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Cheesecake Heaven – Cheesecake Grilled Cheese with Nutella and Strawberry Butter

Hooray! I have a new guest blogger this week.  My best bud from Bittersweet Sugar & Sarcasm has been kind enough to create an amazing dessert grilled cheese for all of you to enjoy! Here’s his recipe and even though it was hard on him – step by step pictures, as well.  Make sure to head over to his site to develop diabetes check out all the amazing and fun desserts he cranks out every week!

I’m so excited to be doing a guest post with my best bud Mac. If only all of you knew her in person, you would now how much energy and happiness she spreads around effortlessly. But I have one beef with her and this blog:
Ok the step by step thing looks great to read but it is a pain in the @$$ to Q##@%$ photograph and post every @#$% time. That was looney tunes curse words if you picked up on it. 
No that is not really my style, I’m more of a reader. Or video that is quite nice too. But the step by step is tedious. Thankfully over now. I lost my track. . . 
Yes grilled cheese. I love sugar so I thought Mac and I would make a marriage of our blogs so to speak and make a dessert grilled cheese! Mine might be a little tacky (strawberry butter and Nutella add class) but I assure you, it is insanely delicious. You should probably only consume one per lifetime as a warning. Or share it with friends. Or run a marathon. Because the fate won’t treat you kindly after this
That’s not selling it is it? 
Cheesecake sandwich! 
That’s all you need to know

First things first you need the strawberry butter:

Strawberry butter:
What you need:
 2 sticks of super soft butter
1/2 cup strawberry jam

What you do:

In an electric mixer, or by hand if you are so savvy, simply mix together the softened butter and jam. Hopefully it will be pink and pretty. Either way it will taste good. Yes this description required 3 pictures.

Cheesecake Grilled Cheese

What you need:
– 2 slices of brioche
– slather of Nutella
– slather of strawberry butter
– 1 piece of cheesecake
– 2 dabs of butter
What you do:
Preheat a skillet to high heat. On one slice of bread, spread the Nutella. On the other, spread the strawberry butter you slaved away at.
Next, plop the cheesecake and squish it between the Nutella and strawberry butter. 
Then on the outside of your sandwich, butter both slides then drop it on the skillet for about 5 minutes. Press it down a little bit with a spatula. After five minutes, flip it over and let it cook on the other side for about three minutes.

Serve immediately and spread some more strawberry butter on it like it is tomato soup.



WOW. WOW. WOW. That looks insane and now I’m ravenous.  I need someone to eat this with because if I do it alone I will indefinitely feel guilty.  But for now, I want to thank Rick for sharing this super sweet grilled cheese with us and give him a virtual high-five for taking these lovely pics.  You da man!  Thanks boy!

xoxo,

Bittersweet Sugar & Sarcasm & GCS

La La Love You – French Toast Grilled Cheese with Mascarpone, Nutella and Fresh Strawberries

Is it weird that Valentines Day is one of my #1 favorite holidays? Especially considering the fact that I can’t actually remember the last time I’ve had a boyfriend during this emo-as-hell day?  Maybe it’s just that I le love the idea of love (and that i want my life to be a magnetic fields song).

But this also might stem from my preconceived ideas about living in New York.  When I moved up here I had this really romantic idea that I’d find a super cute boyfriend who listened to good music, had a nice pup pup, and a sweet smile.  Whenever we’d walk around, Jens Lekman and Todd Rundgren would be playing in the background and we’d drink bottles of wine all day in Central Park and laugh until our teeth fell out. BUT NOPE – not so much.  Though for some reason or another (maybe it’s just the Stevie Nicks in me) it’s really easy for me to forget about all the d-bags I’ve dated  (ok, so i guess there are a few nice ones mixed in there… somewhere) and be semi-optimistic about the future. semi.

But enough about me, let’s talk about this super sweet and kindhearted breakfast-in-bed grilled cheese that won’t stand you up on a Friday night I’m making for you and your lovie.

And now here are the sweet ingredients:

– 3 heart shaped pieces of challah bread (I used a giant cookie cutter)
– your favorite french toast batter (I used 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
– 3 large sliced organic strawberries
– 2 pads of salted butter
– 2 tbs of Mascarpone Cheese
– 2 tbs of Nutella (ZOMG, right?)
*optional whipped cream*

Ok lover, once you get your bread cut up into hearts and your french toast batter whisked, heat your skillet to medium high and melt some butter.  Then lightly submerge your challah for a hot sec into the batter.  After you dredge each piece, carefully place on your skillet without getting too much drip-age everywhere.  I created a nice little trail (on accident) so cupid would know where to find me. yep.

Once the hearts become nice and beautiful on each side, take them off your skillet and let them cool for a few minutes.  You don’t want to melt the mascarpone too soon.

