I have to have background noise. I work out of my apartment and let me tell you, it is silent. So my noisey office friends become the TV or my pandora stations.
90% of the time, that background noise is the Food Network. Today it is the Glee soundtrack- yeah, I admit it… I love their versions of songs. Last week, I was plunking away on the computer working, and Giada was my background noise. I heard her talk about this sweet grilled cheese, so I turned my chair, and took a 5 minute break- to watch her make this delicious looking panini. I had to try it.
She used raspberries… I dared to be different, I manipulated the recipe and made my own strawberry jam- yeah, I went there.
I made this sandwich twice… first, to try it and make sure it was actually worth while- especially my jam. It was delicious. So I made it again, only to photograph… except, I ate another half of a sandwich- ugh, self control.
Giada added brown sugar on the top of the sandwich, I was a bit apprehensive… but I tried it- and BRAVO! to Giada for that combo! The brown sugar caramelized and tasted like a s’more, seriously…. highly recommend the brown sugar topping.
Strawberry Jam, Mozzarella, and Aruguala Grilled Cheese:
Adapted from Giada at Home
- Whole wheat bread- sliced
- Fresh mozzarella ball, drained and patted dry (I used two thin slices per grilled cheese)
- 2 tbsp Strawberry Jam (or any jam of preference)
- ¼ cup Arugula
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
(I spelled Mozzarella wrong… what a dodo bird)- My apologizes.
- Preheat either your panini press, George Forman, or a frying pan (on medium/low heat). I used my George Forman grill- GT believed in her microwave, George Forman grill, and her toaster oven- I second her beliefs.
- Using a pastry brush (or the back of a spoon) brush the bread on both sides with a light coat of olive oil.
- Spread 1 side of the bread slice with the strawberry jam (or jam of preference).
- Place 2 slices of mozzarella on top of the bread slice with jam. Spread another layer of jam and top with arugula.
- Place the remaining slice of bread on top.
- Sprinkle the top of the bread with brown sugar- the olive oil will help the brown sugar stick.
- Place in the George Forman (or other heat source) for around 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden and crispy.
- Cut the sandwich in half, and serve warm.