Last night I was craving the comfort and satisfaction of one of those simple childhood favorites. Since I'm no longer ten years old and know a thing or two more about cooking and healthy eating, I combined my two childhood favorites and kicked it up a notch. Give this recipe a quick read, and then later this week when you're short on time or simply looking for a childhood classic, give this sandwich a try.
Sweet and Savory Grilled Cheese
1. Start by selecting two slices of hearty bread - my favorite is Great Harvest Dakota Bread. On one slice spread a layer of Dijon mustard, and on the other, a generous serving of strawberry jam.
2. Next, layer fresh basil over the Dijon mustard. On the opposite side, place several chunks of good quality rich cheese. For my cheese, I chose Beemster Classic Cheddar.
3. In a saute pan over medium heat, fry an egg. To ensure that delicious drippy yolk, you'll need just a couple minutes to reach a doneness somewhere between over-easy and over-medium. Layer the egg over the cheese.
4. Flip your basil coated slice over to top the egg. Grill the sandwich on a panini press or oven-top pan until the cheese has melted and the bread is toasted.
Is anyone drooling and already planning a trip to the kitchen for this grown-up version of a childhood favorite? This twist on grilled cheese is a winner in my books, and will certainly be my new favorite lazy night meal.