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Grilled Cheese Showdown – Results

April 15, 2011

I wanted to create the perfect grilled cheese for week two of my friendly competition with Janet over at This is Beige.  But the more I thought of taste combinations the more it occurred to me that all grilled cheese is perfect grilled cheese.

I was wrong, it turned out.  I narrowed myself down to two ideas, and then decided that I’d go with the one that thrilled Charlie, my tester, the most.  I am presenting the one he did not spit into the sink.  It turns out that some 16 year olds are not so much for the gourmet grilled cheese.  But I tasted them both, and, while I did not share the impulse to spit one out, I did enjoy the one presented here more.

I give you:

Grilled Mango Brie with red onion

  • 2 slices of Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pane bread (or similar bread with a sort of sourdoughy texture)
  • Very soft Brie cheese, rind removed
  • 1/4 of a mango, sliced thin (if you have a mandoline, use that)
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin (ditto)
  • 1 T olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a cast iron pan at a medium/lowish setting.  (Mine goes from 1-9 – I used 4).  Spread the cheese on one slice of bread, and layer with the onion and mango.  Toast your sandwich for about 5 minutes in the pan, until the bread is golden brown, with the cheese side on top.  Flip it, and toast the other side.  Cut in half, and eat.

Ta da!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2011 5:12 pm

    Yummers. I didn’t know you had Trader Joe’s on the east coast.

  2. Jean permalink
    April 15, 2011 8:47 pm

    Wait, what is the one he spit out? I must know!

    • April 15, 2011 9:05 pm

      It was an apricot stilton and prosciutto on rye bread. It didn’t make me want to spit, but this one was better.

  3. May 4, 2011 2:58 pm

    Wow! Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try this.

    Now I’m craving grilled cheese – something I haven’t had in years – and I have no brie! Hmmm, I do have goat cheese though. And spinach. Might just have to try that…

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