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The Basic Grilled Cheese Rules
You can make a fantastic sandwich with just great bread, fresh butter, and your favorite cheese:
1. Butter bread slices on 1 side. Turn them over. Lay 2 cheese slices on 1 bread slice. Top with the other bread slice, buttered side up.
2. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Flick a drop of water into the pan; if it sizzles and evaporates, the pan is hot enough.
3. Put sandwich, buttered side down, in pan. Let it cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and crunchy underneath. Turn and let cook another 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and crunchy.
Choose a cheese that melts well, such as cheddar, jack, Colby, gruyère, Swiss, fontina, provolone, or brie.
Golden Gate Grilled Cheese
2 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 cup coarsely grated parmesan cheese
4 freshly cut slices from a sourdough loaf
6 ounces thinly sliced turkey
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 slices muenster cheese
How to Make It
In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic, and chile flakes. In a medium bowl, whisk egg and milk. Spread parmesan on a plate.
In a large frying pan, melt half the seasoned butter over medium heat. Dip 1 bread slice in egg mixture, coating one side only. Dip coated side into parmesan. Place to one side in frying pan, cheese side down. Repeat with 1 of remaining bread slices. Arrange turkey, avocado, cilantro, and muenster on slices, dividing evenly.
Dip remaining bread into egg and then into parmesan. Arrange on sandwiches, cheese side up, and cook over medium heat until undersides are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Lift sandwiches and add remaining butter to pan; flip and cook until second side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich.
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Need an easy, flavorful and light appetizer to serve this Summer? Try this yummy smoked fish dip with spicy pickles and torn crostini.
1 Anaheim chile
3/4 pound smoked cod or white fish, skinned and boned
1/4 cup aioli or store-bought mayonnaise
grated zest and juice of 1 large lime (about 1 tablespoon juice), plus more juice as needed
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
1 - 2 serrano chiles (depending on how spicy you want it), halved, seeded and minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
10 drops Mexican hot sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 - 6 pickled jalapenos, thinly sliced lengthwise, seeds discarded, plus 2 tablespoons or more of the juice
30 torn garlic croutons
Roast the Anaheim chile directly over the flame of a stovetop burner or under a broiler, charring the skin on all sides.
Wrap the chile tightly in plastic wrap and allow it to steam for at least 15 minutes.
Rub off the skin, discard the stem and seeds and finely chop the chile.
Flake the fish into a bowl, and remove any small bones that remain.
Add the aioli and lime zest and juice, and use a whisk or wooden spoon to break up the fish more and combine the ingredients.
Add the cilantro, oregano, serrano chiles, garlic, cumin, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and the pickled jalapeno juice and mix again.
Add more salt, pepper and pickled jalapeno juice to taste.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
To serve, spoon a heaping tablespoon of the fish dip on each crouton and garnish with 1 to 2 jalapeno slices. You can also serve the fish dip in a bowl with the croutons on the side for people to serve themselves. In that case, have a bowl of the pickled jalapenos for people to use as they like.
4 quarts water (16 cups)
1 can (12 ounces) beer (optional)
1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
2 tablespoons salt
8 medium red potatoes quartered
2 large onions cut into wedges
2 pounds lean smoked sausage cut into 2-inch pieces
8 ears fresh corn shucked and halved crosswise
4 pounds unpeeled jumbo shrimp (21 to 25 count)
Bring water beer OLD BAY Seasoning and salt to boil in 12-quart stockpot on high heat. Add potatoes and onions. Cook 8 minutes. Add smoked sausage. Cook 5 minutes. Add corn. Cook 7 minutes.
Stir in shrimp. Cook 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.
Drain cooking liquid. Pour contents of pot into large serving bowl or platter. Or mound on paper-covered table. Sprinkle with additional OLD BAY Seasoning if desired.