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Buffalo Sausage Grilled Cheese

Tonight I made an epic grilled cheese sandwich to really celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month 2013 before May 1st sneaked up on me.  Last year I felt as if Leonardo Da Vinci himself inspired me to crush nacho Doritos onto the outside of my sandwich.  It was so rewarding, I had to try it again.  So without further adieu, I give you the Buffalo Sausage Grilled Cheese…

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cook and season the ground sausage to taste
  2. Ground up some Doritos Jacked into a bowl
  3. Butter your bread and apply the crushed Doritos Jacked

    Buttered bread with Doritos Jacked applied

    Buttered bread with Doritos Jacked applied

  4. Place your bread into a skillet and apply a layer of gorgonzola

    Bread in skillet with Gorgonzola

    Bread in skillet with Gorgonzola

  5. Cover with ground sausage

    Sausage applied

    Sausage applied

  6. Cover with the top slices of bread, cooking on medium to medium-low heat

    Nominal to profile.  We're in the pipe.  Five by five.

    Nominal to profile. We’re in the pipe. Five by five.

Tips, thoughts and what have you:

Anytime you cook a grilled cheese with a crust of some sort, you have to make sure the crust sets without burning the sandwich.  You also don’t want to scrape the crust off when moving or flipping.  This means you’re only going to cook each side once.  Another problem that can arise is flipping a grilled cheese sandwich whose insides are not completely gelled together.  In this scenario, you have to flip quickly, but not too quickly, and make sure the pieces of bread don’t slide apart before you’ve turned it over.BSGC6

Both things happened with this sandwich, but I was able to make do.  You just have to be careful.  As far as taste goes, you really need to like bleu cheese if you’re going to make a grilled cheese sandwich with it.  The strong taste requires some strong co-ingredients to help balance things out.  Think about the other things with which you eat bleu cheese to get ideas.  I went with some flavorful sausage here.

Last year I used Nacho Doritos for a crust and this year I tried out the new Doritos Jacked because it seemed like they would go with the bleu cheese.  The chips were ok, but there also double thick and this affected how the crust formed and how the sandwich heated up.  I think the chips actually tasted better cooked than pre-cooked.BSGC7

Just for kicks I used the same skillet for the sausage cooking and sandwich making.  I left some of the grease in there and kind of wish I hadn’t.  It wasn’t horrible, but there was just a hint of sausage grease flavor on the bread I wasn’t really digging.  Next time I’ll go with a clean pan for the sandwich.

I originally tried both ranch and spaghetti sauce for dipping.  The ranch really clashed with the bleu cheese, but the spaghetti sauce was AMAZING.  This sandwich was very rich and definitely hearty.  It probably wasn’t a great idea for me to try and tackle two of them at once.Buffalo Sausage Grilled Cheese

Cheddar-Bacon-Pepper jack Grilled Cheese

So many people are looking for my old grilled cheese posts from version 1 of this blog, I’ve decided to re-post a few.  This one is a cheddar bacon pepper jack grilled cheese made by my special lady friend back in April of 2011.

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of bread
  • Unsalted butter
  • Two slices medium cheddar cheese
  • Two or three slices pepper jack cheese
  • Bacon

Directions:

  1. Take one buttered slice of bread and lay in pre-heated pan
  2. Place cheddar, then bacon, then pepper jack on top of bread
  3. Top off with other slice of buttered bread
  4. Cook on medium heat until each side is golden brown

Slow cooking is important on a sandwich such as this one.  It’s important to melt the cheese all the way through without burning the bread.  It will take longer before your sandwich is done, but it’s definitely worth the wait.  Have I mentioned I like ketchup with my grilled cheese yet?

Spicy Breakfast Sandwich

Spicy Breakfast Sandwich

Scrambled eggs with cayenne and chopped onions added as filling to a grilled cheese sandwich

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of whole wheat bread
  • Four slices of Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • Two eggs
  • Chopped onions (optional)
  • Cayenne pepper (optional
  • Unsalted butter

Directions:

  1. Scramble your eggs to taste
    1. I sauteed some onions and added the cayenne to spice things up

      Spicy Breakfast Sandwich 1

      Rough scramble – I dropped the eggs into the hot pan with the sauteed onions and while they’re frying I mixed them up with a wooden spoon

  2. Butter your bread and slice your cheese
  3. You can use the same pan for the eggs and cheese, you’ll just need to temporarily move the finished eggs to a plate/bowl while you build your sandwich
  4. Place one piece of buttered toast in the pan with the cheeseSpicy Breakfast Sandwich 2
  5. Add the scrambled eggs on top of the cheese
    1. TIP: Sometimes you need cheese on both sides of the “sandwich” to help keep the insides together.  I didn’t do that with this sandwich  but I took extra care when flipping the sandwich to keep everything together.
    2. I also added some extra cayenne on top (optional)

      Spicy Breakfast Sandwich 3

      Ok, I realize this may look like an insane amount of cayenne. Feel free to substitute any “spice” you prefer. Even black pepper would work well here.

