A Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A sandwich is any dish wherein at least two slices of bread serve to contain or hold together other foods.

The sandwich comes in different shapes and sizes. Even a wrap is considered a true sandwich.

The sandwich came to be and was named by the 4th Earl of Sandwich (1729 – 1792) – John Montagu.

It is written that he would often asked for meat stuffed between two pieces of bread.

Even the Hawaiian Islands were called, The Sandwich Islands, as the Islands were also named after John Montagu, in 1778.

The first written record of the word “sandwich” appeared in the personal journal of Edward Gibbons (1737-1794) on November 24,1762. Gibbons was an English author, scholar, and historian.

Directions for Cookery, Grilled Cheese Sandwich

In 1840 the sandwich made its way to the United States.

Englishwoman Elizabeth Leslie had a recipe for ham sandwiches in her cookbook, Directions for Cookery, in which she suggested it be used as a main dish.

The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwich What about the grilled cheese sandwich? This sandwich started out as a simple one with just three ingredients – bread, cheese and butter.

Nothing is known about the grilled cheese sandwich between ancient times and the 1920s.

It has come along ways though, as gourmet versions are popping up in residential kitchens and restaurants across the USA.

People are even exploring international varieties as well.

According to Food Time Line bread and cheese are ancient foods and were also included in Roman cookbooks.

Many cultures have their own way of preparing the dish.

Our Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich with Pepper Jack and Arugula

Our Take On a Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Pepper Jack and Arugula

In Switzerland it is customary to toast the bread and melt the cheese separately before combining them.

And in France the Croque Monsieur, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, is popular.

A Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The grilled cheese is one of the most popular comfort foods in the world.

And there are few things more gratifying or enjoyable than making a perfectly cooked grilled cheese or even a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.

What constitutes a gourmet sandwich?

Well when you think of the word gourmet, it refers to an elaborate preparation of the food you are preparing.

In the case of a grilled cheese sandwich, that would mean simply more than just white bread, American cheese and butter.

Why not switch the white bread for pumpernickel, rye, sourdough, or any of the whole grain breads. Make sure it’s not too thick and doesn’t have too many large holes.

Get rid of the processed American cheese and try Swiss, Gouda, brie, mozzarella, pepper jack, Havarti, and sharp cheddar, among many other cheesy choices.

Try different spreads on the bread.
Such as honey mustard, chipotle mayonnaise, cranberry relish, pesto, buffalo wing sauce, among others.

Sky is the limit when it comes to adding meat.

Grilled cheese sandwich with chicken sausage

Preparing a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Chicken Apple Sausage, Pepper Jack and Arugula

You could try, sausage, bacon, pepperoni, thinly sliced steak, thin sliced chicken breast, tuna, corned beef, European style bacon and so on.

Grilled cheese with meat and leafy greens

Grilled Cheese On Sourdough with Bacon and Leafy Greens

You can also add avocado slices, tomatoes, caramelized onions, just about any leafy green, like spinach, arugula, beet greens, mushrooms, zucchini, and peppers.

Add some fresh herbs such as basil leaves, chopped tarragon, chopped rosemary, parsley, cilantro or garlic.

There are so many ways that you can spruce up your grilled cheese.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You can even pair it up with different soups besides the traditional tomato.

Why not try some of the following soups to pair with your sandwich. Such as:

Red Kale Cannellini Beans and Chorizo Soup

South Of The Border Chicken Tortilla Soup

Moroccan Three Bean and Kale Soup

Southwestern Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

Curried Apple Pumpkin Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Baguette Sandwich With Basil

Rotisserie Chicken baguetteRotisserie chicken sold at Costco and other markets for $4.99 is a great deal. They say that they are actually losing money by doing that, but it gets you in the warehouse or store to by commodities, like food, clothing and other products that they sell. So their loss is made up in the other things that you buy.

Cooking 3 rotisserie chicken on the grill with Charcoal and Briquettes Most are familiar with what a rotisserie chicken is.

