I might have gone to school to appreciate fine foods and wine as a hotel and restaurant major, but my favorite food will always be a childhood classic: GRILLED CHEESE.
I love grilled cheese. If I could, I would eat it every single day. I've never really ventured outside of the classic Kraft American (or cheddar!) singles on white or wheat bread, slathered to perfection in butter and grilled to a crisp. But a couple weeks ago at a friend's birthday dinner at Fireworks Pizza in Arlington, my grilled cheese world as I know it was turned upside down--because yes, I'm that person who got grilled cheese at a pizza place. Sue me--It was a grilled three-cheese on ciabatta perfection, with a side of tomato jelly and homemade potato chips. I asked the server to leave off the tomato jelly because it sounded gross, but he told me that he was going to bring it out anyway because I had to at least try it. Sure glad I did, because it was the perfect accompaniment to dip the trio of cheddar, gouda, and goat cheese in. YUM.
Several days ago, I was doing some internet surfing and came across this link to 40 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Warning: do not click on this if you are hungry or on a diet!) and I knew right away what Ian and I were having for dinner.
I didn't go off of any of the ideas on that website, but wanted to try and sort-of recreate the grilled cheese heaven that I had experienced a few weeks ago. So I went to Trader Joe's and bought some sourdough bread, gouda cheese, and brie, along with their tomato bruschetta spread.