Friday, August 30, 2013

Grilled Cheese Sophistiqué

Even grown-ups still love kid-favorites like mac & cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets, and grilled cheese.  The grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate kid "dinner" and I must admit that even I (a self-proclaimed grown-up) enjoy a delicious, gooey, grilled cheese sandwich every now and then.  This version, the Grilled Cheese Sophistiqué (or Sophisticated Grilled Cheese), is a version completely for grown-ups - complete with a crunchy, Parmesan crust.  The flavor combination is complex, to say the least.  This is a sandwich that seems complicated, but is actually quite easy.  You won't be sorry you tried this one, I promise!

  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2 slices of potato bread
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons apricot preserves
  • 2 slices Muenster cheese
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula

Pan Insert to Use:  Base Unit

Servings:  1

1. Preheat grill. If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
2. Spritz pan insert with non-stick spray.
3. Spread Parmesan cheese onto a large plate and pour olive oil into a small bowl.
4. Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil and then press each into the Parmesan, coating completely.

5. Place bread slices Parmesan-side-down onto a sheet of wax paper.  Spread one slice with the Dijon mustard, and spread the other slice with the apricot preserves.
6. Place 1 slice of Muenster cheese onto the slice with the preserves.  Cover with the baby arugula.

7. Place the second slice of Muenster on top of the arugula, and top with the second slice of bread, Parmesan facing up.

8. Place the sandwich into the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.

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