I am so stressed out. Like I literally don’t know what to do with myself… I totally shouldn’t even be writing this blog post but I need some cathartic release, and well GCS – you’re my outlet today. So instead of crossing things off on my checklist, I’m going to share this little grilled cheese with you. It’s sweet, savory, and summer-y and it’s perfect… And it sort of makes me forget about the one million things that I have left to do.
|Photo: Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush|
GUYS! I don’t know if I told you yet, but I’m going to be Wisconsin Cheese’s spokesperson for National Grilled Cheese Month (omggg!!!!) and to hype up the buzz, I made 5 new awesome sandwiches that are featured on their site! Here’s the first one of the mix – it’s a banana foster grilled cheese!
When it’s this cold out, there’s not a whole lot to do besides pout, cry, and dream about times when you could wear a bathing suit in public. Yeah, sure, you might have been verbally harassed by some construction workers, but at this point, who the fuck cares?! I would gladly hear some sexist cat calls in exchange to never have to see my puffy coat again. I’m serious, the warmth of the sun is literally all I fantasize about. I can’t think of anything better than walkin the streets of Brooklyn, my pup choking himself out pulling his leash in front of me, head held high, bright colors ablaze, and a super big smile on my not-pale face.
But clearly, that’s not happening. Instead I’m avoiding the outdoors at all costs, my wardrobe has become more goth than I ever wanted, and Netflix and I have officially been reunited as BFF. My fav thing to watch? Documentaries all the way. And as you could imagine, I was so stoked to see that the Bronies documentary was added to the list. Oh, and If you’re not sure what a Bronie is – it’s a “bro” or dude that loves My Little Pony. Let me give you some background on what I’m talking about…
As a kid, I was completely obsessed with MLP. I had the dream house, the pool, and all the pony’s that I could get my greedy little hands on. I would even act sick so that my Uncle Bro would buy me a new pony to make me feel better. Yes, I was a genius and conniving little kid. Anyways, I found out what a Brony was just a few months back when I was obsessed with this techno song by PinkiePieSwear called Flutterwonder. I just thought it was a cool, uppity song and I had no idea that it was actually just bits and pieces of a my lil pony episode that some dude mixed together.
When I found this out, I was immediately fascinated and spent a few hours getting into a deep brony-hole on the internet. I was totally in love with these dudes and I just thought it was a super fun and unique club… and of course, I felt for them because our love for MLP was mutual. And even though I’ve only watched the show a handful of times, I’m totally aware that the morals behind it are based on friendship, love, and being true to yourself. And I love that. I think it’s amazing and ridiculous. And since Valentine’s Day is coming up and I wanted to make a grilled cheese that is sweet, adorable, loving, and sharable, I thought I’d name this sammich after the character that introduced to me the Brony culture.
Oh, and did I mention that it’s a funfetti-based grilled cheese. Yes, you heard that right. You can eat funfetti batter if you do it right and luckily for you, I just figured out how to do it… And of course it went into a grilled cheese. Everyone give a big brony welcome to Pinkie Pie’s Dream!
3 tbsp Ricotta
1 tbsp sprinkles
1.5 tbsp dry funfetti cake mix
2 slices of brioche
2 pats salted butter (Obsessed with Kriemhild)
So let’s get this party started. Mix the dry funfetti mix and the fresh ricotta in a small bowl. Taste it to make sure that you believe in miracles me. Not funfetti-y enough? Add some more of the cake mix!
Now smear some onto a piece of brioche. FIY, this is probably the best type of bread for a sweet grilled cheese. It’s buttery, airy, and not too sweet itself. It sort of has the taste and consistency of poundcake but more airy. It’s the bomb.
Now add some sprinkles for some more color. You totally don’t have to, but do it. The sprinkles bring a nice little textural crunch the sandwich and it makes it way more fun.
Now add the other piece of bread on top and butter this little baby up.
Place your sandwich in a frying pan and turn the heat to medium low. Because this bread has such a high fat content, it’ll burn really easily. So you’ll def wanna cook iy slow and low to get the most out of the ricotta mix and the bread.
Don’t forget to flip and repeat!
After a few minutes on each side, it’ll be ready to eat! Just slice it down the middle and serve to all of your cake-batter-obsessed-friends.
So I hope that everyone has a great Valentine’s Day and that you all get hugs from your friends and a lil sumpin sumpin special from your lovers. I wish I could give you all a big hug and feed you bites of this sandwich to show my love for all of you. Thanks for keepin GCS on the map babes!