Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt

Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt

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by Marlena Spieler
     
 

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Toasted golden in a pan or browned to melty perfection under the broiler, grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food — and a meal in itself. And believe it or not, it just got better. Author Marlena Spieler has created 50 mouthwatering new takes on this fromagophile's favorite. Her tantalizing pairings range from hearty Sage Sausage and Jack Cheese with

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Toasted golden in a pan or browned to melty perfection under the broiler, grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food — and a meal in itself. And believe it or not, it just got better. Author Marlena Spieler has created 50 mouthwatering new takes on this fromagophile's favorite. Her tantalizing pairings range from hearty Sage Sausage and Jack Cheese with Preserved Lemon to Melted Alpenzell, Emmentaler, Pear, and Cumin. There are also plenty of new twists on the tried and true, such as Smoky Bacon and Cheddar with Chipotle Relish or Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Fig Jam. Oozing with cheese suggestions, an array of quick-to-make mustards, and tips on choosing the perfect bread for each sandwich, this cookbook will make anyone stand up and say "cheese!"

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A really great grilled cheese sandwich is hard to find. Too often a thin, square slice of American cheese, released from its plastic case, is slapped on wimpy white bread, slathered with butter and toasted. Within minutes, it becomes limp and greasy.

But a really great grilled cheese is not hard to make, and its secrets have been disclosed in a tempting new book, "Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt" by Marlena Spieler).

A quick browse though the book may first hook you with its gorgeous color photos and hip design. But a further look reveals recipes created with inspired combinations.

For instance, supple slices of fresh mozzarella and salty proscuitto are spread with sweet fig jam and enclosed within crisply toasted bread, making a union that's simply perfect. And roasted red pepper, sweet onion and a hearty dose of paprika are innovative twists on the standard tuna melt.

But aside from the terrific recipes, Spieler has written a book that's packed with useful tips and information about her subject. A brief glossary of cheeses, suggestions for pairing cheese with the perfect bread partner, and ideas for dressing up Dijon mustard are just some of the finds. A bonus is a nice recipe for tomato soup, the classic partner of the grilled cheese sandwich. This one, however, is finished with an aromatic spoonful of basil pesto and a swirl of cr me fraiche.

Try Spieler's technique for pressing sandwiches. The bread is lightly brushed with olive oil or butter and set into a heavy, hot skillet.

Another heavy pan is placed on top and lightly pressed, compacting the ingredients so they meld as one. The bread becomes perfectly crisp and browned, the cheese melting and luscious. It's a heavenly match if there ever was one. -Seattle Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811841290
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
07/22/2004
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Marlena Spieler is the author of over 50 cookbooks published worldwide and has written for Bon Appetit and Saveur. She writes the award-winning food column "The Roving Feast," and is a three-time James Beard nominee. Born in Sacramento, California, she currently lives in Hampshire, England.

Sheri Giblin is a food and lifestyle photographer. She lives in San Francisco.

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Grilled Cheese: 50 recipes to Make You Melt 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
I love cooking, I really do, the character of a domestic goddess really appeals to me but some days when I'm tired and I don't want to wait for delivery not to mention trying to keep it as clean and nutritious as I can, might be daunting so I am grateful for little books such as this one. A hot, grilled sammy can be a great replacement meal, even as dinner, after all it would do good for everyone to eat a small meal her and there, people are used to eating just because the clock strikes a certain hour, never mind that their gut never stops working. This is no diet book by any means, but a great way to make some really spectacular sandwiches, hot or cold with cheese omitted if one wants to leave it out. I tend to keep them small as the hot and tasty flavor is so good that a little bit goes a long way. It's a great book to make snacks and get flavor pairing ideas; those can fit into cooking breakfast to dinner, not just for sandwiches. My boyfriend hasn't complained yet that I have been using him as a testing tool for this book, so far I have gotten thumbs up, phew...haha. The famous "Harry's Bar Special" sandwich is here, from Venice itself it has been mention to me in many books by authors such as Giada de Laurentiis and Nigella Lawson, and let me tell you the cheese spread and ham combo with a lady finger like sandwich fried in butter is heavenly. They taste so good that I can eat a little bit and be totally satisfied, I usually cook pretty rustic and simple, whatever looks good at the best organic market finds its way onto my plate, but when I get a nice crispy bread this book is the first thing I reach for. From a robust Mediterranean Meltdown ( ripe tomato, mahon cheese and fresh Thyme on Black olive bread - yummm! to Welsh Rarebit, grilled pumpernickel and gouda this has something for everyone and the best thing is that each recipe doesn't ask for a lot of random ingredients ( my biggest cooking pet peeve). Chapters in this book include interesting picking such as; Five-minute wonders, Party tidbits-canapes, crostini and bruschetta, classics and twists, simple seasonal grilled cheese with something extra, Extravaganzas, Quesadillas, Pidane and Pita Sandwiches, Grilled cheese in salad, Sweets and Accompaniments. It also includes an index, sources for cheese and table of equivalents. I like that the book has many nice photos, its so pleasing to see the food and then be so driven that one has to make it., I am a sucker for picture cookbooks as much as tiny and serious ones, I adore all kinds of art and culinary touches that make each day so much more pleasurable. I have a ton of cookbooks and this is always close by, some days when a slice of tomato with some gray salt on a buttered piece of bread with a coarse sprinkle of Indonesia's best black pepper is as pleasurable as a meal at any extravagant restaurant, this book is filled with tasty and interesting ideas to make meals in no time, ones that are complex and delicious but not so tricky that one has to buy a ton of ingredients to make a sandwich. I adore this little treasure and it's always on hand when I need some ideas to fix something fast and possibly hot. - Kasia S.