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Veggie Grilled Cheese Bar

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Veggie Grilled Cheese Bar

As you may know, I’m what the world considers a grilled cheese enthusiast. I’m not sure there’s another sandwich that can make me feel all the feelings of warmth, comfort and just plain ol’ fun. For this post, I teamed up with Tillamook, the farmer-owned Co-Op from Oregon, to inspire you to create your own all natural, veggie-filled, gooey, delicious sandwiches perfect for a spring party with friends. Every single party in life should have a Veggie Grilled Cheese Bar. HELLO! This is the definition of comforting fun!

Spring is finally here, which means all of my favorite farmer’s market vegetables are back in season. I always miss them in winter. Winter veggies aren’t my favorite, but spring? YASS! These grilled cheeses aren’t difficult to execute, no, not at all, but like anything simple, the amazingness is in the details. This means paying attention to each and every ingredient carefully.

Veggie Grilled Cheese Bar

We’ll start with the most important part: da cheese. Tillamook cheese is naturally aged, made with milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones and contains no artificial ingredients. This is the real deal when it comes to cheese. Tillamook has actually been making cheese for over 100 years! I vote for giving people a few options. I went with Tillamook Sharp Cheddar (a classic), Tillamook Pepper Jack (for the people who love spicy a.k.a. me), Smoked Medium Cheddar and lastly, Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar (my favorite).

Also, don’t be shy to mix and match them. My favorite combo was sharp cheddar with the smoked black pepper cheddar—it was glorious!

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French Dip Sandwiches

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My first introduction to the glory of French Dip sandwiches was after school at the fast-food chain, Arby’s, recently made re-famous by Pharrell’s hat that looked like its logo.

Remember his hat? It paved the way for unfortunate copy-cats. Don’t wear that hat, people, BUT please make this sandwich because it’s legit and tasty and this homemade version is a million times better and less scary than the drive-thru version.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich with Sir Kensington’s

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For me the day after Thanksgiving is about celebrating leftovers. While some people decide to spend the day trampling each other for a discounted flat screen, I like to hang out in my pajamas and build the most important sandwich of the year.

You’ve made a version of sandwich before. But this year I’m making it a lil’ bit more special by teaming up with my favorite condiments brand, Sir Kensington’s. Their ketchups are flavorful and fresh tasting, without being overly sweet. Their mayonnaises are rich and smooth, taste homemade and use all-natural ingredients—very good stuff!

By mixing their delish mayonnaise with a few spoonfuls of cranberry sauce, you instantly have a beautifully-hued cranberry mayonnaise. It’s sweet and decadent and perfect for dry-ass turkey.

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I also advise putting a bit of gravy on the turkey. That helps too. And you’ll need stuffing and some creamy mashed potatoes if you’re feeling crazy.

I like to use Japanese bread that I pick up from Little Tokyo. It’s perfectly square, almost like good pullman, it’s a little eggy and super soft. I luv it. Of course, brioche or even good wheat bread would also work gloriously.

There’s also a bit of microgreens dressed in olive oil and a pinch of salt for some added freshness. If you had green beans or any sort of leftover salad from the table, get creative and add those.

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And since I’m always feeling a little crazy and sad that Thanksgiving is over, I like to build the sandwich higher than I normally would make a sandwich, which means three layers are an absolute must.

I had a bit of leftover cranberry mayonnaise and used it the next day as a dipping sauce for French fries and it was AMAZING. Tart and rich might be my favorite combination ever.

You can pick up Sir Kensington’s at your local Whole Foods. And since the jars are attractive, I also think these jars would be good gifts. I mean, if someone showed up to my holiday party and gave me a jar of Sir Kensington mayonnaise as a hostess gift, I’d know that person understands me as a human.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich with Sir Kensington's

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 1 Thanksgiving sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sir Kensington's mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons cranberry sauce
  • 2 slices of good bread, such as pullman, brioche or soft wheat bread
  • Handful of micro greens
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Salt 
  • Drizzle of gravy
  • Spoonful of stuffing
  • Spoonful of mashed potatoes

