I'd been meaning to blog about grilled cheese for some time, but I'd never got around to it. The grilled cheese is an amazing sandwich, and according to The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, first appeared in the 1930s - around the same time sliced bread made its debut.
Years earlier, in 1917, Kraft started selling canned cheese to the U.S. Army. They bought out Velveeta in the late 1920s. The individually-wrapped slices didn't appear until the mid-1960s - known as "square cheese," in our home. When Wonder's sliced bread hit the shelves, processed cheese quickly became the original filling for the grilled cheese sandwich.
So the original grilled cheese isn't something fancy - it's Wonderbread and Velveeta. Truth be told, I still think that processed cheese is a perfectly acceptable filling for grilled cheese. Jacob has graduated from plain sliced bread and now prefers his square cheese in between two slices of marble rye. I actually think it's quite good. On special occasions, I one-up it with this:
|Jacob's double-decker barbecued-grilled cheese|
sandwich with square cheese and marble rye.
|Jacob drinking his water with the wall of preserves|
|My Blackjack grilled cheese sandwich.|
Secret Recipe Club
For the July edition of Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned Hoosier Homemade. Hoosier's grilled cheese really caught my eye. Sauteed mushrooms on Jarlsberg cheese all in between two slices of garlic-parmigiana French bread. That ain't no Velveeta on Wonderbread!
I definitely wanted to do a variation on it, but at the same time, too much variation is just another sandwich. I was sticking to the Jarlsberg cheese and mushrooms but I wanted to give a salute to Jacob's sandwich as well, so I'm sticking with the marble rye.
The final sandwich turned out great. The thinly-sliced bread turned out crispp on the outside and helped the sandwich heat up quickly. The thinly sliced mushrooms didn't release much water (could be because I used cremini mushrooms). The cheese wrapped around the mushrooms perfectly. I was very happy.
Unfortunately, I had run out of pickles during the weekend and forgot to buy more, so I had to serve the sandwich with a side of carrot sticks instead. It's just not the same :-(
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Jarlsberg Cheese and Sauteed Mushrooms
- 1 + 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 4 slices marble rye
- 4 slices Jarlsberg cheese
- Heat one tsp oil on medium-low and saute garlic for one minute. Add mushrooms and saute until mushrooms are soft and slightly browned.
- Assemble the sandwich using bread, cheese, mushroom mixture, cheese and bread.
- In a larger pan, heat remaining two teaspoons of olive oil and fry sandwiches for 2-3 minutes on each side until lightly browned.
Makes two sandwiches.
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What a fun post about grilled cheese. That's a favorite at our house too.ReplyDelete
I love this kind of cheese! What an awesome "grown up" grilled cheese!ReplyDelete
Love your more adult version of a childhood favorite.ReplyDelete
I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.
Cook Lisa Cook
I love Jarlsburg. I made a grilled cheese with jam. Gotta try it with mushrooms now!ReplyDelete
That looks like one amazing sandwich!ReplyDelete
Jarlsberg makes the best grilled cheese! It looks delicious!ReplyDelete
What a great post!! That does look like a wonderful sandwich!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your kind words on my blog! Ya know, you could always cut that recipe in half in you want to try the brownies :) Plus, leftover brownies are NEVER difficult to give away
Yum! I love a good grilled cheese and this one looks fabulous!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful sandwich! I'd like it just fine even without the side of pickles :) Great selection for the SRC~ReplyDelete
Dan this look yumm! I love grilled cheese is one of my favorites!! gloriaReplyDelete
Jarlsberg and mushrooms are my favorite toppings on a burger, but I have no idea why I hadn't thought to turn it into a grilled cheese! It sounds great.ReplyDelete
We love Liz's Jarlsberg grilled cheese creation, which she made as part of the "Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month--Jarlsberg Style" event on Kitchen PLAY. Check out the other five combinations, too.ReplyDelete
They all bring the humble grilled cheese sandwich to new heights!
on behalf of Jarlsberg USA
Any form of grilled cheese sandwich is a winner in my book. Your marble rye sandwich looks yummy!ReplyDelete
Perfect breakfast !ReplyDelete
I love a good grilled cheese and yours looks delicious! I'm going to give it a try using reduced-fat Jarlsberg cheese...ReplyDelete
Oh how much I love grilled cheese with mushrooms..ReplyDelete
So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. This looks amazing :)
Grilled cheese is yummy anyway anyhow!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a fantastic combo. I love rye bread but I've never used it on a grilled cheese. Bet it's great with the Jarlsberg!ReplyDelete
Glad to be part of SRC with you!
Amy @ A Little Nosh