Sunday, July 10, 2011

One of Life's Simple, Cheesy Pleasures

Grilled Cheese Sandwich - it's the perfect comfort food. It's subtle, buttery flavor brings you back to those childhood times of your mom making you lunch. It was an added bonus to get the tomato soup with it. That is one of my favorite meals of all time and I still eat it for lunch (or dinner) to this day. I do tend to jazz it up a bit these days when I'm in the mood though. Today was one of those days.

Grilled cheese sandwiches can be made with pretty much anything to make it your own or to add a bit of flair. I prefer to call these creations 'Grown-Up Grilled Cheese' because not many kids would eat them any other way but the classic. I've been known to make them with tomato and spinach with a touch of balsamic vinegar, loaded up with veggies, or with just a hint of another flavor like I did today. The added ingredient: apricot butter. I know you're probably thinking that sounds a little weird, but it adds a bit of sweetness that makes it a definite treat. And it's just so simple to put together! I'm always on the hunt for new and unusual food combinations that taste good and I'm happy to have found another one.

Apricot-Laced Grilled Cheese

2 slices wheat bread
1 slice american cheese
1 slice mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp apricot butter

1. Spread a thin layer of apricot butter on one slice of bread.
2. Layer on the cheeses and top with the other slice.
3. Cook in a pan sprayed with non-stick spray until cheese is melted and bread is toasty and golden.

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