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BARACKli Raben Hood – Goat Cheese, Balsamic Glaze, Roasted Garlic and Broccoli Rabe Grilled Cheese

I have a huge crush on Obama. I like that he drinks orange juice in the morning, shoots hoops in the afternoon, and indulges in the occasional cigarette. He’s a real dude, a great dad, and his wife and kids are cute and awesome. I also like him even more now that his four years in the white house have made his hair all salt and peppery and sexy. And of course, I like him for his political stance as well. Not only did I vote for him because it’s super important that all of my friends are able to have equal rights and marry whomever they want, but I also think that as a young woman, his views on women’s rights match those of my own. Here’s where I shout “keep your rosaries off my ovaries!”. Additionally, because of his health care reform, I’ve also been able to keep my affordable health insurance for a few more years and god knows that with all these sharp knives I play with, I truly need it.

Not that y’all need any motivation to vote or that you even care to know who I voted for, but I wanted to share the back-story behind my Obama themed grilled cheese. My good buddies over at ACME studio have been throwing parties for the debate and of course, it wouldn’t be a party unless I brought food and puns and that’s how this little grilled cheese got started. During the first debate I made Barackli rabe flat bread and MacaRomney and cheese. I turned the flat bread into a grilled cheese because it was such a hit and this semi-healthy, but extremely delicious sammich has roasted garlic, fresh goat cheese, roasted broccoli rabe, and balsamic glaze. It’s definitely a winner, just like Barack Obama! (fingers crossed)

Get ya goodies to make this during the celebration tonight

Ingredients

– 1/4 cup of fresh goat cheese
– 1 tsp of balsamic glaze
– 1/4 cup of roasted broccoli rabe
  (trim off stems, toss with olive oil, salt
    and pepper, bake at 500 until wilted and
    starting to brown; about 5-7 minutes)
– 1 small pita
– 1 bulb of roasted garlic
   (cut off top of garlic bulb, and place in
     tin foil, drizzle with olive oil and salt and
     seal. bake on 400 for 45 minutes)
– 2 tbsp olive oil (not pictured)

Begin by gently pulling your pita into two halves and then crumble half of your goat cheese onto one side. I always use Vermont Creamery’s Goat Cheese because I think its perfectly lemony, bright, and smooth. It melts really nice too – unlike most chevres which get gritty when heated. I also think this tart cheese matches Obama’s spunk so I like it even more.

Next, add a few cloves of roasted garlic. These sweet, smooth, and delicately spicy cloves balance out the bitterness from the greens and goat cheese. They also remind me of how suave Obama was when he sang that little Al Green ditty. I just melt thinking about it…meep!

Now it’s time for the bitter greens. Just add a couple of roasted broccoli rabe leaves for an extra bite. This will also make the texture of this grilled cheese a little more interesting. The broccoli part also looks like Obama’s hair and that makes me giggle.

Finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. I always have Acetum Blaze balsamic reduction on hand but if you don’t, you can easily make it yourself.

To make your own balsamic glaze, just heat a pan on high and add a half cup of balsamic vinegar and a tbsp of apple juice. Boil until the liquid reduces and coats the back of the spoon. Remove from heat and use it however you’d like.

Before you put it in the pan, add the remaining goat cheese and place the other piece of pita, interior side down, on top. Almost ready!

Heat a pan over high heat and drizzle some olive oil into it. Gently place your grilled cheese in and smear it around so it evenly soaks up the olive oil. Let it cook for just a few minutes until the pita browns and the goat cheese starts to soften up. Flip it and repeat. When its finished, take it off the stove and let it sit for a few minutes to firm up.

No matter who you voted for, this grilled cheese is sure to please. Even more so if you voted for my number one main man, Obama!

xoxo,

GCS

The Slow Dance – Mustard and Ale Cheddar, Bacon, and Broccoli Grilled Cheese

I know, I know, it’s been a long time and I’m sorry. I could spend the next few sentences explaining my lack of grilled cheesiness but I’d rather not. Let’s talk about something better. Something new and weird and sort of exciting. Sounds good, right?

Alright, well let me just think about what I want to talk about.

