As children, we probably all loved a good grilled cheese. I know I liked mine with a nice helping of tomato soup. I’ll admit that soup was most always from a can, but it tasted gourmet to me at the age of 4. I think it was because my nana usually made it for me using milk instead of water making it come out thick and hearty. These days though a simple grilled cheese with cheddar only usually won’t cut it. I think pappaw spoiled me there. At his restaurant, he served what was called an American grilled cheese, and it still had the basic components of the grilled cheese I knew from childhood aka cheddar cheese and bread. He added tomato, lettuce, and mayo to the mix and then I knew that a grilled cheese could be more. Now I’m spoiled by The Grilled Cheese Truck here in Los Angeles. It was there that I came up with the idea for this particular sandwich.
You’ll have to forgive me for the lack of step by step photos this time. I was in the midst of getting ready for the party we were hosting and time got away with me. These had to be put together pretty last minute. That’s the thing that always happens when you’re hosting something, right? It never seems like you have enough time to get everything done before company arrives. In this particular case as I started to put the grilled cheese on the doorbell rang. In my defense, the guest was early, but you should always be prepared for things like this to happen.
At any rate, I think that these are a delicious concoction that would be a great introduction to a broader palate for children and some adults alike. It is everything they’ve grown to expect with just enough of a twist to make them question what other things they’re missing in life. I wonder even now if I’m still missing out on things. I know that I am. I will take on new adventures one day at a time.
THE GRILLED CHEESE
- 1/2 6oz package of havarti
- 1 1/2 granny smith apples, thinly sliced
- 1 loaf Italian bread
- 1. Lay the Italian bread out onto a cookie sheet.
- 2. Slice havarti and place onto bread until bread is covered.
- 3. Lay thinly sliced green apples on top of Havarti to ensure that every bite will have a taste.
- 4. Spread arugula over the top.
- 5. Place butter on one side of the bread and lay bread onto grill.
- 6. Let that side brown while applying butter to the top side of the bread.
- 7. Flip the grilled cheese.
- 8. Once grilled cheese is finished cut into four triangles and serve.