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Say Cheese! My Ultimate Grilled Cheese

I couldn't let National Grilled Cheese Month end without creating a wildly delicious grilled cheese sandwich. At first, I wanted to recreate Hog Island Oyster Company's famous three-cheese panini at home. However, I didn't have time to go to Cowgirl Creamery at the Ferry Building and pick up the exact cheeses the oyster place uses to make the 'wich. Thus, I decided to invent my own version using three types of cheese from my local supermarket. For authenticity, I selected Cowgirl Creamery's most famous cheese, the triple cream Mt. Tam. This acts as a binding cheese that's hold the sandwich together. Next, I wanted a cheese ideal for melting, so I opted for an Italian fontina. Finally, for a layer of extra flavor, I choose a cave-aged nutty gruyere. The resulting sandwich is to die for, a truly gourmet creation that is both comforting and elegant. To look at my recipe,

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Patience is the key to making this sandwich. For the bread to be perfectly crisp and the cheese oozingly melted, you must cook it slowly.

Party's Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Party's Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Party's Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  1. 1 loaf of ciabatta bread
  2. butter, for melting
  3. 1/8 of Cowgirl Creamery's Mt. Tam cheese
  4. 2 ounces Italian fontina, thinly sliced
  5. 1/4-1/2 cup finely grated cave aged gruyere cheese

Directions

  1. Cut the rounded edge of the bread off. Discard. Slice a large chunk of bread, 3-4 inches wide. Place the rest of the ciabatta back in the bread bag and reserve for another use.
  2. Cut the ciabatta chunk in half horizontally, so you have a top piece and bottom piece.
  3. Peel back the wrapping on a stick of butter. Rub the butter on the outside of the bread.
  4. Pull out some of the bread's filling. Discard.
  5. Cover both pieces with a smooth layer of Mt. Tam.
  6. Top the bottom piece of bread with the sliced fontina, covering completely. Carefully mound the grated gruyere on top.
  7. Close the sandwich by placing the top piece over the gruyere.
  8. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Melt 1/2 teaspoon of butter in the skillet.
  9. Carefully set the sandwich in the skillet. Place a heavy pot over the bread and press down.
  10. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the bread is browned and crisp. Flip and cook for another 8-10 minutes until the top is crisp and the cheese is throughly melted.
  11. Slice in half and enjoy immediately.

Makes 1 sandwich.


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Gretwards Gretwards 5 years
I've had this recipe bookmarked for literally a year and finally made it tonight. AMAZING! This might sound weird (think of lobster mac & cheese) but I decided to sear a few scallops that I had until just rare and added them to the layers of cheese. With or without scallops (I highly recommend the scallops!), this was so good! My mouth is still watering. Thank you for sharing! Wow
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 7 years
I am definitely having a Wallace and Gromit moment here. "I looove cheese!" :)
bvfashion bvfashion 7 years
This looks so good!Also, instead of discarding all that bread, from the ends and the inside, you should use it to make your own breadcrumbs! They're way better than store bought.
bvfashion bvfashion 7 years
This looks so good! Also, instead of discarding all that bread, from the ends and the inside, you should use it to make your own breadcrumbs! They're way better than store bought.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
:drool:
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
:drool:
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
DEEEEEEEEEEELISH!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
DEEEEEEEEEEELISH!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Where the heck can I find these cheeses? I'm drooling over here.
PartySister PartySister 7 years
Damn Gina - have you realized how expensive Cow Girl is? That is one good sandwich
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
That bread looks fab....I do not know if I could wait almost 20 minutes to cook this cause I sure the smell would drive me crazy. Looks like it would be great for a rainy Saturday in the Bay Area this weekend.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I think I just had a foodgasm.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
This is quite honestly my favorite grilled cheese. I went recently and split with my BFF and it was pure heaven. Thanks for the recipe, PartySugar!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
OMG - I am starving and this looks sooooooo good! :feedme:
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
If one does not have access to Mt Tam, Saint Andre is a good sub; it's another triple cream. btw, LOVE that sandwich
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
If one does not have access to Mt Tam, Saint Andre is a good sub; it's another triple cream. btw, LOVE that sandwich
hotdog44 hotdog44 7 years
Yum! Cowgirl Creamery is so good.
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