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Bacon, Heirloom Tomato, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

While at the grocery store, I zeroed in on an heirloom tomato display.  I knew I wanted to purchase one, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to make.  I thought about my favorite ingredients – bread, cheese, tomatoes – and decided to make my version of a BLT…minus the “L”.  Grabbing a loaf of artisan piccolo bread, 2 different cheeses, and bacon, I headed home to cook.  I sliced the bread into hearty slices and drizzled with olive oil.  I pan seared them and then added some fig balsamic.  Next step- cheese!  I shredded the main cheese called Ruth Kase Grand Cru (which is a cow’s milk cheese made in Wisconsin and melts wonderfully).  On top, I shredded some pecorino with truffle to add a little flavor twist.  Both cheeses topped the bread, followed by the heirloom tomato slices and bacon.  I added a little cheese in between the layers to help “glue” the sandwich together and cooked in the pan until fully heated through.  That little tomato inspired a delicious sandwich!

Ingredients:

  • Heirloom tomato
  • artisan bread
  • variety of cheeses (pick your favorites!)
  • bacon
  • olive oil
  • fig balsamic

ingredients

Gathering the ingredients

sliced bread

Hearty slices

fig balsamic

Adding the fig balsamic

cheese

Layer of cheeses

tomatoes on top

Heirloom tomato slices

bacon

Bacon!

cooking up

Grilling it up – it may look burnt, but it’s just the fig balsamic

ready to slice

Ready to slice

ready to eat

Time to dine!

Grilled Cheese with an Italian Twist

I had a craving for grilled cheese today, but wanted to put a twist on the classic.  So I pulled out the provolone and mozzarella and set to work.

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My ingredients

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The trick= lots of butter on the bread!

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First layer = provolone

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Add the shredded mozzarella next

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My secret weapon= Spicy Italian Herb Seasoning (YUM!)

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Top with another slice of provolone

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And the bread topper….

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Grill to a toasty brown

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Serve with your favorite tomato sauce and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • bread of choice (I used Dave’s Killer Bread multi-grain)
  • butter
  • sliced provolone
  • shredded mozzarella
  • Favorite seasoning
  • Favorite tomato sauce (I chose Newman’s Own Marinara)