Once they are the perfect temperature (i prefer room-temp) gently spread on your mascarpone.  If you’ve never had this fancy schmancy type of cheese, let me melt your heart and tell you about it.  It’s a sweet Italian creamy soft cheese that is kind of like mix of ricotta, whipped cream, and cream cheese. Super yummy.

Now lay on some of those pretty, pretty strawberries.  I was so excited when I was at Whole Foods today because they had just gotten a shipment in from Florida (my home state!). It was like a special little Valentines Day gift that they gave me without even knowing – besides the fact that they were like 6 bucks for a tiny little carton, but whatevs.

Now for my favorite part – THE NUTELLA.  I just love this stuff sooo much. I’ve heard about people getting getitng in questionable situations with this stuff, and sometimes I fear that in the right time and place and with the right amount of alcohol I could do something a little weird too. But anyways, before i freak you out even more – go ahead and spread on half the nutella onto one heart. COME ON, it’s valentines day.

Now stack it on top, nutella side down and then smear some MORE nutella on the other side.  Gluttony awaits you.

Now some more berries! awwwWWWWWWwwww!

This seems like there’s a lot of steps, but it goes pretty quickly and your lover will love you even more. promise.  Now for the almost last step, smear on some more mascarpone!

Then place the last heart, mascarpone side down, on top of your beautiful pile of sweetness.  ooooo la la.

And now if you want to make this treat extra special. (insert yummy/nonsexual sounding verb here) some whipped on top and dust with some cinnamon!  ALL DONE.

So if you do decide to make this for that special someone – don’t forget that mimosas and playing hooky pair perfectly with this little treat.

And if you’re alone on Valentines Day,  just follow my lead and chug a bottle of vodka turn up some Twin Sister, and binge eat until your emotions go away just like that giant box of chocolates that came in the mail from your mother secret admirer.

Oh and in case someone appreciates this sandwich a little extra, my favorite flowers are stargazer lilies and my favorite chocolates are vosges. thanks. love you, too.

xoxo,

GCS

The Cheese Knees – Oscypek Grilled Cheese with Strawberry Jelly

 You know who I love? One of my bestestestest friends, Peter Kiedrowski.  And guess what?  You’re going to love him too because he’s the new super hilarious, pee-your-pants-inducing GCS guest blogger! HOORAY!  Please be nice to Peter and laugh your ass off and try this delicious Polish grilled cheese he has so graciously created.

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What you have here is one of the finest grilled cheese ideas of all time.  This chee is unlikely to have ever been attempted on American soil, so this is groundbreaking stuff right here.

This particular cheese is called Oscypek (pronounced: Ozlsg@qyhdypekek).  It’s a smoked cheese made of salted sheep’s milk from the Tatra Mountains region of Poland.  I plagiarized that straight out of Wikipedia.  Please feel free to explore more fascinating deets
here.  I discovered this seductive brine-soaked, 14-day-smoked bundle of goodness last year when I visited Kraków, Poland.  Yeah, that’s right.  I do things like GO to Kraków
This sandwich has been known to make hardened men cry.  It’s warmed up on a grill and then drizzled with some hot strawberry jelly.  It tastes as if the sheep that birthed this smoky-salty treat was milked by the gloved hands of an angel.  A real one, straight outta heaven. ::Lowers sunglasses::

I honestly don’t know where you can get this cheese, besides the tiny Polish market I go to in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  I literally went into a restaurant close by and showed the most authentic looking Pole I could find a picture of this cheese on my iPhone.  She nodded solemnly and without a word walked me to the
Driggs Meat Market and found it for me.  Thank you, my little droga!


Anyways, let’s get to it. 


Ingredients:

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– 2 tabs of salted butter, 
– a few slices of Oscypek cheese (let’s say sliced a quarter inch thick),
– 2 slices of rustic white bread
strawberry jelly (NOT JAM!!!!) 

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 Put that chEEse on that brEAd!  

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Spread that jelly on the belly of that cheese. You may be concerned, thinking “hey that jelly is gonna soak up my bread when I grill it. That’s not a good id…”  You’re wrong. DEAD wrong…

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Oh lordy.  Control Daddy, we got a sandwich ready for takeoff. The jelly is filled, we are thrilled.  Requesting butter suppo
rt.  Come in.  Over.

 

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Moon Duster, this is Butter Pecan.  Grillin’ complete.  We’re ready for pick up.  Get yer no good carcass up here.  It’s chow time. Over.  

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There ya go, kid.  You made it, and now you’ve got yourself a world class sandwich.  Mind you, this is a Thick and Heavy cheese, so for best results, I recommend you inhale it, much like a honey badger, whilst it’s hot.  Be sure to drink plenty of fluids too!  You don’t want to be searching for Gatorade streams in the middle of the night.
P.S. Good news!  You can now order Oscypek online hereYour life is about to change!  
xoxo,