Friday, April 1, 2011

This Ain't Yo' Momma's Grilled Cheese: Chicken Pesto Smoked Bacon Delight

Like my title? It IS a delight. I am so happy with our first grilled cheese recipe in celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month that I am posting twice in one day! When I handed Colby his sandwich, he said (and I quote), "This is a friggin' great sandwich." So, there you have it, straight from the horses mouth.


Cabot Creamery Smoked Bacon Cheddar

REAL Butter
Shredded Chicken
A really yummy artisan bread

You really have to have a great bread as the base for a great grilled cheese. My local grocer carries La Brea bread, which is delicious. This time around I chose their roasted garlic loaf... and it went perfectly with this sandwich.

What are the other tricks for a great grilled cheese? A cast iron skillet is a must for a perfectly browned, perfectly melted grilled cheese. You have to cook on as not to burn the bread yet still melt the cheese. You also have to use real butter... the fake butter substances just won't do here.

Also, make sure you grate the cheese or slice it very thin so that it will melt well.

Simply butter one side of the bread and add a bit of pesto to the other side, place it butter side down on the pan. Add some shredded chicken, your cheese and then another pesto and buttered slice of bread. I like to cover the pan so keep the heat in and melt the cheese. Flip when it's browned to your taste... brown the second side... and voila!

Really, it's delish! Happy National Grilled Cheese Month and thanks to Cabot Creamery for the cheese!

Feel free to share any grilled cheese recipes you may have, I need a lot of inspiration this month.

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm! I love putting bacon and tomatoes in my grilled cheese. I haven't tried that cheese, but you have me hooked on Cabot now!