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    Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

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    Sharon123
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:54 pm
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    Ooey, gooey, crispy, and delicious, the grilled cheese sandwich still ranks number one with kids and many adults who grew up on the three ingredient cheesy delight. American or cheddar cheese are typically found between two slices of buttered white bread when making this simple meal, and it is quite often paired up with tomato soup.


    The grilled cheese sandwich is a variation of the French recipe, the "Croque Monsieur," which is a hot ham and cheese sandwich served in Bistros and has been around since the early1900's. It is made with two slices of bread, buttered on one side only, with ham and cheese in the center, and fried in clarified butter. However the English claim that they in fact invented the sandwich, claiming that long before the word sandwich came into use, it was common for workers in the field to place meat, fish, or cheese between two slices of black bread.

    No matter who invented this cheesy comfort food, it is loved by most and will continue to be a staple in households for years to come. The no brainer ease of constructing it is just about as elementary as you can get, but gourmet food lovers have managed to find crafty ways of embellishing the grilled cheese, taking it to another level entirely.

    The simplicity of cheese, bread, and butter prepared in a frying pan has been replaced with easy to use kitchen gadgets that include opened and close style sandwich machines like the Panini maker, toastmasters, and grilling appliances designed for the ultimate sandwich.

    No matter what method you prefer to use to master your cheesy culinary toasted piece of heaven, the grilled cheese sandwich is a favorite comfort food that is here to stay, and its versatility is the grilled cheese sandwich's greatest feature. It can be dressed up or dressed down, while the main ingredients, melted cheese, butter, and bread, always remain the same."


    1920's: The grilled cheese sandwich was made with processed cheese and sliced white bread.

    1940: Grilled cheese sandwiches were open-faced and usually made with prepackaged grated "American" cheddar cheese.

    1960: The top piece of bread was added to the grilled cheeses and became standard.

    2004: The Golden Palace purchases a piece of grilled cheese pop culture for $28,000. The partially eaten sandwich bore the image of the Virgin Mary.

    2006: Sonya Thomas, the 100 pound woman who ate 26 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes, winning the World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship and $8,000 for her ability to consume a large amount of food.

    April is the National Grilled Cheese Month

    November 3 is National Sandwich Day in honor of John Montagu's birthday. It is believed that this 18th-century English noble, better known as the fourth Earl of Sandwich, wanted to eat with one hand during a 24-hour gambling bender. So, he instructed his servants to serve him his meal between two pieces of bread.

    In Milan, toasted cheese sandwiches are a popular gourmet snack. The cheese is laid over artisan bread and then topped with olives, roasted peppers and herbs.

    Info from yahoo.com
    A grilled cheese sandwich is a staple food for children because it’s simple, quick, and cheap to make. Kids like simple food, and an American cheese slice on white bread is as simple as it gets. Melt it by frying it in butter, and that adds a dose of love to the dish. When we get older, the pleasure that sandwich brings stays with us, even as we add adult touches like gourmet bread, a variety of cheeses, and extras like vegetables and spices. A grilled cheese is both vegetarian and kosher, but if that’s not a concern it is certainly acceptable to add meat as well. Your basic American chain restaurant knows this, which is why the patty melt, a grilled cheese with a hamburger patty and sauteed onions on rye bread, became so popular.
    Today, this simple comfort food and all its grown-up variations are more popular than ever. So popular, in fact, that you can find restaurants that specialize in grilled cheese sandwiches. Just this week inventor Jonathan Kaplan, who developed the Flip camera, open a grilled cheese restaurant in San Francisco called The Melt, which he hopes will become a chain. It won’t be the first. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen already serves San Francisco. Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese is open in Austin, Texas, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In Maryland, you’ll find Grilled Cheese and Co. There’s Cheesie’s Pub and Grub in Chicago. Melt Bar and Grilled is preparing to open their third location in Ohio. The Grilled Cheese Grill has two outlets serving Portland, Oregon. And the Melthouse Bistro is planned for Milwaukee.


    Info from mentalfloss

    Here are just a few recipes from food.com:

    The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for Many
    Super Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
    Velveeta Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    Kittencal's Thick and Rich Creamy Tomato Soup (Low-Fat Option)
    Roasted Tomato Soup
    Ginger's "Dorito" Soup (Spicy Tomato Soup)
    Homemade Tomato-Basil Soup with Cheese Toasts
    Tomato Basil Soup



    So what's your favorite grilled cheese sandwich? Do you like it with tomato soup or maybe some other soup? Please give us your favorite recipes!


    Last edited by Sharon123 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:03 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Chocolatl
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:48 pm
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    Sharon123
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:06 pm
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    Those sandwiches look seriously good! I am so craving a grilled cheese sandwich right now!
    duonyte
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:30 pm
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    I spread the bread with mayo - no waiting for butter to soften and it leads to a nice golden exterior.

    I buy cheese in chunks mostly, so have found that using the coarse shredder to reduce the cheese to shreds leads to the best result. I also like dabbing bits of goat cheese or some other soft cheese around. Goat cheese tastes really good as part of a grilled cheese sandwich.

