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Turkey Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese

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Oh snap!  Bring on the Christmas carols!

Who am I kidding?  The Christmas carols have been playing since August.  Side note - Can we stop that?  Just stop.

OK, we've also got a leftover turkey situation to take care of.  You know you also have a leftover cranberry sauce situation as well.  And cheese.  You probably have cheese.  If you don't...please know that you should always have cheese.  Not even a question.

Let's relive our Thanksgiving dreams in the form of a grilled cheese.  I chose to use a croissant for my grilled cheese, but you can choose to use two slices of your favorite bread slathered in butter if you wish.  In truth, I prefer to use croissants for my grilled cheese because (1) I love love love croissants, but mostly because (2) croissants are buttery and I don't have to slather butter on them.  Basically I'm lazy.

Gather your Thanksgiving leftovers and join me in my new annual Thanksgiving tradition.  Tip - If you have leftover stuffing, I would definitely sneak that in here as well.
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Bacon, Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

Bacon, Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

 

If I make this sandwich, winter will be over, right?  I'm pretty certain that is the case.  How could I be all up in winter's cold cold grasp while I chow down on summer staples?

Bacon. Basil. Mozzarella. Grilled cheese.  None of these things are new to me.  They're my jam.  However I've only had each of them separately.  (Yes, I sometimes eat basil by itself because I munch on ingredients when I cook.  No big thang.)  What I have never done, though, is put them all together.  I just want you to know that this combination is mind-blowing.  Trust.

While I would love to take credit for this, I didn't come up with this recipe myself.  My Secret Recipe Club assignment was Goodie Godmother, which is an absolutely amazing blog written by Mary.  She is a woman after my own heart and is completely in love with desserts.   She is seriously contemplating opening up a bakery, which I would love to do myself someday.  If I had to decide whether or not I would visit this bakery based upon her blog, that would be a huge "Heck yes".  I'm gonna need that.  K, thanks.

I really had a rough time choosing between making her Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts, Nutella Pound Cake, or Nutella Truffles (because I love Nutella like it's my job).  But fate intervened.  By fate, I mean that I was starving one day and quickly dialed up Mary's blog to find this grilled cheese staring me down.  I had all the ingredients on hand so clearly it was meant to be. I swear this lady and her recipes just get me!  I guess that means I'll just HAVE to explore the dessert recipes another day...<hint hint>

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Peanut Butter Bacon Grilled Cheese


Now I've just gone and done it.  I could NOT leave things as they were.  I added peanut butter and bacon to my grilled cheese.  Get out!

I'm going to come clean, though.  I didn't come up with this idea on my own.  Earlier this summer I was in Milwaukee for work and I ended up heading to AJ Bombers for dinner one day since everyone and their mother recommended it!

I ended up ordering the Barrie burger (delicious picture in this post) which came with bacon, cheese, and chunky peanut butter.  What??? I talked to the server and she said that this was one of their most popular burgers.  After ordering and consuming it, I had to agree.

So what's a girl to do now that I've switched jobs and have zero interest in returning to Milwaukee in the near future?  She makes her own! But since I didn't have any ground beef at home, I decided to just go with my own grilled cheese variation of this burger.

Now, while this grilled cheese was delicious, you can imagine that it wasn't as juicy as the actual AJ Bomber's Barrie burger.  This is not a problem for me, but in case that was what you're looking for, I think you need to look elsewhere.  In other news, I thought this grilled cheese was a perfect combination of smooth melted cheese, smoked bacon, and creamy, crunchy peanut butter.  I die.

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Zucchini & Feta Grilled Cheese

The first day of every week, without fail, at least one of my coworkers asks me how my weekend was.  And just about every week I have the same answer: went to the gym, visited with my sister and nephew, made some food and hung out with friends.  I mean, there are a few other details involved in my weekend, but we won't go into specifics.  Not everything is "coworker-friendly"!

However, next week, I will have the best thing ever to tell the coworks.  I made a zucchini and feta grilled cheese this weekend!  Predictably, I'm sure some people will not be impressed.  But let me tell you that I am dang proud of this.

