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Grilled Cheese

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There is no reason why you shouldn’t have lunch for dinner (or breakfast, for that matter). Take a look in your fridge, you probably already have the ingredients for this lunchydinner! The fun part of this dinner is that everyone gets to create their own perfect sandwich.

You simply help each other assemble the ingredients, lay them out in a festive manner (get out those platters from granny you never use), and let your family pile all their favorite cheeses and toppings on the bread. Then you “grill” them in the oven (the easiest way when you have a lot). Just make sure not to confuse whose is whose, as people get very attached to their own masterpiece.

Here is a list of suggestions, whose ingredients happily depend only on what your favorite combinations are, and what you happen to have in the fridge:

You Need:

BREADS: Any kind you like. Baguettes or fruity nutty dark bread, soft, squishy white loaf, or hard, crunchy small rolls; you can even mix and match…

CHEESES: Any cheese you love, sharp or mild. Mozzarella, Smoked Gouda, Brie, Swiss, Feta, Goat Cheese, Cheddar, or try a vegan cheese!

TOPPINGS: Perhaps . . .
Caramelized onions (slice onions, season with salt and a pinch of sugar, and sauté in olive oil over medium-low heat, stirring often, 20–30 minutes)
Sliced apples or pears, drizzled with a little lemon juice so they don’t turn brown.
Sliced fresh tomatoes
Chopped sun-dried tomatoes
Sliced avocado
Fresh basil

CONDIMENTS: Why Not . . .
Pesto
Aioli
Honey Mustard
Fig jam
Apple butter
Olive tapenade

And a bit of butter or olive oil for brushing

TO MAKE (as many as you please)

Preheat your oven to 400º. As each sandwich is put together, brush each side with either olive oil or garlic butter, then place them on an oiled or parchment paper lined baking sheet [on a baking sheet that that has been oiled or lined with parchment paper] and pop them in a 400º oven until they are golden brown and the cheese is melted. You can also make these in a panini pan, if you have one.

Serve with pickles, a simple green salad . . . and perhaps, on a rainy day, with tomato soup and lots of candles on the table.

Kids can:
Slice the apples.
Tear the basil.
Pick the condiments and put them in small serving bowls.
Cut little parchment paper hearts and write everyones names on them.
Make the most favorite sandwich of all time

Let’s play at the table! Name your sandwich. What’s yours called? The Serendipity? The Plainol’ Plainol’? The World’s Most Perfect?

 

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