  6. Cover with the other slice of bread and cook on medium heat until the bottom bread is firm and golden brown, and then flip to cook the other sideSpicy Breakfast Sandwich 6

Cheddar Cheetah

Cheddar Cheetah

Cheddar grilled cheese sandwich with crunchy Cheetos added as filling

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of whole wheat bread
  • Unsalted butter
  • Four slices of Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • Cheetos
  • Spicy brown mustard

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat a skillet at medium heat (non-stick spray suggested)
  2. Butter the two slices of bread and slice the cheese
  3. Place one slice of bread into the skillet, lay out the cheese and cover with an appropriate amount of CheetosChester Cheddar 1
  4. Apply mustard and cover with other slice of breadChester Cheddar 2
  5. Cook until bottom slice of bread is firm and golden brown, and then flip to cook the other sideChester Cheddar 3

PJ’s Timmy Bread

Back in the day I used to frequent a hole-in-the-wall pizza place called PJ’s in Warren, IN.  There were several different businesses with the same name, but this was the only pizza joint.  A couple buddies of mine accidentally found it one day while driving around and possibly lost.  I was pretty amazed the first time I went.  Here are its salient features:

  • Friendly staff
  • Plenty of dining room seating
  • Juke box with 7 songs for $1
  • Plethora of drink options with free refills
  • If we called ahead, they’d fire up the extra pizza oven to more quickly get us our pizza
  • At least one of the female employees always seemed to be pregnant (one night there were three)
  • Guaranteed good times filled with many laughs and stories to tell later

One of the amazing appetizers was their cheesy garlic bread.  After frequenting this place for a year or two we noticed a new item called “Timmy Bread” and asked what it was.  Timmy was the name of an employee who liked to put some pizza sauce under the cheese on the garlic bread to effectively create a french bread pizza of sorts.  It was an immediate hit and we never looked back.

One day in August of 2005, we all arrived to find PJ’s empty.  The place had closed down with absolutely no notice.  We were extremely bummed and angry to find a new, pizza franchise in town.  We suspected PJ’s was put out of business by the cheap nastiness now sold down the street.  Since then, I’ve had to make myself some Timmy Bread every so often when I find myself longing for PJ’s goodness and seven Southern Rock songs for a buck.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of Italian or French bread
  • Some pizza or spaghetti sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Dried, minced garlic (optional)
  • Italian seasoning or basil and oregano (optional)

Equipment:

  • Serrated (preferred) knife to slice the bread
  • One beefy arm to open jar of sauce
  • Spoon or butter knife to spread sauce
  • Shredder for cheese (if you shred your own)
  • One cookie sheet or pan
  • Oven mits or thick towel
  • Oven

Preparation:
Step 1 – Slice your loaf in half.  If the length of the loaf is too long for your cookie sheet or pan, feel free to make the pieces smaller.  Sometimes the top half of your loaf is curved and this piece may roll a bit.  Some might suggested shaving some of that curve off, but I just smash the bread down a bit.

Step 1 - slice bread

Step 1 – slice the bread

Step 2a – Spoon some sauce onto the bread.  Pizza sauce is preferable because of its thickness.  Spaghetti sauce also works fine, but it’s thinner and can be a bit runny.

Step 2a - apply sauce

Step 2a – apply the sauce

Step 2b (Optional) – Sprinkle on some garlic and Italian seasoning to your tastes.  Some sauces are pretty bland, it just depends what you like.

Step 2b - optional garlic and herbs

Step 2b – apply shredded cheese

Step 3 – Apply the shredded cheese.  You can buy a bag of shredded cheese or shred your own.  I always prefer to shred my own cheese.  It costs less money in the long run, and tastes much better.  I shredded some pepper jack cheese for today’s Timmy Bread.

Step 3 - apply cheese

Step 3 – apply the cheese

Step 4 – Cook your Timmy Bread in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted.  This should take roughly 10 minutes.  You can leave it in longer if you like your bread more cooked and crispy.  Be careful not to burn it though.

Step 4 - cook bread

Step 4 – cook at 350F

Step 5 – Take a picture and share with your friends.  (Note – Sharing the Timmy Bread is not required)