Grilled cheese is a such a simple solution when you don't have time to cook. But if you're interested in taking the classic sandwich up a notch, check out this step-by-step video from YumSugar on how to make a heartier grilled cheese with ingredients like pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, caramelized onions, and of course, several slices of cheddar!
The Grilled Cheese Truck's full recipe is on the next page.
Cheesy Mac and Rib Melt
12 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
12 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 cups of your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe
4 yellow onions, sliced into ¼ inch strips
6 tablespoons butter
4 cups of pulled pork
2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
16 slices buttermilk bread (white is fine too)
24 slices Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese
- Make the butter spread: In a mixer, combine the butter and mayonnaise. Beat with the paddle attachment until well mixed. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all butter as it may stick to the bowl. Set aside.
Make the mac and cheese “singles”:
Prepare your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe. When finished, spread evenly into a sheet pan or casserole dish to a thickness of about ¾ inch. Cover with plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator.
- Once chilled, cut the macaroni and cheese into squares that are slightly smaller than the diameter of your bread.
- Make the caramelized onions: Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a heavy bottomed sauté pan. Add sliced onions and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until onions have caramelized. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Make the barbecued pork: Heat up BBQ sauce and add pulled pork. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes over low heat.
- Make the sandwiches: Generously butter one side of each slice of bread with the butter/mayo mixture. Be sure to butter to the very edges!
- On unbuttered side, lay one slice of cheddar cheese. On top of the cheese, lay one “single” of chilled macaroni and cheese and top with one slice of cheddar cheese. Then add ½ cup BBQ pork mixture and top with ¼ cup caramelized onions.
- Finally cover the pork with one slice of cheddar cheese and top with slice of bread, buttered side out.
- Heat griddle to about 350°F. Place all sandwiches on griddle and allow to cook slowly. If your heat is too high it will burn the bread and the inside will not be hot.
- Once golden brown, gently flip and repeat until cheese is melted and hot. If the bread browns prior to the inside being hot, place pan with sandwiches in oven at 450 degrees to allow to finish.