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The Peachy Peach – Gouda, Pickled Peaches, Mulberry Jam and Virginia Ham Grilled Cheese

Oh hey 2014! Sorry I neglected you for so long. You see, I’ve been busy trying to fit back into all of my winter clothes, and well Grilled Cheese Social, you got left behind because I think you’re the culprit. I should have known that one day your existence would catch up to me and my favorite skinny jeans wouldn’t look so hot anymore.  Especially Since the number 1 question that I’ve been asked since I started this blog almost 4 years ago is “How the hell do you eat all of these grilled cheese sandwiches and not weigh 1000 pounds?” Well. I may not be 1000 pounds but that doesn’t mean all these delightful sandwiches don’t take a toll on me.

When it was time to bust out all of my winter clothes this year, I literally “busted” out of them. This led to the shocking realization that “Holy shit. All of my pants are too tight! Is it because I’m in my late 20s and my metabolism is saying peace-out? Is it all those nights of drinking IPAs to keep warm? Or maybe it was all the late night food fests that seemed like such a good idea at the time.” However this weight gain happened and it definitely wasn’t going anywhere unless I did something about it.  So what did I do? I turned into someone that I thought I’d never be.

I started juicing….NOT CLEANSING… and started working out. And by working out, I mean I started doing Wii Dance because that is the best form of workout that has ever existed. Who doesn’t want to sweat it out alone in their bedrooms, without shame or pressure, without some hot dude staring into my red sweaty face. And most importantly, without someone seeing my white girl dance moves and I try to pop and lock it to some catchy Beyonce song. It literally is the funnest workout that I’ve ever done, but that doesn’t mean I want people seeing me do it. Anyways, I’ve had to cut back mainly because I don’t want to have to buy new jeans but it’s good for me so we’ll see how this works and I’ll let you know what my robotic aerobics instructor tells me at the next Wii-weigh-in.

But I also realize that my month long hiatus meant that this poor blog got neglected, but no sweat (actually a lot of sweat) I’m back! And I’ll be back for good because now I realize that I don’t have to eat all the test sandwiches AND the the ones that get photographed, I’m pretty sure I can handle it and get back into my levis (please please please please). So we’ll start back with a sandwich that’s kind of tiny so that YOU can decide how many of them you actually want to eat. Oh, and did I mention these are perfect little grilled cheese sliders for Super Bowl parties? So sweet and savory; these little sandwiches feature Wisconsin’s famous Marieke Gouda, Underground Butcher’s White Mulberry Jam, homemade pickled peaches, and thinly sliced Virginia Ham all on fluffy little King’s Hawaiian Rolls.

INGREDIENTS

Wisconsin Gouda (Marieke brand)
– White Mulberry Jam (by Underground Butcher)
– Virginia Ham
– Pickled Peaches
King’s Hawaiian Rolls
– Salted Butter (I only use Kriemhild!)

When you’re working with any type of bread that has a crust on the outside, you’ll always want to begin by flipping over the bread and filling your sandwich so that the interior of the roll now becomes the exterior. Make sense? Basically you want the inner bready goodness to act as the part that gets all crispy and delicious when you grill it.

So now that we’re all good to go, begin by smearing some of Underground Butcher’s white mulberry jam onto the King’s Hawaiian Roll. I get that this is kind of a specialty item, so if you can’t find it maybe try to use like a fig jam or even a sweet and spicy honey mustard.

Now add some of the gouda and a few pickled peaches. I made these because the peaches that i’ve found in Brooklyn this winter blow harder than the stupid wind that’s been messin’ up my hair. Anyways, I really wanted to put them on this sandwich, and I thought this was the most edible way. I basically just sliced them super thin and added them to some sweet pickling liquid that I had in my fridge. I let them sit for about a week and then busted ’em out!

They’re sweet, tart, and super juicy. They’re absolutely perfect to compliment the savory ham, nutty cheesy, and woodsy mulberry jam.

Oh, and this cheese, if you haven’t heard me rant about it before, then get ready! Marieke makes my favorite gouda that’s EVER existed. It’s sweet, nutty, and has slight hints of caramel. It’s a dreamboat of a cheese and it’s made in my favorite cheeseland – Wisconsin.

Now add some Virginia ham. It’s super salty so it balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients. Add more or less or none at all depending on how much you dig ham. I know some of my boyfriends will want like 500 layers so do what you gotta do friends!

Now it’s time to close the sandwich up and get it ready to be buttered. See how the top of the bun got flipped inside out and now is being used kind of upside down? That’s what I’m talking about. Email me if you still don’t get this, we’ll have a talk. 🙂

So now that everything is ready to go, place your buttered sandwiches in a griddle and turn the heat to medium. Starting with the sandwich at room temp and letting it get hotter with the pan helps make a more perfect crust and the cheese melts more evenly.

Let them grill for a few minutes on each side until they’re all crispy and melted and golden and delicious and and and and AWESOME!  You might even have time to go run and do a song on Wii Dance real quick. Maybe. But be careful, I don’t want anyone crying from burnt sandwiches.

Oh, and um try and let them sit for a minute to set… please?

