Archive | June, 2012

More About Grilled Sandwiches

21 Jun

I referenced a grilled sandwich incident in the S’mores post.  I am a big fan of grilled sandwiches, especially grilled cheese sandwiches.  The hooligans love them too.  Grilled cheese sandwiches are the topic of one of their favorite songs.  My grilled cheese making abilities have definitely been on a journey and I am proud to say that my skills have greatly improved.

Let’s travel in the way back machine to when I was in 8th grade (yes, that was A LOT of years ago).  I was babysitting for my cousin.  Feeding her was typically quite easy- make a batch of Mac ‘n’ Cheese and some of Bill Cosby’s favorite Jello pudding that you shake up in the mixing cup.  Then we could get back to playing Barbies or Candyland or doing cartwheels.  Then one day, she changed the plan.  She wanted a GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH.

This should have been easy… if I had taken Home Ec the previous year.  If only they had Google or YouTube back in the day.  I was confident I could wing it and make a faux version that would pass.  Common, she was a preschooler… do they really know the different. (ANSWER: Yes, this was the day I learned you don’t mess with a preschooler when it comes to food).  So I set forth making my mock version of a grilled cheese.

I made two pieces of toast, buttered one side each, and put a slice of American Cheese in between them.  I then popped the sandwich in the microwave and turned the dial to 30 seconds.   Half a minute late, SHAZAM! a melted cheese on toast sandwich.  She was not impressed!  She refused to eat it.  It was not a REAL grilled cheese sandwich.

What do you do in a crisis, call your BFF- you know, the one who actually took home ec.   Thankfully, she was home answered the phone and was willing to walk me through grilling the sandwich- in a frying pan.  A big shout out for Jr. High besties!

Since that day I have continued to work on my sandwich grilling technique.  Every once in a while a sandwich gets sacrificed and gets a bit extra toasty.  (Confession: sometimes I do this on purpose.  I like them a bit on the burnt side.  This is how I tag the sandwich as mine).  The grilled cheese, the breakfast grilled cheese (add scrambled eggs), and even the international version- the quesadilla, are now staples in meal planning.

How do you make a grilled cheese, what is your favorite version?

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S’more Sandwiches

7 Jun

We LOVE S’mores!

I know who doesn’t love S’mores?  They are crunchy, gooey, and chocolaty goodness all together.  They remind me of the past- camp outs with my family, campfires at summer camp, and backpacking trips with my church youth group.  But our family LOVES S’mores in a if it was a person we would have a restraining order kind of way.

As a family we celebrate National S’more day every year (August 10th in case you were wondering).  We even try different recipes like Hershey with Almonds for an extra crunch and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for extra melty goodness on this day.   Our previous home had a fire pit in the back and we could roast marshmallows to make S’mores and this was BEFORE we had the hooligans.  When we moved into our new house we were excited because of the gas stove.  S’mores year round for us.  One of our favorite gifts was a S’more kit.  We have special marshmallow roasting sticks- one for each member of the family.

About a year ago, I discovered one our our local food trucks had a dessert called the S’moreski.  (I also love food trucks but that is a different story).  I tried it- it was delicious!  Like the kind of delicious that makes you think you are going to get in trouble for being so happy while you eat.  A couple of months later, the food truck was in the area again and I got another one and shared it with the hooligans.  Since that day, if you ask them what they wanted for dessert they would say a Smoreski.

Well, the truck doesn’t seem to frequent the areas around us anymore so we had to take matters into our own hands.

Introducing… The S’more Sandwich

yummmmm!

We buttered Hawaiian sweetbread on one side and then spread marshmallow fluff on the other side of one piece and Nutella on the remaining piece.  We added a graham cracker in the middle and grilled it to perfection ala a grilled cheese sandwich.  (It is a good think I learned how that day when I was babysitting-another story I will have to tell you about).

It was as good as we all remembered, if not a bit better because we had made it ourselves.  This will not be a staple dessert in our house considering the possible effects it could have on one’s waistline but on special occasions we will definitely be making it again.

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