Instead of simply grilling up my zucchini like the lazy person I actually want to be, I took things up a notch by adding the grilled zucchini to a grilled cheese.  Honestly, it wasn't that much more work.  In the end, I wound up using just one saucepan and (bonus!) I helped to clear some straggling perishable items out of the fridge.  You know how I hate throwing food away!

I pulled out all the stops for this one, friends.  I threw in onions, feta, mustard, and some shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese for some added crunchy-ness, tangy-ness, and creamy-ness.  Have mercy!

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Guacamole Grilled Cheese

Last month, I was assigned to Jenny's Cookbook for April's Secret Recipe Club.  I immediately pored over Jenny's recipes to see what new meal I could whip up this month.  Almost immediately, I ran into this Guacamole Grilled Cheese.  Pump the brakes.  Let's take a look at this again.  Avocado, melty cheese, and a croissant?  Be still my beating heart.

AND...did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month?  I didn't either, especially since I chose to make this recipe back in March.  I think I'm psychic.  (Suuuurrrrreee.)  I typically can't keep up with all the special food days, food months, and what have you.  But a whole month dedicated to grilled cheese?  I think I can do something about that.  That "something" is going to be this guacamole grilled cheese.  I can definitely make this happen.

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Apple Grilled Cheese

What do you do when you're stuck indoors in 50 degree weather and with no power?  You make quick and easy comfort meals.  And who would blame me if those meals happen to include bread, melted cheese, and apples?

Hey, I need to get my daily serving of fruit from somewhere, right?

Truth be told, I was attempting to channel Jessica's Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese which looks so so scrumptious.  However, since my internet options were severely limited and I also didn't have a source of power with which to charge my phone or tablet, I decided to just wing this recipe.  Apparently, that meant I missed an in-your-face key ingredient that may also be a part of the recipe name: caramel.  I have a jar of salted caramel just begging to be dipped into.  So yeah.  That may have been a slight fail on my part, but I think we can overlook that.  What really matters is that this sandwich made for an awesome and comforting lunch.  It was super simple to assemble and in no time I was sitting down to enjoy it.

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Asparagus Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I may have a snacking problem.  Except that I don't really think of it as a problem.  I just really can't help it that I want to eat something every few hours.  Or every hour, but who's counting?

My most recent favorite snacks include the likes of Trader Joe's Cookie Butter (I blame Joy and Tracy for this one), Starbucks' bistro boxes, Starbucks' cashew and almond packets, Fage greek yogurt with honey, and grilled cheese.  In my defense, I usually put together a few of these items to form what I like to call a "meal".  So if you think about it that way, I guess I'm not always snacking, technically.

To be honest, this is how I make it through a whole week of traveling without gaining 10 pounds a month.  It's no big secret that I've been keeping.  Mostly, my diet developed out of a desire to eat everything in sight.  Eventually, I settled on having a little bit of each thing.  Here's an example of my lunch from earlier this week: small Whole Foods salad with hard-boiled eggs and grilled chicken, a California Roll, half a grilled cheese sandwich (it was a tomato and spinach grilled cheese!), and a small bowl of soup.  I'm accustomed to getting odd looks from cashiers.  This is the pure randomness of my food life.  Just let it be.

Usually the summer doesn't put me in a grilled cheese mood.  In fact, I'm usually only in a grilled cheese mood when I go out to a diner and someone else can make it for me.  However, I've been getting cravings for it in recent weeks so I decided to throw another concoction together.  And this time I threw in some asparagus.  I can't claim all the credit, though.  I got this idea from Kevin over at Closet Cooking.  He's got a great selection of grilled cheese recipes just ripe for the taking!

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French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese

Whoever first came up with this idea was a genius.  Caramelized onions totally belong with melted cheese and toasted, crunchy bread.  That much is true.  I had heard of a French Onion Soup grilled cheese before, but it slipped my mind (I don't know how!!!) until I saw a post from Joy the Baker a few weeks ago which jogged my memory.

A quick trip to my neighborhood bodega yielded the ingredients, which I swiftly turned into caramelized balsamic onions.  Those caramelized onions were gooood.  I can eat them all by themselves.  What?  I had to taste test, ya know.

Now that the onions were ready to go, so was I.  On to assembling this sandwich goodness...

Btw...did you know that this SlimKicker giveaway is still going on?  Food for thought!

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