For those who are not familiar, the chicken is skewered on a spit or a long solid rod while it is being cooked over an open fire, such as in a fireplace or over a campfire, or roasted in a rotisserie oven.

The rotation of the chicken on the spit cooks the meat evenly in its own juices and allows easy access for continuous self-basting.

Rotisserie cooking was popular in medieval times and in early modern kitchens that had a fire place.

Some fresh baguettes in the basket at the bakery The loaf of baguette that we used is a long thin loaf of French bread.

The history of the baguette according to Wikipedia is that the word “baguette” was not used to refer to a type of bread until the 1920’s, but what we know as a baguette today, may have existed well before then.

The word is derived from the Italian bacchetta which simply means “wand” or “baton.”

Our featured recipe is a delicious meal that can be ready in 20 minutes from start to finish.

Here is what you will need for your – Rotisserie Chicken Baguette Sandwich With Basil

1 (1 lb) loaf baguette

1 (18 oz) bottle bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (We use BBQ sauces from Whole Foods that do not have soy or canola oil in them)

2 cups cooked and shredded Rotisserie chicken

1/3 cup chopped red onion

3-4 fresh torn basil leaves

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cut baguette loaf in half lengthwise.

Pour 1 cup each of BBQ sauce on top of both halves of bread.

Next, place 1 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken onto each baguette half.

Evenly sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese onto each of the baguette halves.

Evenly sprinkle chopped onion over the cheese between the two baguette halves.

Place the two baguette halves on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and bread is heated through.

Rotisserie Chicken baguetteSprinkle some torn basil leaves over the tops of both baguette halves. Note: do not tear basil leaves until you are ready to place them over the prepared cooked sandwich.

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Blueberry Muffins Paleo Style

Blueberry Muffins Paleo Style

You may heard of the Paleo Diet, and are also unaware what the diet consists of.

The paleolithic lifestyle also known Paleo Magazineas the Paleo Diet, is a diet that attempts to recreate or endeavors to imitate the eating patterns of our ancestors lifestyle, who lived 1000’s of years ago.

They did not eat food that was processed, refined, cooked with toxic oils, or that contained sugar, unlike the majority of the foods that we eat today (The PaleoSecret).

There are a small number of cultures in the world today, who continue to live a paleolithic hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

Those who live in a modern society cultures, try to recreate elements of a paleolithic lifestyle, and do so in an attempt to improve or enhance their health, fitness and happiness by avoiding the common diseases that most of society faces today, which include obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, allergies, depression, and chronic stress.

the paleo diet verse a non paleo dietThe paleo diet encourages eating generous amounts of saturated fats like coconut oil and butter or clarified butter.

The diet also promotes not using oils made from vegetables, or that are hydrogenated and partly-hydrogenated including, but not limited to, margarine, soybean oil, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil.

Olive oil and avocado oil’s are encouraged for consumption, but only use them in salad dressings and to drizzle over food (PaleoLeap – Paleo 101).

A paleo diet is neither vegetarian or vegan. Paleo eaters eat meat, unlike vegetarians, though they will eat dairy or eggs (depending on the person), and unlike vegans who eat no meat at all, including the by products of animals, such as dairy products, eggs, and even honey.

Now for our featured recipe: Blueberry Muffins Paleo Style, and here is what you will need.

2 cups almond flour

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

1/4 cup melted ghee

1/3 cup raw honey

1 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla

1 1/4 cups blueberries

A few pumpkin seeds and berries for topping the muffins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 mold muffin pan with baking cups.

Preparing step by step Blueberry Muffins Paleo StyleIn a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients, making sure there are no lumps.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, then combine the wet ingredients with the dry, and incorporate together. Next fold in the blueberries.

bluebery muffin dough in a 12 well muffin panDivide the batter among the 12 muffin molds, filling each cup 3/4th of the way. Top with pumpkins seeds and a few berries.

Blueberry Muffins Paleo StyleBake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tops are a deep golden brown.

Enjoy some other desserts using alternatives to whole wheat or grain flour, both Paleo approved.

Gluten Free Tropical Carrot Cake

Orange Almond Cake

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