Working on my Night Cheese

There are few things I love more than cheese (30 Rock may be one of them). I can often be found snacking on some muenster or double cream brie in the wee hours of the night, while watching Liz Lemon try to "have it all." In her case, "it all" includes a sandwich, so what better way to introduce myself & my blog (and my love for 30 Rock) than by sharing an easy & delicious grilled cheese?

This delectable grilled cheese was borne out of what happened to be in my kitchen at the time.

The best thing about the grilled cheese is its simplicity. Your standard bread-cheese-butter combo is just as delightful as any gourmet concoction you can dream up and both can be made in minutes.

One of my favorite things about the grilled cheese are the endless possibilities. Not only is there a world of cheese to choose from (and combine), there are also spreads, spices, veggies, fruits & more just begging to be part of that melty, gooey, greasy goodness.

Want to recreate my grilled cheese? Here's what you'll need:

  • Bread Alone Sourdough Rye
  • Bonne Maman Orange Marmalade
  • Muenster cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Arugula (or Rocket for the Brits)
  • Maille Dijon Originale
  • Butter

My preferred assembly - slice of rye, heavy handed spread of marmalade, slices of muenster, and a pile of arugula. Melt some butter in a pan of your choice over medium-low heat, and start grilling your assembled slice. Once the first slice is in the pan, add slices of parmesan cheese on top of the arugula. Take the second slice of rye and coat one side liberally with butter. Flip and slather on your mustard. Place mustard side down on top of the bread in the pan. Give the sandwich some time to toast up and for the cheese to mostly all melt. Medium-low heat is key here so your bread browns but doesn't burn! When the cheese is mostly melted, carefully flip & grill until your second slice is nicely browned. Voila, sandwich!

You can make a grilled cheese with anything you have on hand - blackberries, mint, sharp cheddar? bacon, brie, applesauce? ricotta, mozzarella, olive tapenade, asparagus? monterey jack, cinnamon, honey? I could go on forever!

Bottom line - the key to a great grilled cheese, or any meal:

Be creative. Take a risk. Trust yourself!