Saturday, April 5, 2008

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Somewhat implausibly, April is National Grilled Cheese Month. But given the weather today - we have already gone through a heavy snow storm, sun, and blowing snow, and it is only noon - a grilled cheese sandwich sounds pretty good. A quick perusal of Google space shows that there is lots of enthusiasm for this celebration; even the New York Times has gotten into the act with a list of NY restaurants that serve good grilled cheese sandwiches. I'm looking forward to celebrating the month by serving my kids grilled cheese sandwiches every weekend, starting with the basic mayo and cheddar version (sorry, we don't do American cheese here). Then I will have fun thinking about variations to try:
  • Cheddar and green chilis
  • Goat cheese and pesto (or tapenade)
  • Blue cheese and spinach
  • Brie and sauteed onions
  • Cheddar, bacon, and tomato
  • Provolone and artichoke hearts (or artichoke dip)
  • Farmer cheese and salsa (or black beans)
  • Cheddar and chili
And that's before I even try unusual breads; the Co-op's flat breads will undoubtedly suggest a few more ideas. Then there are toppings to consider; mustard is an obvious one, but mango chutney seems to have some promise - with which cheese? This could be a fun month!

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