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Monday, January 30, 2012

Italian Grilled Cheese

I don't know what it is, but there is just something about a delicious buttery grilled cheese. What I miss about NJ is the amazing grilled cheeses you could get at diners. I didn't know that having a diner in every town was something that was not the norm across the country. At least where I live in SC, there are no diners at all. So that means that the only mouth-watering grilled cheeses are going to be coming from my kitchen. I had gotten the idea of wanting to put an Italian spin on the classic grilled cheese. Not that that concept is a new one, but I did come up with this recipe on my own...and I do say it was delicious. My husband even asked for this again the next night! I think what makes this different is cooking the shredded Parmesan cheese onto the buttery side of the bread. Serve this with marinara dipping sauce and Parmesan cheese coated fries.

Ingredients-Yields 2 sandwiches
-4 slices white bread, I used Arnold Premium Italian bread
-2 slices provolone cheese (not smoked flavor)
-2 slices mozzarella cheese
-2 tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan cheese
-2 tablespoons butter, melted
-1 tablespoon butter, melted
-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
-salt to taste
-marinara sauce for dipping

1. With the 2 tablespoons melted butter, stir in the shredded Parmesan cheese, the garlic powder, and a few dashes of salt. Baste one side of each slice of bread with this mixture, making sure they are generously coated with the cheese. Add more if desired.

2. With the remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter, baste the other side of the bread. (The Parmesan cheese is only on one side).

3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and spray with Pam. Place the butter only side down in the pan and cook until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes. Flip bread slices and place a slice of provolone on one slice and mozzarella on the other slice.Cook 1-2 minutes then combine bread slices. Continue cooking and flipping until cheese has melted and bread reaches desired crispiness. Serve with marinara dipping sauce.

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