Apparently grilled cheese lovers have way more fun in the bedroom, that according to Skout, an social-networking and dating site. Wow...after 16 years of wedded bliss I'm learning the secret to a happy marriage is a grilled cheese sandwich!
Sunday is National Grilled Cheese Day.
I'm celebrating this national holiday with my sweetie and with a new recipe - Chipotle Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwich. The official holiday is April 12. And who doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich?
I like to spice it up a bit with a little heat and everything is better with bacon – right?
So we fried up a plate of bacon one Saturday morning and had plenty to spare. I'm a big fan of Boar's Head meats and cheeses and for this sandwich I picked up Chipotle Gouda and Three Pepper Colby Jack cheeses. The Gouda has a sweet heat flavor and the Colby Jack kicks it up a notch. For Brewster, he went for the spicy Jack. I stuck with the Gouda.
If you have a Panini grill pan or Panini skillet, use it. It perfectly sears the butter into the bread for that golden crunch you must have when eating a grilled cheese sandwich.
The bacon adds the right salty, crispy hint behind the bold flavors of the cheeses. Choose your bread wisely. Artisan or bakery breads work best and hold their shape when flipping.
These spicy sandwiches taste great alone or with a hot bowl of fresh tomato soup. I promise you'll gobbled them up.
Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!
Chipotle Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- 8 slices artisan sourdough bread
- Spreadable butter
- 1/2 pound Boar's Head Chipotle Gouda, sliced for sandwiches
- 1 package Oscar Meyer bacon, fried crispy
- 2 large tomatoes, sliced
- Romaine lettuce
Allow a Panini grill pan or electric skillet to heat up to medium heat. Gather your ingredients so that they're ready to go in an assembly like fashion.
Spread butter on one side of each piece of sourdough bread. Building one sandwich at a time, place one slice of bread, butter side down in a pan and top with chipotle Gouda cheese, bacon, tomato slices and lettuce. Top with the remaining piece of bread, butter side up.
Grill each side of the sandwich until golden brown on each side. Serve hot.
Serves 4. Total time: 30 minutes.