Sunday, May 3, 2015

Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Mozzarella Sandwich


Another kid-friendly favorite in our house!  What's better than a grilled cheese?  A pizza-inspired grilled cheese!  Coating the outside of the sandwich in Parmesan cheese makes a delicious and flavorful crust that is reminiscent of Italian cuisine.  We like to dip ours in an Italian (red) sauce like spaghetti sauce or marinara.  This would probably be really good dipped in a hearty tomato soup as well.  Try giving it more of a "pizza" flavor by sprinkling some Italian seasoning on the mozzarella cheese before cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Italian (red) sauce, for dipping
Pan Insert to Use:  Base Unit

Servings:  1

Directions:
1. Preheat grill. If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
2. Spritz pan with non-stick spray.
3. Place 2 slices of mozzarella cheese between 2 slices of bread.


4. Brush outside of sandwich with olive oil and press into the shredded Parmesan to coat - do this with both sides of the sandwich.


5. Place in grill and close cover.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, cook other side for 2-3 minutes.
6. Let cool slightly before eating - the cheese will be HOT!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mac & Cheese Pizza (Macaroni & Chizza)


The kid in me (and the kid in my house) will always love two things: mac & cheese and pizza.  This recipe uses both to create a creamy, gooey, yummy, combination of comfort food.  This recipe takes the term "comfort food" to a whole new level!  I present: The Mac & Cheese Pizza (or as my hubby likes to call it, "Macaroni and Chizza").

Ingredients:
  • 1 tube refrigerated thin pizza crust (11 oz size)
  • 2 macaroni & cheese cups (1 serving each) - I used "Bob Evans" refrigerated cups, but "Lean Cuisine" also makes frozen single-serving cups.  Prepared "Easy Mac" would also work.

Pan Insert to Use:  Full Round Pan

Servings:  2-4  (makes 2 pizzas)

Directions:
1.  Preheat grill.  If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
2.  Spray full round pan insert with nonstick spray.
3.  Cut dough roll into 2 large halves and refrigerate one half for later use.


4.  Roll out remaining pizza dough and divide in half.  Press the first half into the full round pan insert.


5.  Prepare/warm macaroni and cheese in the microwave according to package directions.  Spread over pizza dough.


6.  Place pan insert into preheated grill and close lid.  Cook for about 15 minutes.  Repeat with second pizza.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

EXPIRED! - May 2015 Giveaway

Would you like to win the May 2015 Giveaway? How do you enter? Easy... all you have to do is like us on Facebook and Enter the Giveaway by clicking here and following the required steps. The winner will be announced on May 15, 2015. For further details, please see the "Terms & Conditions" section at the bottom of this post. This is the prize that the winner will receive:


Xpress Redi-Set-Go Recipe Booklet:
On the Go
For those of you who own a GT Xpress 101, Xpress Redi-Set-Go, or an Xpress Platinum, you know that there are only a few ways to get recipes: (1) sign up for the "Easy Eatin' Recipe" club, (2) become an "Xpress Recipe Xchange" member, or (3) find recipes online from various sources.

I happen to frequent thrift stores, and occasionally I am lucky enough to run across the recipe booklets from the "Easy Eatin' Recipe Club." That's where this little booklet came from. It's in very good condition. Even though the booklet is marked for the "Redi-Set-Go" grill, the recipes will work in the Xpress Platinum, and it looks like they will also work in the GT Xpress 101. :)


Recipes Included in Booklet:
Fresh Tomato Tart
Take-Out Dim Sum
Authentic Turkey Cuban Sandwich to Go
Stilton and Bacon Bits
Pork Roll & Cheese Croissant
Pepperoni Biscuits
Parmesan Bagel Bake
Grilled Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Egg Cups
Hot Roast Beef on a Roll
Ham Salad Poppers
Grilled Tofu Sandwich
Italian Pepper and Egg Sandwich to Go
Hiker's Danish
Grilled Hot Chile Sandwiches


Terms & Conditions:
One winner will be selected in a random drawing. No purchase necessary. This particular offer is only open to US residents. Only persons over the age of 18 are eligible, and you may be asked to provide proof of age or identity at any time. The offer ends on May 15, 2015.  The winner will be announced on Facebook and notified by email on how to redeem his/her prize.  The winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize - no exceptions. If the prize is not claimed within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible entries. The prize may not be exchanged for money or money's worth. Winner assumes all liability for any injury and/or damage caused, or claimed to be caused by participation in this promotion or redemption of any prize.


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