Classic Combo

DSC_7732 (1600x1060)This is just about the perfect combination for lunch or a quick dinner.  The soup is from a can and the grilled cheese doesn’t take long.  This one has bacon and cheddar with sliced muenster cheese on sourdough.  The key to making a grilled cheese is to manage the heat so that the cheese is all melted before the bread is burnt.  You can shorten the time it takes to complete this by popping the sammy into the microwave for a short time to hurry the cheese melt – this lets you crank the heat up on the skillet or griddle.  I usually keep the flame low and cover the pan to arrive at the same condition.

Pizza for lunch

It’s been a little while since I’ve put a pizza together.  Sounded good for lunch today.

I’m using one of those Lebanese style whole wheat pitas.  These are very thin and make most excellent pizza crusts.  I swabbed on some of my awesome sauce, then pinched off some mozzarella from a fresh block and dotted that around the top.  I dug up some pepperoni and tore a slice of ham into pieces, did the same for a slice of muenster cheese.  There were some chopped fresh tomatoes and onions in a little plastic cup in the fridge left over from some other project, they worked great on this.  I minced a little bit of red bell pepper to round the toppings off.

It spent 15 minutes in my toaster oven on the pizza setting, 425 degrees.  The cheeses were running off the crust.

Mmm…soup ‘n sandwich

“Nothing says loving like something from the…”  Wait!  Wrong jingle!

Oh well, nothing says lunch like soup ‘n sandwich.  I fixed this plate for Mrs J, she hasn’t had one of the new! so cool! tasty! inside out grilled cheese sammiches yet.

Method and materials are the same as the post from yesterday:  Sourdough garlic bread, muenster cheese for the inside, and shredded Swiss cheese for the outside crispy layer.

The soup is nothing special, a chicken noodle made with wide noodles, snow pea pods, shredded cabbage, grated carrots, sliced celery and some green onions.  It was OK, but the star here was the grilled cheese.

Inside out grilled cheese.

This was fun, and tasty!  There was a discussion of cheese sammiches at another venue and a commenter linked to a video of what he called “inside out grilled cheese”.  It looked pretty good, but the iconoclast in me rejected the cheese and bread recommendations.  Well not so much reject as discover that I didn’t have that stuff.  I did have some of the garlic sourdough and some muenster cheese.  Another search turned up some shredded Swiss.  I was good to go:

I used olive oil rather than the butter in the video, and placed the sliced muenster inside the bread, and used the shredded Swiss for the crispy outside.  It worked great!