Oh la la! All done! Aren’t they pretty? And can I just say that it feels really good to do a new post? I miss writing… and eating. Umm, well mainly just eating but you know. Anyways, check back next week cause i’ll be back with another dank-ass recipe… I SWEAR!

xoxo,

GCS

The Modern Mayflower – Muenster, Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Stuffing Grilled Cheese

Man oh man. Thanksgiving is here again and I’m finally starting to feel like I’m slightly good at this. It’s been about 3 years since I started having my own personal lil Brooklyn food fest sans mi familia, and there’s def been some gross ass turkeys hurdles along the way but I’m actually getting the hang of it. I mean, now that I know that you have to defrost a turkey fifty days in advance and that it’s absolutely necessary to have a meat thermometer if you want edible turkey, then what could go wrong?


A lot.

So based on my personal experiences, if you want to have the best stress-free thanksgiving ever, then take the following advice:
1. I think it’s important that one understands that it’s absolutely vital to have at least one bottle of champagne per person the morning-of.
2. If you’re inviting friends over, give them the hard recipes or the ones you’re not familiar with – stick to your favorites because it makes you look like a pro. Genius advice right there.
 3. Remember, be a good host and keep everyone’s glasses full and bowl’s packed. Not only will the meal be absolutely delicious when it’s fiiiiiiiiiiiinally ready, but by getting your guests wa-wa-wasted a lil tipsy, then you can all take a big group nap in the living room with all the pillows and blankets you can find! How fun does that sound?! Oh, and of course if your meal sucks then they’ll prob just forget anyways which is good, too.

So if you keep all of these practical tips in mind, then you should be good to go. But actually who cares about the day of Thanksgiving?  Everyone knows that the leftovers are the best part anyways. And that leads us to this very special sandwich. So go ahead, put on your jeggings, pour yourself a stiff drink, and get ready for some deliciousness because shit just got real.

You know all that soggy leftover stuffing? Yeah? Well, put that slop into a waffle press and get ready to make the best thing that’s ever been created… besides —. Then add some muenster cheese, a little bit of crappy cranberry jelly, and a big ole heaping pile of mashed potatoes and grill it. As Adina, my boss and #1 homey from S.W. Basics would say, “if you make this sandwich, you make turkey the side”. And I say TRUE DAT, Adina. True dat. Let’s get started.

Ingredients:
– 2 stuffing waffles (directions below)
– 2 giant spoonfuls of mashed potatoes
– 1 tbsp of crappy cranberry jelly
– a few slices of Wisconsin muenster

Let’s begin by talking about the greatest thing that I’ve ever done in my life. It’s not some amazing volunteer gig or that time when I rescued a baby sea otter from the middle of the street (that didn’t happen, it would be cute though!), nah, it’s when I discovered that you could put stuffing mix into a waffle iron.

STUFFING WAFFLES. That’s it. Just two simple words that have changed my life.  They’re so easy to make and they’re insanely addicting. Just image this – It’s like all the delicious crispy stuffing parts are perfectly in proportion to the moist parts. And that just happens to be the greatest thing ever.

So let me tell you how to make these. Basically you can just put your wet stuffing mixture into a waffle press, let it cook for a few cycles – they need more time than regular ole waffles. After they start to get crispy and golden, let them sit some more so they can firm up then they’re ready to be used!

Next, add some of your knock-off Aunt Lorraine’s famous mashed potatoes, be sure to really mash the taters into the nooks and crannies of the waffle. It’s like perfectly made little pockets so why not fill they with mashed potatoes? WHY NOT?!

On the other side, repeat the same process but instead use some cranberry jelly. I’ll go ahead and put this out there, I am a fan of the crappy stuff. I don’t want any chunks, or berries as some would say, in my cranberry jelly. No. I want that ultra-smooth, deliciously-weird, and consistently-gelatinous goodness that I remember from my childhood. And I want a lot… but you could add however much you like.

That reminds me, you could also add turkey at this point. But if you’re too poor busy like me and don’t have money time to make a turkey twice, or if you ran out of turkey and had no leftovers, then you can be on my team. Otherwise, eff off! Jk. Jk. I love you forever.

Now add a few slices of muenster. I added three for good measure because I want excess of pretty much everything in my life. And who wouldn’t want want extra muenster. Dumdums, that’s who.

And did you know that muenster has a super high percentage of butterfat so it’s basically the butter of meltable cheeses. Amazeballs.

Gah, brb, gotta go gobble down a slice…

Almost done, almost done! Now just put the two halves together and clap your hands. You can also call all of your friends into the room to let them admire what you
‘ve done. I’m giving you a internet-pat-on-the-back as we speak!

Because the stuffing was already so buttery, I didn’t think it was necessary to add any more sandwich lube. Strange, I know, especially when you consider what I just said in the last step, but you get it. If I would have added more butter, it probably would have burned too quickly and would have gotten a lil soggy and I might have cried.

So anyways, just cook the sandwich for a few minutes on each side at a low heat – remember the stuffing waffle is already cooked so you just want to get it hot enough to where the cheese melts. And like I said before – muenster melts magically!

