Paying Homage to Grilled Cheese (and three recipes)…

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that grilled cheese is most delicious when paired with tomato soup.  As a child, I was so enamored with the pairing that I used to heat up some Campbell’s and put hunks of cheese directly into the soup and let it get all melty.  Then I’d scoop up those melty bits with the soup & eat it, and it was pure heaven.  Sometimes I’d make a simple grilled cheese and then tear it apart and plop it right into the soup where it could soak up that tomato flavor and get soggy and oozy and perfect. 

Since it’s National Grilled Cheese Month and all, I’ve been experimenting with different fillings for grilled cheese sandwiches.  Here are the favorites:
The Italian Grilled Cheese: my favorite. I layered cream cheese, red & yellow tomatoes, basil, prosciutto and provolone… on a Tomato-Basil bread. Years ago I had a grilled cheese bagel with cream cheese on it. I’ve had a tough time forgetting about that decadent sandwich, so I included it on my grilled cheese too. You gotta try it.
The Tomato-Basil Bread that I used for my favorite grilled cheese was homemade- quite a good one for sandwiches.grilled-cheese3
The Adult Grilled Cheese: The Husband’s favorite. I have to admit that I liked this one a lot too. I layered goat cheese, red & yellow tomato, prosciutto, arugula and havarti cheese… on cracked wheat sourdough (from Trader Joe’s). I’m hoping the picture explains how good this was. Major comfort in a sandwich, and silky, soft, harvati melts up soooo nicely.
Marbled Jack & Ham Grilled Cheese: My kiddo’s favorite. My son was really into the whole ‘experimentation’ aspect of these grilled cheese sandwiches. When I asked him to create his ultimate grilled cheese, he explained that he would like his favorite cheese… marbled Jack… all melted with chunks of ham on his favorite soft wheat bread (with no seeds in it).

These were all great sandwiches, but they just weren’t quite the same without a bowl of tomato soup to dunk them in.

The recipe for Italian Grilled Cheese can be found HERE.
The recipe for Adult Grilled Cheese can be found HERE.
The recipe for Tomato-Basil bread can be found HERE.
The recipe for Marbled Jack and Ham Grilled Cheese can be found HERE.

Panini Happy is having a Grilled Cheese Celebration, so I’ll be sending along our favorites for this event.

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44 Responses to “Paying Homage to Grilled Cheese (and three recipes)…”

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    Lanie — April 13, 2009 @ 4:08 AM


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    Bellini Valli — April 13, 2009 @ 3:45 AM

    All three would be my favourites:D I am not good at choosing.

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    patsyk — April 13, 2009 @ 3:45 AM

    Great sandwiches! I am going to have to try each one!

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    Jennifer — April 13, 2009 @ 4:52 AM

    Those sandwiches look great! I’m may just have to try a couple of these! But I have to say my still all time favorite grilled cheese is some plain white bread with thick slices of velveeta oozing out of it. The best (ok of of the only) things my mom can cook!

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    veron — April 13, 2009 @ 6:17 AM

    OMG, I can’t decide which one I like the most…er…all of them!

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    Jenns Baking Chamber — April 13, 2009 @ 5:39 AM

    you got me craving cheese! I think the kid’s favorite is the best!

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    Rachel Hope — April 13, 2009 @ 6:47 AM

    They all look delicious! My favorite is Dilled Havarti and Tomato on Rye…YUM!!!!

    My son loves my Mom’s homemade Wheeat (With No Seeds!) LOL, Kids, the seeds are what make it good!

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    Manggy — April 13, 2009 @ 5:59 AM

    I must be a kid too, cos that marbled ham and cheese sounds awesome!! :)

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — April 13, 2009 @ 6:02 AM

    What a fun family experiment! The tomato basil bread was such a great idea – tomatoes are such a perfect grilled cheese pairing. The Grilled Cheese Pageant just got even better!

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    HoneyB — April 13, 2009 @ 6:14 AM

    Hubby’s fav looks like it could be mine too….but I’m not picky, I’d eat any that were put in front of me!

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    RobinSue — April 13, 2009 @ 6:40 AM

    We are grilled cheese fans here too. Sometimes my oldest will want a grilled ham and cheese for breakfast! I am really liking Trader Joe’s Tomato soup, very good thick and creamy. Not the low sodium one though. I do love basil in my grilled cheese too.

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    Jenny — April 13, 2009 @ 6:52 AM

    I’m with you girl, yours looks fantastic as do the others. I could eat grilled cheese sammys everyday!

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    Jeff — April 13, 2009 @ 7:26 AM

    Voting for the tomato basil bread especially with mozzarella cheese.

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    Sara — April 13, 2009 @ 7:31 AM

    YUM! They all look great. Sometimes a grilled cheese makes everything better. :) I think the Italian looks the best.

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    Vickie — April 13, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

    they look fantastic

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    Ginny — April 13, 2009 @ 9:58 AM

    I’ve been eating grilled cheeses all week… I tend to prefer cheddar but I love to experiment with what I have on hand! looks great! :)

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    snooky doodle — April 13, 2009 @ 10:44 AM

    oh you made me hungry and craving grilled cheese. so good !!!!

