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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grilled Cheese Panzanella


Creating all of these grilled cheese sandwiches has taken a lot of preparation. It is not uncommon for me to stand in the bread or cheese aisle of a grocery store. Yes, I'm that person you hate, standing in the aisle, staring at the food, for what seems to be no reason. Grilled Cheese month is that reason.

Dave came up with the overall concept for this one -- during a brainstorming session, he decided that he really wanted to make something involving tiny grilled cheese. I couldn't commit to standing over a skillet trying to flip these, so we made them baked. Overall the whole thing is a play on a caprese panzanella salad.

A Vegetarian & Cooking! original.

Ingredients
-1 baguette, we used sourdough
-Bruschetta Jack Cheese
-Radish greens
-Balsamic vinegar
-Salt and pepper
-1 small container cherry tomatoes
-Olive oil
-Fresh mozzarella

  

Gather the ingredients.

Coat the cherry tomatoes in olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
Roast at 400 for 20 minutes or until they start to burst. 
Finished tomatoes.

Saute the radish greens in a skillet with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
Saute until wilted.
To build the sandwiches: sandwich a slice of bruschetta jack cheese between two slices of baguette.
                                 
Brush each side with olive oil and bake at 350 for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  
Plate the ingredients however you'd like. Everything can be tossed together or separated out.
You'll plate the tiny grilled cheese, radish greens, roasted tomatoes and cubed fresh mozzarella.






Dave and I both really liked this dish. It was nice to do something other than a full sized grilled cheese sandwich. The best way to eat this is with a little bit of each ingredient in every bite. All of the components can stand alone or can be combined with anything else on the plate. The bruschetta jack cheese was good, it was full of flavor which was why we didn't add additional seasoning. Most of the steps can be combined, overall this didn't take long to make, although it looks like quite a few steps. This is something I would make again. 

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