My bread speaks in cheese and tomatoes by Anjuli

Posted on 04-26-09 · Tags: , , , , ,

Grilled cheese w/ caramelized onions, whole grain mustard, and tomatoes on homemade anadama bread

Being a perceptive cook really means doing the bidding of your food. It’s a good day when you just happen to have a molasses sweet and cornmeal gritty anadama bread (from the Bread Baker’s Apprentice) that is crying out for some grilled cheese and tomatoes. If on that day it happens to be 80 degrees (seriously?) and both your cheese and brow are sweating, you just pair it with a little acidic salad to refresh your palate.

Yesterday we went to town on that sandwich with some mild Gouda, Maille’s Old Style (which I live for), a little ramekin of caramelized onions, a few slices of bacon, and a very ripe tomato. Grilled cheese never gets old, it never is too gooey or greasy, and it never disappoints you. Arm yourself with good ingredients (and someone who loves baking) and the instructions from your food will always lead to great results.

Grilled cheese w/ caramelized onions, whole grain mustard, and tomatoes on homemade anadama bread

Grilled cheese
2 slices of some sweet, gritty bread, preferably homemade
Whole grain mustard (I usually use Maille‘s Old Style or Dijon)
Good unsalted butter
Organic Applewood or other smoked bacon
1 tomato
Mild gouda
Freshly ground black pepper

Place the bacon in a small saute pan on medium and fry for a couple minutes on each side. Remove from heat onto paper towels. Spread butter onto one side of each slice (the opposite of where the ingredients will go). Spread mustard on the other sides. Add the cheese on each side. Add the bacon. Place the tomatoes on one side and onions on the other. Sprinkle on some freshly ground black pepper, a little salt and close. Heat some butter in a pan on medium high heat. Add the sandwich. Cook until the cheese starts to melt. Compress with a weight or press down with a spatula every couple of minutes. Flip and cook the other side. The bread should be browned/toasted looking. Once the cheese has fully melted remove from heat. EAT.

Grilled cheese w/ caramelized onions, whole grain mustard, and tomatoes on homemade anadama bread

Caramelized Onions
1 red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
A few sprigs of thyme, washed and minced
1 teaspoon balsamic or sweeter red wine vinegar
Good unsalted butter
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat some butter in a small heavy-bottomed sauce pan on medium-low. Add in the onion and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring periodically to make sure they don’t stick or burn. The onions will become soft, then they will release some of their sugars Halfway through, grind some pepper and add the thyme. Once the onions have caramelized turn up the heat and add the balsamic and stir the onions to deglaze. Add salt and remove from heat.

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  1. LOUISE AYER wrote:




    April 29th, 2009 at 10:04 pm
  2. RADAD wrote:

    I love the sandwich,I love the pictures, the bread is toasted just right,good Lord i am hungry.


    April 29th, 2009 at 10:06 pm
  3. Caitzig wrote:

    That looks delicious! I’m totally going to make some for lunch! :D

    May 13th, 2009 at 7:59 pm
  4. Kavya, your niece wrote:

    That cheese and tomato sandwich looks really really good. I feel that I could eat it out of the computer. ALL of those recipes looked SO SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

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