Reflecting on the Birth of a Comfort Food
The first bread slicer that was able to slice a full loaf of bread was invented in Davenport, IA in the 1920s by Otto Frederick Rohwedder, an inventor and jeweler by trade, and bakers across the country thought it was the best invention since…well, sliced bread. Shortly before 1920, the development of a way to process cheese in order to make it keep longer led the way for a new style of cheese, “American” cheese, which before long, was a staple in homes across the country. The ’20s were a perfect storm for the birth of the ultimate sandwich, one that would define comfort food as we know and love it: (**trumpeting sounds) The Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Aside from the obvious allure of this sandwich―the buttery crunchy outside melding with the gooey melty inside to utter perfection―the primary reason for its popularity is its versatility. Any kind of bread or cheese works and most any kind of meat or vegetable can be added to make your little sandwich a complete meal. It can be as healthy or as decadent as you want to make it. There are appliances and pans that are dedicated to the making of the grilled cheese sandwich, or you can make it on your kitchen stove or outside on the grill (your Paradise grill, naturally.). Frugal college students have even been known to make grilled cheese sandwiches with an iron (Don’t do this. Really, we recommend the grill.).
While you can (and will) want to come up with your own ideal sandwich, check out these recipes that will definitely up your grilled cheese game.
Sweet Apple, Maple Bacon, and Brie Grilled Cheese
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The bacon gives this luscious sandwich a smokey flavor while the brie adds melty, buttery goodness. The apple can be raw or cooked as it is in this recipe, but the thin slices will ensure the perfect amount of sweetness in every bite. You can use any kind of apple that you prefer but if you’re cooking them, you may want to choose a firm apple to prevent it from becoming mushy. The recipe can be found here.
Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
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This version of a grilled cheese sandwich may use 3 types of cheese, but hey, it’s got spinach so it’s good for you. The avocado makes this sandwich extra creamy and delicious. Go here for the complete recipe.
The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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This recipe is called The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich but come on, aren’t they all? This one uses 3 types of cheese and two types of meat so it’s a hearty sandwich that’s sure to fill up even the hungriest of tummies! Find the recipe here at aboutamom.com.
While some of these recipes don’t call for cooking on your Paradise gas grill, as all of us grill enthusiasts know, they will only be improved by grilling them slowly over low heat. Don’t have a Paradise grill set up yet? Call Paradise Grills Tampa at (813)874-2552 and get grilling that grilled cheese today!