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and cranberry sauce. Lightly toast the bread if you like. Next, slather three slices of bread with the cranberry mayonnaise. Set aside. 
  • To a small bowl, mix together the micro greens with the olive oil and a pinch of salt. On a small plate heat up the turkey, if you like, I kinda like it cold. Drizzle on warm gravy. 
  • To build the sandwich, add the stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes and micro greens. Build it high! Add more cranberry mayonnaise, if you like. 
Serving: 1g
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How to Make a Fancy-Ass Grilled Cheese

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I’m gonna be honest with you: there isn’t anything necessarily fancy about the ingredients in this grilled cheese (minus the brioche). This isn’t one of those grilled cheeses filled with expensive cheeses, spreads or meat like prosciutto or anything like that. This is more about the actual preparation.

Here’s why: The first time Josh and I made a grilled cheese together, I was shocked at how haphazard he was with the technique. The heat was too high, burning the bread! The cheese in the center wasn’t completely melted, and instead of butter, he used olive oil. THIS IS ALL WRONG!

Like all awesome things in life, grilled cheeses are ridiculously simple to make. And like all simple things, the details matter A LOT.

Here is a fun “how-to” on making our favorite childhood sandwich. And, as always, if you have tips on this matter that you feel passionate about, please leave them in the comments below; we’ll all benefit.

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How To Make a Tomato Sandwich

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How to Make a Tomato Sandwich: a step-by-step tutorial on making summer’s favorite sandwich. Perfectly ripe tomatoes, sliced, salted and placed in between lusicious bread smothered with mayonnaise.

A few ex-boyfriends ago, I learned an incredibly valuable less: how to properly make a tomato sandwich. I am forever grateful.

During the summers we’d drive to Virginia to his family’s lake house. It was there where I’d buy big-ass tomatoes from old men who sold them out of their pick-up trucks parked alongside the road. They were beautiful and warm from the sun (the tomatoes not the old men). There’s something about a southern tomato that’s just really special. They’re kinda magical.

How to Make a Tomato Sandwich

  1. The first step to a glorious tomato sandwich is slicing the tomatoes. I prefer them to be about 1/4-inch thick. You don’t want too thin or too thick.
  2. Place the tomatoes on a few sheets of paper towels.
  3. Sprinkle them with a bit of kosher salt. Both sides. Salting the tomatoes, allows them to sit and drain. This makes it so the tomato sandwich doesn’t end up being soggy. NO SOG ZONE.
  4. Smother two slices of white bread with good-quality mayonnaise. This means Duke’s, Hellmann’s or Best Foods.
  5. Arrange the tomatoes on the slices of bread, add the other slice of bread and slice it up!

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How To Make a Tomato Sandwich

And then you eat it.

Is this a recipe, per se? Not really. It’s about instincts and common sense lol. Of course, if you want to make it even more exciting, some crunchy lettuce would be a delicious addition.

Thick slices of crispy bacon would make it into a BLT. And if you want to take it even further, a few slices of avocado would make it unreal!

Tomato sandwiches are the perfect super-quick-have-no-time-for-anything lunch. Summer is usually not my most favorite season. Between the heatwaves, bugs, incessant sugar/water ants, I much rather have fall or winter. But tomato sandwiches make summer a delight!

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How-To Make a Tomato Sandwich Recipe

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Draining Time for Tomatoes 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 2
Calories: 125kcal
Tomato Sandwiches are a summertime staple. Thickly sliced heirloom tomatoes are salted and marinated and then sandwiched in between two pieces of bread with a few swipes of perfect mayonnaise.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 heirloom tomatoes
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon good-quality mayonnaise, (Duke's, Hellmann's, Best Foods)
  • 1 loaf white bread
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  • Slice the tomatoes and arrange them on a few bed of paper towels. Sprinkle the tomatoes with a few pinches of salt and allow to sit and drain for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, smother the slices of bread with mayonnaise. Both sides!
  • Place a few slices of tomatoes on the bread and sprinkle with a bit of black pepper. Top with another slice of bread and cut in half. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
CourseLunch, Snack
CuisineAmerican, Southern
Keywordheirloom tomatoes, how to make a tomato sandwich, tomato recipes, tomato sandwich
Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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