Most of my spontaneous ideas come from having a small amount of something left over that I don’t want to throw out and having a sparked interest from a recipe I saw. When I notice that some ingredients are getting close to going bad, I start to search for recipes so that I can use them before it’s too late. I think I’ve experimented enough and followed directions that I feel pretty confident to pay around.
I found a copy of Food Network that had a number of sandwiches in it. Here’s the link for the online slideshow that has the 10 spins on grilled cheese. I definitely want to try the apricot and brie grilled cheese!
Anyway, this sparked some interest in me to make my own.
What You’ll Need
- 2 slices of sweet bread of your choice, (I used whole wheat cinnamon bread with raisins)
- a serving or two of soft cheese like goat cheese or cream cheese, (I’ve used vanilla blueberry goat cheese, cinnamon cranberry goat cheese, cream cheese with pumpkin pie spice and maple pecan goat cheese to get some ideas)
- baking sheet
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Measure out a serving of the cheese of your choice and gentley spread it on both sides of bread. The most recent cheese I used was maple pecan goat cheese, which is a soft cheese, but also tough to spread without ripping the bread. So treat your bread nicely, ha!
- Put your bread together, place on the baking sheet and place in the oven.
- Bake on each side for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melty/bread is toasty.
That’s really it. I know many of you know how to make grilled cheese. Some use butter on each side to help with the toasting and creation of the perfect crunch. Some use mayo – don’t make a face, some do! If you wanted to do this stove top you could use butter or mayo to get that crisp. I like baking them because theyre less likely burn and it helps me get other things done while making them, like the coffee!
Create your own spread
When I’ve used plain cream cheese I’ve added spices and seasoning to it. A serving of cream cheese is 2 tablespoons and I’ll add 1 teaspoon of whatever spice I want. Here are some of the spices you could add:
- Pumpkin pie seasoning – if you don’t have this on hand, mix: cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg
- Flavor God Chocolate Glazed Donut Seasoning
- Italian Herb spices – if you don’t have this on hand, mix: oregano, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, garlic
Picking your bread
I prefer my breakfast “grilled” cheese to be sweet, but you could play with pairings. if I want savory, I typically make a yolky egg to dip my sandwich in.
Here are breads I’ve used when creating in the kitchen:
- Cinnamon raisin
- Whole wheat
- Olive and herb
Let me know what kinds of pairings you think may be good to try. Are there any cheeses that you think would be perfect this way?