Photo and Column by Lindsay Kucera/The AS Review
Guess what? April is Grilled Cheese Month! That’s right: a whole month dedicated to the sandwich everyone (except the lactose-intolerant) grew up on! I miss most food holidays, except Pi Day, so I was pretty lucky that I had 30 days to get my act together and use this as an excuse to make something extra easy. For those of you rolling your eyes, don’t worry: These aren’t your ordinary, humdrum grilled cheese sandwiches.
Also: this week, I’m not going to give prices since I made multiple sandwiches, but all of them were under $10 to make at least two sandwiches. To give you a general idea of the cost, I made you this oh-so-original code:
$ = You’re broke and too busy to cook “real” food.
$$ = You had a bad day and need a special treat.
$$$ = You’ve got something to prove.
I can’t believe I’m breaking down the grilled cheese process, but here you go: When all your ingredients are prepared, layer them on the bread. Start by putting any sauces or spreads on each slice of bread, put on a layer of cheese, then any vegetables or meat and then another layer of cheese. Butter the outside of both slices of bread. Fry in a pan on medium heat until bread is golden brown and then flip the sandwich with a spatula. The sandwich is done when the cheese is melted. If the sandwich is on fire, give up your dreams of a cooking career right now. Destroy all the evidence that you ever tried.
Ham & Swiss— $
Sliced deli ham with layer of Swiss cheese. (I make mine with spicy mustard.)
Tom & Jacks—$
Thinly sliced tomato paired with pepper jack cheese.
Grilled PB& J—$
Your favorite childhood lunch paired with your other favorite childhood lunch! Okay, there’s not cheese in it, but it’s still delicious. This is also great as peanut butter and Nutella. Or you know, just Nutella.
Raspberry and Cream Cheese—$
Grilled cheeses aren’t always for dinner! Make this one with raspberry or blackberry jam and cream cheese, and then dip in
chocolate for a yummy dessert.
Slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced tomato and basil pesto. This is a sandwich you can make over and over.
Essentially a tuna melt: tuna, mayo, tomato, onion and the cheese of your choice. Go vegetarian and make this with sliced avocado instead.
Here it is: turkey, melted Brie cheese and apple slices. It’s very rich.
Goat Cheese with Caramelized Veggies—$$$
This one might be my new favorite. Tangy goat cheese teams up with caramelized onions, garlic, zucchini and mushrooms to make something magical.