Let me now present to you... my Arthur Ave Grilled Cheese. I went down Arthur (which is the Little Italy of the Bronx, if you didn't know already) and got some super fresh ingredients for this combo of mozzarella, prosciutto, and basil. I guess it's cheating a little on actual grilled cheese because it has meat in it, but trust me... it's delicious.
What you'll need:
How to make it:
Wait, did I just say that? Nahhh.
Oh boy, am I in trouble. Look at those layers!
Okay, listen, guys. I really don't want to toot my own horn here, but this was a freaking amazing sandwich. I couldn't have imagined it any better!
The mozzarella is creamy and melts in the sandwich, and the prosciutto gives a hint of smokiness. The second time I made it, I ripped the basil into smaller pieces so that it was easier to eat, but the flavor is very light and fresh. On top of it all, the bread is crusty, and you get a little bit of the olive oil in there, too. Layers of flavor = delicious.
The fresh ingredients really set this grilled cheese over the top, so if you're going to make it, try as best as you can to go for the good stuff! We don't get to splurge often as undergrad gourmets, so treat yourself. The good thing is that the mozzarella lasts for a long time (and I have another recipe with mozzarella coming soon!) so your dollar goes far. As for the prosciutto... once you taste it, you'll see that it was worth every penny.
And, if you don't have a small grill/press, it's really easy to make it on the stove. Just use a non-stick pan, lay the sandwich open on the pan, and put a small pot cover on it. This will trap the heat and melt the cheese. Then, put the two sides together and put the cover back on in order to press the sandwich down a little. Be sure to flip carefully!
All in all, thank you, Sarah, for giving me this food challenge! You gave me the inspiration to actually make my own sandwich for once... and I'm happy that it was successful!
Have you ever made a sandwich experiment? Or, alternatively, what's your favorite grilled cheese sandwich?