The grilled cheese is one of America's great comfort foods, but rather than debate how to make the perfect classic version, we're mixing it up in honor of Grilled Cheese Month. This sweet, savory, and unexpected honey-basil grilled cheese combines slightly sweet wheat bread, a drizzle of honey, fresh herbs, and sliced tomato with a one-two cheese punch of fontina and mozzarella. Watch and learn how to make this serious contender for your new favorite cheesy sandwich.
For your next get-together, throw together something that's fresh, easy, and fun: melon, mozzarella, and jamón skewers. With cantaloupe and Spanish jamón Serrano, this sweet-savory combination on a stick will please even the toughest of crowds. The best part? It comes together in mere minutes. Watch our video for more details.
I've always chalked up my rare party planning to the fact that I get stressed easily trying to please a large group of people all at once. But since I've discovered an increasing number of easy killer apps, I've begun to second-guess myself.
Case in point: this smoked mozzarella spread. It's meatless, mind-bogglingly easy, doesn't require cooking, and only calls for four ingredients. And with its smoked and sun-dried elements, this dip and spread appeals to both the brainy as well as the brawny.
With an appetizer like this one, I've got no excuse to, say, not throw a Super Bowl shindig. Get your easy app on when you read more.
What's better than a plain grilled cheese sandwich? A grilled cheese sandwich with three kinds of cheese and caramelized pears and onions! This amazing recipe is another one from the book I'm currently obsessed with, Grilled Cheese Please! The thing that makes this sandwich so special is the butter: it's mixed with blue cheese before being slathered on the outside of the bread.
I've made it twice; once in a panini and another time on the stove, and I found that it works better in a sauté pan. When it cooked in the panini, everything oozed out the sides. Whatever way you cook it, this sandwich is absolutely delicious and I highly recommend you try it — it's perfect for meatless Mondays! Check out the recipe after the break.
If you think you won't enjoy the cookbook Grilled Cheese Please!, one of our must haves for March, this recipe will change your mind. It's author and cheese expert Laura Werlin's grilled cheese with crispy prosciutto and broccoli rabe.
It's one of the best sandwiches I've ever made: it's gooey, crunchy, cheesy, and just plain delicious! Although the ingredients are simple, this sandwich oozes sophistication. I served it at a party paired with red pepper soup, and it was a sensation.
The key to a perfect sandwich is to follow Werlin's technique exactly. She recommends cooking it low and slow to achieve a beautiful crispness on the outside and delightful meltedness on the inside. Ready to check it out? Keep reading.
Hoping to still make it a Meatless Monday over the holidays? For some inspiration, check out what OnSugar blog Cooking in Pajamas is making: zucchini and olive pizza.
Yum! Homemade pizza! If you are starting with ready-made dough (and why wouldn't you?), it is quicker, healthier, cheaper and tastier to make your own. It is . . . really! Even if your favorite pizza is a standard variety tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, a homemade version really is delicious. Plus, you don't have to go out to get it.
For her recipe — which would taste equally great with seasonal vegetables like eggplant — keep on reading.
I think it's safe to say that everyone knows a quintessential meat and potatoes guy. You know, the guy who only enjoys lettuce when it's paired with bacon and blue cheese dressing. The guy who consumes burgers and fries, but turns up his nose at eggplant and whole grains. In my life, this guy is my dad, and slowly but surely, with recipes like the one seen here, I'm trying to get him to eat more healthy foods.
It's a salad of mixed greens — an ingredient my father lovingly refers to as "weeds" — that's topped with grilled steak, marinated fresh mozzarella balls, and a quick chimichurri sauce. Since he loves steak, cheese, and chimichurri, it's a compromise. He gets to enjoy those components as long as he eats his greens! You'd be surprised at how well this technique works. To try it with your "that guy," get the recipe now.
Sometimes the most satisfying meals are the most simple. Look at the grilled cheese. The ingredients — toasted bread, sliced cheese, a pat of butter — are humble, but the completed sandwich is a classic culinary masterpiece.
With impromptu holiday parties and last-minute gift-shopping, treat yourself to an elegant, uncomplicated, and oozing cheese sandwich. Instead of crisping the sandwich on the stove, this effortless recipe lets the oven do the work.
Serve with roasted tomatoes and a glass of bubbly to salute the season. The recipe: after the break.
When the weather outside is frightful, but the fire inside is delightful, there's nothing I crave more than a bowl of steaming hot soup. Tomato soup is the ultimate comfort soup and this rendition is super creamy, but not loaded with fattening ingredients.
In fact, there's no cream, milk, or half-and-half in this recipe; the rich, smooth texture comes from the addition of silken tofu. Sound intriguingly scrumptious? Wait until you read the recipe, after the break.
I'll pan-fry some pork chops, then deglaze the pan with a combination of cranberries and port wine, for a sauce that's both sweet and tart.
The result? A mouthwatering meal that's full of flavor, not fat. Want to see the recipe? Then read more.