A while back, while relaxing with my wife, I started on my bi-hourly foodie rant and was detailing my disdain for processed cheese. When she discovered I viewed American cheese in the same light as edible Play-Doh she looked at me with a face typically reserved for your first meeting with an extraterrestrial. “You don’t like grilled cheese?!”, she exclaimed!
I informed her not only do I love grilled cheese, it can be made exceedingly better than the childish version made with America’s favorite neon, plastic flavored, cheese. Using real cheese, flavorful bread, and upgrading the tomato soup to something beyond a canned runny ketchup will transform this comfort classic into a foodie’s favorite.
My version of the classic includes upgrades such as hearty sourdough bread, real Wisconsin cheese, and a smoky fire roasted tomato soup. Nothing goes better with grilled cheese than tomato soup, and the deep smoky flavors in my fire roasted tomato soup will be a welcomed upgrade to the canned concoction!
The great thing about grilled cheese is that you can customize it to your own tastes. Pick your favorite cheeses or additional toppings to make your sandwich your own. I firmly believe you are never too old to be a kid, however, that doesn’t mean you always have to eat like one. I hope you enjoy!
Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Roasted Tomato, and Basil
- 2 slices dense Sourdough denser bread doesn’t flatted during cooking as easily
- 2 in strips of bacon cooked crispy and cut half
- 2 slices thin tomato roasted
- 3 leaves Basil julienned
- Cheddar cheese
- Provolone Cheese
- Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- Toss the tomato slices in oil, season with salt and desired seasonings and roast at 400 degrees until slightly charred.
- Fry bacon in a pan while tomato is roasting.
- Butter outside of each piece of bread. Layer provolone cheese, then basil, then cheddar cheese, then bacon, then tomato on sandwich.
- Grill on medium heat until cheese is melted and exterior has browned.
- Cut in half and serve.
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Dr. Michael T Resch
This is a superb recipe for a classic American sandwich! I can't wait for my son (a chef in a local deli) to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
My partner and I made this a few months ago and it was delicious! Now we’re going into the New Year on tasty note by making it again this evening. We combined this recipe with a Tomato Basil Bisque found on Pinterest
This recipe along with the tomato basil bisque is highly recommended! It’s one of the best recipes we’ve found
Yum! This looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us over the the Merry Monday link party! Hope you'll link up with us again next week! Sharing your post on Twitter and Pinterest!
Kristen from The Road to Domestication
Okay, I this looks absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again this Friday!
This looks so delicious! You can never have too many grilled cheese recipes! Pinning, thanks for sharing!
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Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
YUM’d! This looks delicious. A definite must try! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/06/04/home-matters-linky-party-40/ 🙂
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Fox Valley Foodie
On my way!
Thalia @ butter and brioche
Yum.. this looks like the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. I definitely am craving one to devour now!
Fox Valley Foodie
It is so good, but I only let myself make it on rare occasions!