Once it looks all deliciously crispy and you can’t wait any longer, take it out of your pan and let it chill for a sec. During this time, you can run down to the liquor store or coffee shop and re-up on mimosas or whatever else you drink the day after Thanksgiving. Then indulge and enjoy the leftovers!

So hopefully this post will help you use up your leftovers in a fun, new, and creative way. If you’ve gotta a better weirder idea on how to use up the leftover food, then please share! Until next time homies…

xoxo,

GCS

The A-Team – Cheddar, Bacon, Tomato Jam, Pickled Jalapenos and BBQ Potato Chips Grilled Cheese

ALL OF MY FRIENDS ARE GETTING MARRIED. It’s happening. I’ve finally reached that fearful fantastic age where I’ll probably be attending a wedding every 6 months for the next 10 years. Strangely enough, this also means that I’ve reached the age when my parents are starting to get concerned about my personal love life. I can picture them now – up all night, crying into their poor hands, worrying that their first born daughter will grow up to be a lonely craft-making, kitty collecting spinster that still cruises the OK Cupid circuit.

After 27 years of not giving a damn, my dad is all of a sudden curious as to who I’m dating. And it’s not like it’s just every once in a while that he asks – it’s like every single time we get on the phone. And my mom? Well that’s another story which constantly revolves around past flames. The conversations sort of go like this: “No mom, I haven’t talked to him since he threw that piece of broccoli at me in the grocery store” “No Dad, I haven’t met a nice young man with a successful career and a low deductable insurance plan. “NO FAMILY, I DON’T HAVE A ROMANTIC DATE FOR ADINA AND  ADAM’S WEDDING WITH A PRINCE WHO HAS A BMW AND A 401K AND A FULL HEAD OF THICK, SHINY, BEAUTIFUL HAIR, AND THE TALL GENES”. But ya know what? It’s ok that they’re concerned. They’re my parents after all and if I don’t give my mom grandbabies then that’s how I’ll know I have failed at life.
But now that the idea of an actual relationship is something that I should probably start thinking about – I couldn’t have met Adina and Adam, the most perfect couple of all time, at a better time. Do you know any lovers that completely vibe off of each other all the damn time? No? Me niether. Well, until I started working for these two awesome people like 6 months ago at S.W. Basics of Brooklyn. They’re like the Beyonce and Jay-Z of organic skincare, the Judd Apatow and Elizabeth Banks of hilariousness, the Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger of pure genius. He’s the eggs to her bacon, and she’s the sugar to his tea. I’m totally obsessed with them, but not in the stalker weird-o kind of way, and I can only hope I find the buttered bread to my cheese.
All this optimism and excitement around their wedding only leads me to share some more exciting news with you all! The 2nd recipe for my month and a half long Wisconsin Cheese feature is super good and spotlights Hook’s 2 year cheddar, Nueske’s thick cut BACON, tomato jam, BBQ potato chips from ROUTE 11, and pickled jalapenos. It sounds crazy, but it works! Just like a certain couple I know! 🙂

AND YOU CAN WIN A WHOLE BOX OF CHIPS ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE!

YOU NEED THESE FOR THE CEREMONIAL DISH!

INGREDIENTS

– a bunch of Hook’s 2 yr cheddar
– a handful of Route 11 BBQ chips
– 3 slices of crispy Nueske’s bacon
– 1.5 tbs of tomato jam
– 1 tbs of pickled jalapenos
– 2 slices of sourdough bread
– 2 pats of salted butter

To begin, smear on some tomato jam. As you’re doing this, think of some new love options. Get goin’ your ovaries aren’t going to last forever.
Tomato jam is quite lovely itself too, it’s sweet but has this earthiness that’s present in a real tomato – it tastes like spreadable summer lovin!
Now it’s time for the best cheddar EVER from Hook’s! It’s made by this super dreamy couple, Tony and Julie, in Mineral Point, WI. It’s sweet, rich, a little nutty, and perfectly sharp. It compliments this sandwich like non other – except Adina and Adam… DUH!
Now it’s BACON TIME – the best time! Take a nibble and lay it on. Rub it on your skin if you want to attract the perfect mate.
Now heat things up with some pickled jalapenos. No one wants to be boring.
Change up the texture with some crispy Route 11 BBQ chips and allow their crunchiness to add another layer of depth to this sandwich.
Add the remaining cheese and the top piece of bread and give it a little kiss. It’s ok, no one will tell.
Butter the sandwich and place it in a pan. Turn the heat to medium and allow that sandwich to get cookin’.
When it gets all perfect and golden brown on each side, and the cheese begins to ooze out – you know it’s time to make the move. The next move that is.
Take it out of the pan and let it sit for a second before slicing into it and exploring it’s deeper side. What am I talking about? I don’t even know at this point.
So as a premarital gift, Route 11 and I would like one of you dear readers to win a box full of of super awesome potato chips! All you have to do is enter [here] on Facebook and do all the things! And to those who are already wified up – Nice work! Make this sandwich for your lover for an extra weird special night of joy, love, and unity.
xoxo,
GCS