one myself?
Prep Time: 45 min-1 1/2 hrs
Caprese Grilled Cheese:
Handful fresh basil
2 medium tomatoes
8 slices fresh mozzarella
1/4 cup pesto
6-8 slices good bread (olive, italian)
Avocado Bacon Munster Grilled Cheese:
1-2 ripe avocados
6 pieces hickory smoked bacon
8 slices munster cheese
6-8 slices good rustic bread (sourdough, boule)
Jalapeño Pepper-Jack Salami Grilled Cheese:
1/2 lb salami
2 fresh jalapeños
8 slices pepper-jack cheese
6-8 slices good whole grain bread
Apple Bacon Gouda Grilled Cheese:
1 green apple
8 slices gouda cheese
6 pieces hickory smoked bacon
6-8 slices good white bread
Pear Honey Ricotta Grilled Cheese:
1 small container of ricotta
1 ripe pear
Tomato soup of your choosing
It has gone from summer to winter here in Boulder. I dont know what happened to fall, but apparently it’s taking some time off. So when contemplating our dinner options and shivering in the cold we thought, yea, grilled cheese is what’s up. But not just any grilled cheese, we were gonna bring the hot fire, the kind of culinary excellence that grounds deep in your childhood roots and at the same time pushes you forward, expanding your pallet to a level of sophistication not yet seen on this world or any other. So we went to our local grocery store, picked up some of the fraichest ingredients available, including two different kinds of locally made tomato soup, and headed back home to light a fire and nostalgically begin our journey of 5 sandwiches.
There were six of us, and because everyone wanted to try everything we decided to make three of each kind of sandwich so that everyone could have a half of each. It turned out perfectly. About every 15 minutes everyone had a delicious new snack placed in front of them as they enjoyed the beatz of DJ Falcon Punch.
Our adventure took us through the entire spectrum of tastes, starting with a perfect appetizer in the caprese sandwich, circumnavigating a sea of salty meats, and ending with the sweet flavors of honey and pear.
To make everything easier for yourself, start the operation by (turning on some hot beats) slicing all future ingredients. This includes the apple, pear, cheeses, salami, tomatoes, avocado and bread. It will be a lot easier to have everything prepped, trust me.
Once you have done all this, things are relatively straightforward. First, cook the bacon to desired crispiness and set aside. Then, place all ingredients on your first sandwich, get a skillet heating on medium to high heat, add a little butter to the pan and place your sandwiches in it. We covered ours’ to make sure the cheese melted, flipping it after three or four minutes.
Repeat this procedure for each sandwich until you are disgustingly full. Don’t forget to heat the soup as well. We had ours’ with the bacon, avocado, munster, and the salami, jalapeño, pepper-jack. The order of the ingredients is the order we made our sandwiches and it worked pretty well for us if I do say so myself.
Did I mention the chunes? Yea they were hawt.