Grilled Cheese Sandwiches:
Lately it’s been all soups, salads, fish and healthy choices for the beginning of the year. And I’m proud to say with all the cardio barre, Barry’s Bootcamp and elliptical training I’ve been doing straight through the holidays that I have lost 5 pounds. Doesn’t sound like much, but for me it’s another small step toward my goals. If you’re actually taking the time to read my blogs you will see a theme: “taking one step at a time toward my goals.” That’s my mantra for this year. Laying down the stepping stones one at a time, staying focused until you reach your ultimate destination.
But…every now and then you gotta reward yourself with something yummy and hearty. Tasty grilled cheese sandwiches always do it for me and my family. Yum! Who doesn’t like grilled cheese sandwiches? Many of great sandwiches can be made in the comfort of your own kitchen with a few simple but fresh ingredients. Get as creative as you like. It all starts with a good bread foundation and working your way up from there to your own fantastic hearty sandwich.
Here are two of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches – both of which are great for lunch or dinner.
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Photo by: Michael Brian Photography
Grilled Turkey Cheese Sandwiches:
1 tbsp. butter 2 slices olive bread 2 slices American, Swiss, Cheddar or Colby cheese 2 thin slices of deli turkey or cooked turkey
Spread butter on one side of each bread slice. Put one slice, butter side down, in the skillet. Put a slice of cheese: a slice of turkey and another slice of cheese on top. Put the remaining slice of bread, butter side up, on top of the cheese. Put the skillet on a burner. Turn the burner to medium. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the bottom side is toasted and golden. To check the bottom, lift the sandwich with the pancake turner and peek underneath. Cook the other side about 2 minutes or until it is toasted and golden. Makes 1.
Tuna Melt Sandwiches:
1 (6 1/2 oz.) tuna, drained 1/2 c. diced celery 1/3 c. mayonnaise 2 tbsp. minced onion 2 tbsp. pickle relish 1/8 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp. garlic salt or powder 4 slices cheddar cheese 8 slices favorite bread butter
Combine tuna, celery, mayonnaise, onion, relish, pepper, and garlic salt and blend well. Heat griddle to medium high heat. Butter one side of bread, place on griddle and repeat with 3 more slices. Top each slice of bread with 1/4 of tuna mixture and spread out, then top with cheese slice. Butter one side of remaining bread and place on top of cheese, buttered side up. Grill until golden brown on both sides, or cheese is melted. Remove and cut at a diagonal, serve immediately. Serve with pickles and chips.
You don’t need a panini machine to make these; use the low-tech method of weighting the sandwiches with a baking pan filled with canned goods. If you’re making just one or two sandwiches at a time, you can cook them in a skillet and top them with another skillet weighted with cans.