Oh right! Exotic Corn dogs! That’s it. Think about it. Are you getting hungry yet? I know that it may sound like the name of some kitschy male stripper joint in South Florida, but I’m talking about the real thing here. No leopard print g-strings (ehhh, maybe, we’ll get back to that), oiled up pecs, or bulging private parts, but instead, imagine a savory apple and pork sausage, skewered, dipped in a rosemary infused corn dog batter and then deep fried to golden perfection. I’m getting horny hungry just thinking about it.

You might be asking yourself “What the hell is she talking about?” so let me give you some more background info. I’ve been wanting to open up a cutesy little grilled cheese spot for some time now and ever since Smorgasburg opened (a Brooklyn based taste-orgy that goes on every weekend) I thought it would be awesome to have my own little booth. Unfortunately there’s already a grilled cheese spot, Milk Truck (enter bizarre anger video here), so I can’t open up a booth based on my one true love. But when I went there and blew all of my money over the weekend, I had a revelation. Just because I can’t do GC’s doesn’t mean that this dream of mine has to be crushed like that time when I was twelve and found out that Furby’s aren’t cute but instead absolutely horrifying. Nope. So on Saturday afternoon, my friend and I spent about 8 hours daydreaming/obsessing over opening a fancy pants corn dog spot because, I mean, why not? And how awesome does that sound? There’s about a million awesome combos and you can even make the sticks cool! Needless to say, it got kind of weird with that one.

Which brings me to this: How good would this little grilled cheese be, which is made up of broccoli, bacon, and mustard seed and ale cheddar cheese, as a corn dog. AH!

Here’s what you’ll need, pre-corn-dog phase:

Ingredients:

– 1 piece of foccacia, sliced in half
– 2 tbsp of crumbled cooked bacon
– about a cup of sliced Red Dragon Mustard seed
  and ale cheddar cheese
– 2 tbsp of steamed broccoli
– 2 pats of salted butter

So the cheese that I used was found at Trader Joe’s. It’s a Welsh cheddar that has mustard seeds and ale infused in it. It’s super pliable and after sitting out for only a few minutes, it was already starting to melt. This might or might not have had something to do with the fact that it’s been like hotter than a devil’s dingdong in NYC lately. Anyways, the cheese mostly tastes like mustard and it melts beautifully and it was pretty cheap for a big ole hunk.

I just cut it into thin little slices because it was too soft to grate. My grater cried all night because he’s sensitive like that.

Then I piled on some cooked broccoli.

I just did a quick, non-thorough little search on my website and realized that I don’t think I’ve ever done a post with broccoli. What the **** kind of **** is that? I’m totally freaked out by myself about this.

GAH. I’m so disappointed in you, MacKenzie. This was your favorite vegetable as a kid. Remember demanding dinosaur trees until your face turned purple from screaming and your little brother hid under the bed because he thought you were possessed? Yeah, I sort of blocked that one out, too. 

Anyways, broccoli, it’s good to have you back.

Now comes the crumbled bacon part. MAKE IT RAIN PORK! Throw it up in the air and dance around. Let yourself feel the free flowing nature of a pig rooting around the muck. Just make sure to do this by yourself, others don’t seem to “get” it.

 Top it off with some more cheese and quit pulling your hair out from excitement.

Add the top piece of bread on top and smear it with some nice salty butter. Use the real stuff. Seriously dude, or else we’re not friends anymore. NOT EVEN ONLINE!

Heat up a burner to medium high and put your sandwich in, buttered-side down. Let it cook for a few minutes until it gets all crispy and toasted and then smear some butter on the non-buttered side and flip it.

Shampoo, rinse, repeat until it’s nice and even on both sides. Leave out the shampooing and rinsing. Let it sit for a few minutes to tighten up before eating.

Alright, so hopefully this tasty little sandwich will make up for my lack of posting. If it doesn’t and you’re still angry with me, I’ll make you a cor
n dog when I open up my dream corn dog stand on the Williamsburg Waterfront.

Oh and one last thing, if anyone is interested in wearing a leopard print g-string bikini and helping me sell these in the near future. Email me at GrilledCheeseSocial@gmail.com. Thanks!

xoxo,

GCS