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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Cheese Plate


It's National Grilled Cheese Month again! I know that my grilled cheese obsession probably seems crazy to most of you, but gourmet grilled cheeses are huge right now. There are several restaurants that specialize in these specific sandwiches, including Melt which is a local to Ohio.




This year there will be thirty grilled cheeses again, but all thirty will be Vegetarian & Cooking! originals. That's right. My crazy foodie brain came up with thirty grilled cheese recipes...Dave helped a little too. Because these are recipes that I came up with and because there's no right or wrong way to make a grilled cheese, I won't be including ingredient amounts, you can use as much or as little of the cheese and toppings for any sandwich as you would like. It's also totally up to you how you like to cook your grilled cheese, you can use butter, oil, a combination of both or cooking spray.

Today's recipe is The Cheese Plate, inspired by port wine cheese...which isn't really cheese, but more of a cheese product.

Ingredients: 
-French bread
-Port wine cheese
-Red grapes
-Olive oil
-Salt and pepper
-Honey

To create the roasted red grapes, add the desired amount of grapes to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil (you don't need too much, just enough to coat the grapes) and mix until all of the grapes are coated. Season with salt and pepper and roast at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly shriveled. 



In order to create the grilled cheese, slather the port wine cheese on the inside of both slices of bread and add the roasted grapes to the center of the sandwich. 




In order to help the cheese get nice and melty, you can cover the skillet with a lid. Make sure to flip to get both sides nice and crispy. 


Serve with a drizzle of honey. 



Alecia: This is one of my favorites, the port wine cheese was sharp with a nice bite to it. The roasted grapes added a fresh element to the dish and nice texture. The cheese melted beautifully and the colors were amazing.

Dave The color was pretty crazy, when I was younger I wouldn't eat the port wine cheese because of the color. However, I liked this grilled cheese, it was reminiscent of a cheese platter. 

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