Adult XXX Grilled Cheese

I’m often asked what my favorite dish is. I usually can’t come up with less than three answers. 1. Usually something seasonal 2. Something I recently tried and make once a week 3. Grilled Cheese

Let me tell you something… this is not lame. Cheese…awesome, whole wheat bread…awesome, anything spicy…super awesome. Grilled Cheese being making the top three is not something that has been long-standing on my list. It happened as a combination of a using my (at the time ‘new’) cast iron skillet, having nothing in the fridge, and not wanting to leave the house.  Just another episode of using random items in the fridge to make the BEST MEAL EVER (on accident). 

Confession: The is my GC (grilled cheese) confession…it’s terrible. In fact I bet many of you will scowl. I don’t use fancy cheese for my GC. I’m sure most people would assume the first rule of making a fancy GC would be buying exotic cheese… well news flash… I’m a cheap-ass. Baby girl here tries to keep things as economically savvy as I can. ‘Cakes’ doesn’t have a very exotic palette so buying a $10-15 block of cheese is risky if neither of us like it…b/c then it will get tossed. But let’s be real, there really isn’t anything I don’t like. I’m just cheap. 

OK this really isn’t dirty XXX grilled cheese. That’s just me being witty. First step in your mature cheese sammich is the XXX. You need at least three ingredients…besides cheese and bread. Get creative, have fun, and clean out that fridge. And no, tomato soup doesn’t count as an X…it’s a Y. A given in the equation, you can’t have a grilled cheese without the soup!

Let me give you the run down of my conglomeration this evening.

Honey Oat Whole Wheat
Pepper Jack Shredded Cheese
Cheddar Shredded Cheese
Mozzerella Shredded Cheese
Deli Turkey (or ham)
Thinly Sliced Tomato
Thinly Sliced Mushrooms
Thinly Sliced Jalepenos
Thinly Sliced Yellow Onion
Fire up your cast iron, butter your bread, assemble your ingredients, and throw it on! The least difficult meal…most disastorious kitchen as a result! 
Like I said, have fun with it… use what you have, or use things you think sound crazy. It will work. Or don’t be me…use expensive cheese! Make sure you use at least XXX three ingredients!
Here are a couple more ideas if you’re looking for some inspiration!
1. Tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, caramelized onions
2. Shredded Chicken, BBQ, jalapenos
3. Red pepper, green pepper, red onion, spinach
4. Pulled pork, djion mustard, onion, banana peppers

*Secret Ingredient* I love hot sauce, spicy sauce, sriracha…anything. I can’t even count the number of bottles and varieties I have in my kitchen. I recently ran out of the hottest number I always keep around. They don’t sell it at very many stores, and the ones that do have it…don’t always have it in stock. It’s called El Yucateco. Little bottle…come in red or green. Although not dramatic and served in most Mexican restaurants around here on the table…El Cholua is good…but they’ve recently started caring different varieties of it in the store down the street. Although the “Garlic Chili” had my attention… I caved for the Chili Lime. WIN!! It was a great choice. Best $2.35 I spent all day! 🙂 

I love dippin my sandwich in it! Do this!

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