Everything is better between slices of bread and fried in butter…

Posted: October 13, 2009 by jerkmagblog in Uncategorized
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I’m in a cheese coma. And butter. And chocolate. And I may have severely compromised my complexion. And my figure. But it’s all in the name of discovery, of science, even. And I have discovered that you can make almost anything more delicious when reinterpreted as a grilled cheese sandwich.

I was surfing around on epicurious.com, looking for something for my first cooking blog entry. Something meaningful, and shocking, and attention-grabbing. Something that would pull people in. I am, after all, walking in similar shoes as Julie Powell, foraying into the unknown through a culinary wormhole in my tiny South Campus kitchen. But then I saw a recipe for “Fried Bittersweet Chocolate Bread” and all my cares went out the window.

“Fried Bittersweet Chocolate Bread” is an extremely simple and absolutely beautiful recipe. It’s a sandwich of chocolate cooked in a pan with butter until golden brown. And I wondered, “What else could I put between slabs of bread and fry in butter?”

Yummy ingredients for a yummy recipe, thanks to P&C.

Yummy ingredients for a yummy recipe, thanks to P&C.

A world of possibilities opened in my head, and I threw on my coat and hoofed it to P&C.

I came back an hour later, laden with Italian bread, mozzarella, brie, pepperoni, Hershey’s bars, and Reese’s cups. My kitchen was already stocked with bacon, raspberry jam, peanut butter, Colby jack cheese, apples, and, most important of all: butter.

I got to assembling, season three of The Office playing on Netflix in the background. I ended up with six creations. Brie and apple, mozzarella and pepperoni, Colby jack, bacon and brie, peanut butter and jelly, hershey’s chocolate, and reese’s peanut butter cup.Ten minutes and a few tablespoons of butter later, I had my first two: Colby jack, bacon and brie, and mozzarella and pepperoni. I should have cooked the pepperoni first, to make it crispy, and the mozzarella had a strangely soggy-ing effect on the bread. The other sandwich, however, nobly upheld the theory that everything is better with bacon. And, really, brie and Italian bread aren’t easy to improve upon in the first place.

Next up was brie and apple and peanut butter and jelly. Grilled peanut butter and jelly. Well. It’s exactly what it sounds like. And it’s damn near impossible to eat. The bread slid all around across the peanut butter, and a mixture of jam and pb oozed everywhere with an unstoppable will.

Eating a brie and apple grilled cheese, however, will make you feel the epitome of trendy and innovative. It’s the hipster’s dream. You’ll feel ready to invite Tom Colicchio over for dinner. Thankfully, it also tastes damn good, which is enough for me.

Ok, so we’ve learned that melted cheese goes well with a lot of things. Honestly, that’s nothing compared to what’s coming next. All I can say, before I move on to dessert, is kids: try this at home.

My Reese’s and Hershey’s sandwiches came out perfectly golden brown, smelling tantalizingly of melted chocolate. I can’t fully describe what a masterpiece two buttery, crispy pieces of bread with warm, melted chocolate in the middle is like. It should be a new breakfast staple, what every Romantic-Comedy Casanova makes the morning after a one-night stand.

When I’m exhausted and stressed and married with children, I want this to be delivered to me in bed on mother’s day morning. Or every morning, if I’m lucky and have servile children.

The final product!

The final product!

My fridge is now fully stocked with cheese and fatty meats, and I’ll be making my grilled-cheese adaptations regularly. Except possibly grilled pb & j. Re-interpreting grilled cheese is a better first recipe than I thought. It’s not exactly a grand leap into the unknown, but it gracefully fills the role of making my dietary life more interesting and tasty, which hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish every week this semester.

I’ve achieved part of what a beginning should be: delicious success and cheese coma. Now I need to take that grand leap into the unknown. So, look out, next week, it’s time to bone a duck.

~Roxanne Broda-Blake

  1. Kate says:

    mmm you should try grilled sharp cheddar, strawberries and honey

    and grilled cheese, tuna and dried cranberries..

    some of my favorites 🙂

  2. Ferdinand says:

    ¡encuentro este muy emocionante!

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