You may have seen my tweets about participating in cook-offs on the weekends. I suggested a grilled cheese cook-off because who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese sandwich?
Here’s the scene, two competitors, one male and one female, their ingredients have just been bought at the supermarket and the tension is high. Pinches and pokes are exchanged as each cook tries to throw off the other and grills are turned on. The heat rises and droplets of sweat begin to form as they try and make sure all the components of their sandwiches are completed on time. Minutes pass and sandwiches are finished, plated and the couple walk to a neighbours’ house for them to judge. Each cook stares at each judge looking for some expression, a hint as to who has won. The judges deliberate and announce…..my sandwich has won!
Ok, it might not have been that dramatic but it was fun times. That was our second showdown making the score 2-0. See my opponent tried too hard by adding sophisticated flavours but the key to the best grilled cheese sandwich is simplicity. We’ve all seen those Kraft Singles Cheese adverts where the kids stretch two halves of their grilled cheese sandwich and dreamed of yummy sandwiches of our own. Well my grilled cheese sandwich might not stretch as wide but it sure fulfilled my dreams.
I know you agree that my sandwich was the winning sandwich because it tasted as good as it looks, trust me!
Live, Love, Eat!
- 2 hamburger buns
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (one garlic clove diced)
- 4 slices Canadian Bacon
- 1 Bartlett pear, ripe
- 6 slices of mature cheddar cheese
- 2 oz grated mozzarella
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Turn on the broiler or grill and cook bacon.
- Slice about 4 thin slices of the pear and set aside
- Heat 1.5 tbsp butter in a sauté pan and put the bread skin side down until they brown (about 2 minutes). Remove the bacon.
- Mix butter and garlic, then spread it on one half of the buns with one of the cheeses.
- On the other half spread the mustard and put the other cheese and then put the buns under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese becomes bubbly and begins to brown.
- Remove from the oven, put bacon and pear inside the sandwich before serving.