Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Modern Grilled Cheese

The grilled cheese sandwich is evolving. Gone is the notion that grilled cheese is a meal that can only be ordered off the kids’ menu. In fact, this timeless sandwich is one of the biggest food trends of 2012. Restaurants have added gourmet grilled cheeses to their menus, food trucks devoted solely to the grilled item are popping up across the country and chefs are publishing cookbooks about how to build “the perfect grilled cheese.” David Venable, program host of QVC’s popular cooking and dining show In the Kitchen with David, shares his tips on how to spice up the traditional grilled cheese to best fit your taste.

Change the Cheese
“Be adventurous, use smoked gouda, cheddar, brie, gruyere, swiss, feta or any cheese that you love. Feel free to combine cheeses to create a unique flavor; for example, mozzarella, romano and parmesan would give you an Italian masterpiece,” says Venable.

Change the Bread
“If you love sourdough, you’ll love it in a grilled cheese sandwich. If you love English muffins, give it a go! The only breads you’ll want to avoid are those with natural baking holes or bagels, because your cheese will be lost in the pan,” says Venable.

Add Fillings
“Dressings and slices of fruit, veggies and meat can really complement your grilled cheese sandwich as long as you pair wisely and avoid overstuffing. My favorite combinations include cheddar with tomato and bacon and brie with apples and Dijon mustard. Look to pizza, pastas, casseroles, and salads for inspiration,” says Venable.

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