Every year when April rolls around I forget that it is National Grilled Cheese Month. When I first heard about this, I thought someone was pulling an April fool's joke on me, now I am just happy that I remember before the month is gone and I get to play around and make some super awesome grilled cheese sandwiches. So here are some ideas for you to enjoy during National Grilled Cheese Month, of course knowing me most of them are internationally inspired, but oh well, Happy Eating!
Spanish Grilled Cheese
Grab a loaf peasant bread or even better grab a Barra Gallega, shred up some Manchego and Iberico cheeses, spread on some Spanish olive tapenade, add a slice of Jamon Serrano, Cantimpalo-Style Chorizo, or Bellota Iberico Salchichon Sausage, or even better one of all three and get grilling.(All of these items can be found at LaTienda)
Irish Style Grilled Cheese
Grab a loaf of thick sliced potato bread, pile on some shredded Irish cheddar cheese, a slice of corned beef, a little mustard, and some onions and you are good to get grilling. Or keep it simple and use a Cahill cheddar (I love the Irish Whiskey, and the Ballintubber Cheese with Chives) on potato bread.
French Grilled Cheese
Roast up some squash, red onions, and zucchini sprinkled with herbs de Provence, grab a French baguette and get slicing, shred some Beaufort (if you can't find it you can use gruyere, munster, or Swiss cheese instead), pile it all on and get grilling. Or go traditional and whip up a Croque Monsieur just don't forget the béchamel sauce!
Oh, yeah! I saved the best for last, this is THE grilled cheese when you aren't going the bread and cheese alone route! Bacon, avocado, tomato slices, and sharp cheddar cheese, piled onto sliced San Francisco sourdough bread. One bite of this one and you will be giving three cheers for National Grilled Cheese Month!
If this was not enough to get you grilling up some super grilled cheese and doing your part to enjoy and support National Grilled Cheese month well then I hope that the Grilled Cheese Academy can get you looking at bread and cheese in a different way. Get grilling folks and celebrate a month that tickles your taste buds, but packs the pounds on. :)