    I generally try to use two cheeses - it seems to enahnce the experience. And I have been known to slip in a slice of ham in there, too!
    *Parsley*
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:42 pm
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    Rye bread, swiss cheese and homegrown tomato slice!
    Sharon123
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:09 am
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    Love cheese with rye or pumpernickel bread! And I agree, two(or more) cheeses enhances the experience!
    Sharon123
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:14 am
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    Dee514
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:35 pm
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    My favorite grilled cheese sandwich is a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich!
    Soup du jour is optional icon_smile.gif

    Bacon must be cooked crisp (or however you prefer your bacon), the cheese must be a good quality, flavorful cheddar, bread (of choice). I used to prefer a "white" bread (Italian, Portuguese, etc), now I usually use a whole grain bread or occasionally even pumpernickel. The outsides of the bread must be spread very lightly with Hellmann's mayo or butter (for flavor and it keeps the bread from sticking)....place the coated side of the bread down on the frying pan or griddle, place two thin slices of cheese on the bread, place 3-4 pieces of cooked bacon (in a single layer) on top of the cheese, top bacon with one thin slice of cheese, top the last slice of cheese with the second slice of bread (coated/buttered side up). Cook until bread is toasted to your liking, turn the sandwich over and cook until the other side is toasted to your liking.

    Let sandwich cool a bit before biting into it, so you don't burn the roof of your mouth with molten cheese. icon_sad.gif

    Depending on the type of cheese you use, placing a saucepan lid over the sandwich when "toasting" the second side can help the cheese melt.
    Iron Bloomers
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:02 pm
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    ok, now I have to spill my fav.....it's 2 slices of thick fresh Italian bread & enough Fresh Mozzarella(not the processed kind) to cover 1 of the slices, cover with second slice & butter both outsides, pan cook till lightly browned & cheese is all 'melty'. Once you've had this all others pale in comparison IMHO.
    you can eat this as is, with soup, or with a warmed bowl of pasta sauce for dipping.
    Dee514
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:47 pm
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    Iron Bloomers wrote:
    ok, now I have to spill my fav.....it's 2 slices of thick fresh Italian bread & enough Fresh Mozzarella(not the processed kind) to cover 1 of the slices, cover with second slice & butter both outsides, pan cook till lightly browned & cheese is all 'melty'. Once you've had this all others pale in comparison IMHO.
    you can eat this as is, with soup, or with a warmed bowl of pasta sauce for dipping.


    Sounds like a healthier variation (no dipping in egg or frying) of Mozzarella in Carrozza! icon_biggrin.gif Yummmmmm!!!
    But its got to be fresh mozzarella (bufala if you have access to it)!
    MaMere
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:07 pm
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    My fav soup and sammy!

    Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwich for cheesy grilled cheese lovers icon_smile.gif

    I love a good roasted creamy tomato soup! YUM!
    K9 Owned
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:15 pm
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    MaMere wrote:
    My fav soup and sammy!

    Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwich for cheesy grilled cheese lovers icon_smile.gif

    I love a good roasted creamy tomato soup! YUM!

    That looks amazing! Saved. icon_smile.gif
    MaMere
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:18 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    MaMere wrote:
    My fav soup and sammy!

    Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwich for cheesy grilled cheese lovers icon_smile.gif

    I love a good roasted creamy tomato soup! YUM!

    That looks amazing! Saved. icon_smile.gif


    it's really a good sandwich K9, hope you enjoy icon_biggrin.gif
    Iron Bloomers
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:06 pm
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    Dee514 wrote:
    Iron Bloomers wrote:
    ok, now I have to spill my fav.....it's 2 slices of thick fresh Italian bread & enough Fresh Mozzarella(not the processed kind) to cover 1 of the slices, cover with second slice & butter both outsides, pan cook till lightly browned & cheese is all 'melty'. Once you've had this all others pale in comparison IMHO.
    you can eat this as is, with soup, or with a warmed bowl of pasta sauce for dipping.


    Sounds like a healthier variation (no dipping in egg or frying) of Mozzarella in Carrozza! icon_biggrin.gif Yummmmmm!!!
    But its got to be fresh mozzarella (bufala if you have access to it)!


    It is Dee & I have had it dipped as well (lucky to have lived in Italy for 5 yrs)
    I like it both ways & Yes I have access to mozzarella de bufala living here on The Hill (aka Little Italy). Of all the places I could end up living...well the is da Best! icon_lol.gif
    **Tinkerbell**
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:24 pm
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    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a real favorite of mine.
    This V8 Bread recipe was really fun. If you want the soup and sandwich all in one, it came pretty darn close! icon_smile.gif

    V-8 Bread


    While I'm just fine with a can of Campbell's (brings back memories of how mom served it), I do love a homemade tomato soup too. Here are a couple recipes we'd recommend.

    Basil Tomato Soup


    Tomato Soup


    Egyptian Chickpea and Tomato Soup
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