Monday, October 18, 2010

Trick or Treat! Say Cheese!!

Don't have a Halloween Meltdown...have a Halloween "Melt"!!!!

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Today's gift:
Haunted house luminaries

What do you give those little monsters before Trick or Treat? You know they want candy so badly they're salivating, but you want them to eat a meal. How about grilled cheese? But not just any grilled cheese. A mini-gourmet sandwich that looks fun to eat and takes incredible.

I purchased some Halloween cookie cutters at Williams Sonoma and thought what fun it would be to make grilled cheese sandwiches that looked like pumpkins or skeletons. However, when I was cutting the bread with the cookie cutters, I wasn't so sure I had a good idea, after all. The inside of the cookie had a press, and when I pressed on the bread, I didn't really see the pumpkin face impression or the skeleton's eyes. They looked too plain, and it wasn't like I was going to decorate with orange sprinkles to doll them up the way I would a cookie. But I decided, what the heck? I was already this far with my experiment, so I proceeded.

Well, when I grilled the bread, the impression came to life, as it were. Not super scary, but good enough. This is a fun meal for the kids to prepare. Something to take their minds off hitting the streets and marauding around the neighborhood.

What made these grilled cheese really tasty was the cream cheese added to the other three cheeses. That's right, four cheeses in this recipe. The cream cheese melts beautifully and has a slight tartness that enhances the flavor of the other cheeses.



(per sandwich)

2 slices bread

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons Monterey Jack cheese, sliced

2 tablespoons Gruyere cheese, shredded

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons cream cheese

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon parsley flakes


Heat a saute pan or griddle. Butter one side of each piece of bread. Lay one piece, butter side down, on the hot pan. Top with Monterey Jack slices. Cook three to four minutes until golden brown.

Meanwhile, on the other piece of bread, spread cream cheese. Sprinkle with herbs. Place that slice of bread on the hot pan, butter side down. Top with shredded cheeses.

Take Monterey Jack half of sandwich and place cheese side down on the shredded cheeses half. Cook three to four minutes until golden brown.

Turn off heat and cover the sandwich. Let it stand on the heat for another three to four minutes to insure that the cheese melts.

Remove with a spatula and serve.

By the way, this makes an elegant "adult" grilled cheese as well.


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  1. Sounds really good and the sandwiches turned out cute.

  2. Thanks, Lisa. Aren't you up early!

  3. mmm...this sounds really good... I can't wait to try this recipe..the cream cheese with the other 3 cheeses sound really good...Thanks for the recipe! :)

  4. As you can imagine, we eat a lot of grilled cheese around here. :) But--none with cream cheese! I think my kids will love this...thanks! Wish I qualified to win the luminaries--so cute!

  5. Happy Halloween!

    Scary bread... love it!

  6. Those sandwiches turned out really cute. I don't have kids but I think my husband would even appreciate a halloween themed grilled cheese sandwich!!

  7. Grilled cheese that gives you chills! Love it! Those haunted house luminaries are a great prize, too. Good luck to everyone leaving comments!

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  8. You are SO good. I was totally, totally guilty of the boxed Mac & Cheese -- with cut up raw veggies on the side -- before the T&T commenced.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  9. Thanks to all for your comments so far. Love the term "Scary Bread." May tweet that today. :)


  10. There's nothing better than a good grilled cheese with some bread and butter pickles on the side. Yum!

  11. I just felt an artery clog with joy just from reading the recipe. Seriously. Will definitely have to try that one -- thanks!

  12. Such a great idea! The kids will love these!!