Loaded Potato Grilled Cheese

I have a lot of ambitions in life. Some are noble, some are completely selfish and some fall smack dab in the middle. One of the biggest ones, I’m going to put in the middle category. TO MAKE THE BEST GRILLED CHEESES ON THE EAST COAST. I am going to push it toward noble just because I love feeding people and making them happy. That drives the motivation for everything I cook.

In this blog you’ll see a lot of just that. Jenna’s Test Kitchen for Grilled Cheese Excellence. Here is something that came out of JTKFGCE today.

Loaded Potato Grilled Cheese
2 slices Texas toast bread
2 ½ slices of thickly sliced sharp cheddar cheese
3 slices thick-cut applewood smoked-bacon, cooked and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 ½ tbsp chives, chopped
½ cup garlic mashed potatoes, prepared
3 tbsp butter
salt & freshly ground pepper

Straight up, just try to cover every little spot on your bread with cheddar. Next, spread your potatoes on one slice. Salt and pepper if you’d like. Add the bacon and chives, then close up that bad boy. Butter both sides of the bread liberally.

Preheat your skillet. I prefer to use cast iron. Once you put your sandwich in, press it. (If you don’t have a press, you can use something like: another pan, a big can of somethin’ covered in foil…anything heavy and sanitary… that’s the key.) Don’t press it so hard that your taters squirt out the sides, but enough that the bread begins to compress. Use medium-low heat and keep an eye on it. Flip it. Check it. You know what a good grilled cheese looks like.

Once it’s done, put it on a plate and let it set for a couple of minutes before cutting and scarfing.

Fontina has an Ohio heart and Philly spunk. She loves giving you recipes for hearty food, pop-culture puns and a hell of a lot of craft beer. You can find her in the kitchen, at the bar, on Twitter or marathoning episodes of Shin Chan or Bob's Burgers online.

'Loaded Potato Grilled Cheese' have 6 comments

  1. September 23, 2012 @ 11:46 pm Michelle

    omg. that sounds delicious Jenna.


  2. September 25, 2012 @ 1:08 am kg

    Sounds delicious!! Will definitely have to make when I have some extra smashed potatoes around. Yum!!


  3. September 27, 2012 @ 4:10 pm Dan

    the best looking grilled cheese ever!!


    • September 27, 2012 @ 11:03 pm callingalameda

      Thanks, Dan! Up next is a Brown Sugar Glazed Ham & Pineapple Grilled Cheese!


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