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Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Rustic Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cheddar, Avocado & Spinach Paninis

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese is simple to prepare and absolutely irresistible. If you don’t already own an inexpensive cast iron skillet, the time is now to get one!

1 grilled cheese

2 pieces your favorite bread (We LOVE sourdough)
4 ounces your favorite cheese (sliced no thicker than 1/4 inch) Asiago, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, etc.
mayonnaise
salted butter, a few pats

Heat your cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Melt a big pat of butter while its heating up. Swirl the butter in the pan to coat it evenly. Use an oven mitt so you don’t burn your hand on the skillet handle. Have a heavy plate, lid or a fry pan ready so you can place it over your grilled cheese as it cooks.
Coat each piece of bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise. Top each slice with cheese & then make a sandwich. Place the sandwich in the hot pan. Let the first side cook until golden brown. Flip & do the same to the other side.
Add more butter to the pan & swirl it around. Flip sandwich again. Now you need to watch things carefully, it’s easy to burn your sandwich. Place the lid or another pan over the top of your sandwich & watch the cheese start to melt. Flip a number of times, covering & watching the bread carefully, adding more butter as grilled cheese absorbs it.
Remove from pan when the bread is crispy & browned and the cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Rustic Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cheddar, Avocado & Spinach Paninis

I’ve combined a few of my favorite ingredients in these paninis. Cheddar cheese, avocado & baby spinach. After all, we do need some veggies with all that cheese & butter, right?!

1 Panini

2 slices of your favorite bread
2 thick slices of cheddar cheese
sliced avocado
baby spinach leaves
mayonnaise
plenty of softened butter

Pre heat a panini press to medium high (about 375 degrees F) Lay the bread on a work surface. On each slice slather on some mayo on one side of each piece. On one side lay on the cheese & avocado, on the other place a few spinach leaves. Carefully put the sandwich together. Slather butter on both sides of the sandwich. Grill for 5-6 minutes, or until you have beautiful grill marks & the cheese is melted.
If you do not have a panini press you can also cook this perfectly in a heavy bottomed skillet. Pre heat the skillet over medium high heat. Place some butter in the pan. Cook the sandwich for 3 minutes until golden brown. Carefully flip it & cook another few minutes. Watch the heat carefully so it doesn’t burn.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cheddar, Avocado & Spinach Paninis

I’ve combined a few of my favorite ingredients in these paninis. Cheddar cheese, avocado & baby spinach. After all, we do need some veggies with all that cheese & butter, right?!

1 Panini

2 slices of your favorite bread
2 thick slices of cheddar cheese
sliced avocado
baby spinach leaves
mayonnaise
plenty of softened butter

Pre heat a panini press to medium high (about 375 degrees F) Lay the bread on a work surface. On each slice slather on some mayo on one side of each piece. On one side lay on the cheese & avocado, on the other place a few spinach leaves. Carefully put the sandwich together. Slather butter on both sides of the sandwich. Grill for 5-6 minutes, or until you have beautiful grill marks & the cheese is melted.
If you do not have a panini press you can also cook this perfectly in a heavy bottomed skillet. Pre heat the skillet over medium high heat. Place some butter in the pan. Cook the sandwich for 3 minutes until golden brown. Carefully flip it & cook another few minutes. Watch the heat carefully so it doesn’t burn.

~ Marla Meridith