CEimB: Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

by Joanne on September 24, 2009

This week’s Craving Ellie recipe was the choice of from Leslie of  Lethally Delicious.  Her site is a must see.  The recipe can be found on page 95 of “The Food We Crave” by Ellie Krieger or HERE at food network.

Since we are making sandwiches, the best place to start is with the bread.  My choice was Double Protein Bread.  It’s a multi grain bread but with more protein than standard wheat breads. The calories might be a bit higher, 110 per slice, but with a sandwich, the bread needs to stand out. 


The cheese I changed to horseradish jack.  I used the sharp cheddar on Ted’s sandwich and feta on mine.  Since neither one of us can remember the last time we had a grilled cheese sandwich, we couldn’t make a very fair comparison.  We both agreed that the cheese was not the prominent taste.  There was a lot going on in the sandwich that drew the attention away from the “star”. The “star” being the cheese.  Slices of tomato, caramelized onions..not your everyday grilled cheese. 

Very simply, this is how you make this sandwich:  You sauté a chopped red onion ( a whole one will be more than enough to make four sandwiches) in 2 tsp. of oil.  Take 4 slices of your favorite bread and lay them on the clean counter. Put sliced cheddar on those countertop bread slices.  Cover the cheese with about 1 TBS of the onion. Top the onion with pepper jack cheese.  Put a large tomato slice on top and cover with another slice of bread.  Heat a pan on the stovetop over medium high – spray with non-stick spray. When hot, add the sandwich, reduce heat to medium low and put a heavy pan or other flat  heavy item on top. Cook about 5 minutes per side.


The sandwich was satisfying with the cool freshness of the tomato, the smooth melted cheese flavor and the nuttiness of the whole grain protein rich bread.  It really didn’t miss a palette pleasing beat. 

As you can see, I had some fun with a leaf cookie cutter…..


We enjoyed the sandwiches with a light bowl of shrimp and vegetable soup. 


Great pick Leslie!  *Whoops – I originally mixed up bloggers…sorry  😳

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  • At 2009.09.24 09:38, Lauryn said:

    Ha! Your leaf sandwich is adorabole!! That shrimp and veggie soup looks outstanding!!!! Great job with the grilled cheese. I really enjoyed this as well!!!

    • At 2009.09.24 10:56, sara said:

      You are too cute with you fall shaped sandwiches, I love it! I put so much cheese on mine there was no way the cheese would be outshined 🙂 Glad you guys liked this one and that shrimp soup looks delicious too.

      • At 2009.09.24 12:44, macduff said:

        I love the leaf cookie cutter!

        So I totally missed you – I’m sorry. It was an insane weekend – we were on the water the entire time, and on top of that, we were both sick as dogs. So I’m sorry – you are probably safe that you missed me though, because otherwise you’d be eating chicken noodle soup today!

        Regardless, I want to hear all about this.

        Awesome sandwiches, too!

        • At 2009.09.24 13:37, Allison said:

          Oh my goodness your sandwiches look so good and that leaf cookie cutter is adorable!! I’m new to CEiMB and I just love your blog!

          • At 2009.09.24 15:20, Joanne said:

            Thanks, Lauryn. I’m in the Fall spirit!
            Sara: I should have put more cheese in the samy instead of in my mouth.
            MacDuff: It was a busy weekend. We’ll be back in Newport and around the boats again. Maybe next time.
            Allison: Thanks! hope you come back and visit often and welcome as a CEimBer!

            • At 2009.09.24 18:49, Liz said:

              Horseradish cheddar sounds phenomenal! I’m not sure why I have never tried such a thing… I made these sandwiches a second time without the tomato and like it much better. I agree the cheese should be the star!

              • At 2009.09.25 06:24, pamela said:

                I like the leaf shaped sandwich. Very fall of you! Perfect for a grilled cheese and soup meal. :o)

                • At 2009.09.25 10:37, Alyssa said:

                  I love the idea of using a cookie cuter – especially a leaf, perfect for fall!

                  I also really enjoy your photography posts – I have much to learn and I’m an aspiring photographer. lol.

                  • At 2009.09.25 21:59, Leslie said:

                    This looks fabulous, and when you add the soup, what a fantastic meal! I’m glad you liked them, and that you mixed it up with the cheeses. Cutting them into fall leaves is so cute. Thanks for cooking along with me this week!

                    • At 2009.09.25 22:00, Leslie said:

                      P.S., I love your new design!

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