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    Paula — April 13, 2009 @ 10:57 AM

    I’m with you. Your sandwich looks wonderful although I wouldn’t turn down any one of them!

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    Michelle — April 13, 2009 @ 12:02 PM

    Mmm. You’re making me hungry! They all look awesome.

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    Melissa — April 13, 2009 @ 12:41 PM

    Your favorite is my favorite. I would maybe have picked your husband’s, but I don’t like goat cheese. What a fabulous three entries for Kathy’s event! I hope to get my own in by Friday. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    rhyleysgranny — April 13, 2009 @ 2:33 PM

    Your sandwiches look so delicious. I very much like the look of your Tomato and Basil bread. Have you any idea what the UK equivalent of White whole wheat flour is?

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    Louise — April 13, 2009 @ 2:47 PM

    Your Grilled Cheese Month celebration is way more appetizing than the one I did last year. I didn’t, however, know about the Grilled Cheese Celebration event. Definitely going to check into it.

    I’ll take a bite of each please, just a tiny bite:)

    Thanks for the reminder and sharing, recipe girl, delightful!

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    RecipeGirl — April 13, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

    Hi Rhyleysgranny- I’m afraid I’m not sure what a proper equivalent would be in the UK for white whole wheat flour. Do you have regular whole wheat flour? Perhaps you could just try using that.

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    tastymealsathome — April 13, 2009 @ 5:49 PM

    Drooling right now…

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    Maria — April 13, 2009 @ 5:49 PM

    We are still working on our favorite grilled cheese. We are almost at perfection:) I love your tomato basil bread. I bet that makes it REALLY good!

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    Laurie — April 13, 2009 @ 6:43 PM

    The tomato basil bread looks beautiful! They all look so wonderful it would be hard to choose a favorite. Although I love arugala.:) We make open face broiled sandwiches with fresh bufalla mozzarella, cheese, fresh julienne slices of basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Kinda like brushetta. What a fun event Lori!

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    Lisa Marie — April 13, 2009 @ 7:47 PM

    WOW!!! These looks SO delicious! How creative. And thanks for the heads up about National Grilled Cheese Month… I had no idea! Hope you don’t mind… I linked your blog to mine since I could not resist your cheese goodness! :)

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    MyLastBite — April 13, 2009 @ 11:22 PM

    I LOVE your Husband’s Favorite!!!

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    VeggieGirl — April 14, 2009 @ 4:11 AM

    Classic comfort!!

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    Lynn — April 14, 2009 @ 6:46 AM

    Yum, yum, yum. All that melty cheese convinced me. It’s going on the menu for this week. The only tough part is deciding which one. They all look fabulous!

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    grace — April 14, 2009 @ 8:34 AM

    i’ll take one of each, please and thank you. the possibilities are absolutely endless with grilled cheese, and i don’t think i can name a favorite. :)

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    lo — April 14, 2009 @ 9:41 AM

    A good grilled cheese is one of my favorite things in the world. I’ll totally sample any of those you’d like to toss my way :) It IS lunch time after all!

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    The Duo Dishes — April 14, 2009 @ 9:44 AM

    Oh man oh man! Grilled cheese heaven.

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    Nurit - 1 family. fr — April 14, 2009 @ 11:44 AM

    Ohhh, look at those sandwiches/paninis… And the close-ups? Cruel.

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    Kerstin — April 14, 2009 @ 3:45 PM

    Yay for National Grilled Cheese Month! All three look delicious, but your hubby’s choice looks especially amazing!

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    Bridgett — April 14, 2009 @ 3:50 PM

    Did anyone see me licking my screen….

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    cleyde — April 15, 2009 @ 6:38 AM

    Oh my Gosh….that looks so yummy ! i`ll def. will make…

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    Jude — April 15, 2009 @ 7:54 PM

    Great collection of grilled cheese recipes. I think that tomato basil bread would be a treat by itself.

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    Kevin — April 17, 2009 @ 5:30 PM

    Using the tomato and basil bread for a grilled cheese like that sounds great!

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    Elyse — April 18, 2009 @ 9:13 AM

    I love Grilled Cheese!!! Maybe I should make one for myself right now. I’m so hungry!

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    the wicked noodle — April 19, 2009 @ 2:29 PM

    They ALL look SO GOOD!! I should NEVER, EVER go Tastespotting when I’m hungry…

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    justeatfood — April 21, 2009 @ 5:35 AM

    Grilled cheese is one of my ultimate favorite comfort foods. I love cutting up grilled cheese ‘croutons’ and letting them float around before being rescued. Yum!! All three look delicious.

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    Peter — April 21, 2009 @ 8:35 AM

    I still will open a can of Campbell’s tomato soup, add some herbs and cream and serve it with some grilled cheese sangwiches!

    You’ve got the showstoppers here….nice pageant of sandwiches.

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    marla — October 9, 2011 @ 6:00 AM

    Hi Lori! LOVE these versions of grilled cheese. Believe it or not I am hosting a grilled cheese round up. Please submit any of your fab links, as many as you want :)