Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rainy Day Comforts - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I'm not kidding, the second the weather turns bad, I turn to warm comfort foods and Christmas carols. I feel like such a kid right now. ;-) I was banging away on the piano this morning and attempting to belt out Christmas carols with my hoarse, bronchitis-infected vocal chords. Sounds like I've been smoking all my life... My brother tells me he can't take me seriously because I sound so ridiculous. Not quite sure what that means but.... :-)
I'm doing a repeat today of yesterday's lunch -- a grilled sharp cheddar and turkey sandwich on sourdough. I turn to my cheese sandwiches when it rains. To give it a grown-up element, I'm trying to add other things besides just cheese these days. One of my favorite hot sandwiches lately is an open-faced mozarella, turkey, pesto, and tomato with provolone melted on top under the broiler. It is fantastic on Pugliese. (If you are going to use the broiler to heat your sandwich, toast the bread first; otherwise, it can end up a bit cold and soggy in the middle.) Another excellent choice is a grilled bacon, tomato and Dubliner.
What are your favorite hot sandwiches for a rainy day??


Christina said...

Yummy! I like grilled peanut butter sandwiches on homemade bread, and open-faced sandwiches with soup.

healthily sanguine said...

That's such a coincidence, because the other night I made a hot grilled tomato & cheese sandwich to go with my leftover pumpkin soup. It was soooo coooold (and still is) here! I love toast and bagels and oatmeal on cold, rainy days, but the most important thing is to have hot soup with your meal. :)

bakerstreetrider said...

Flautas: Take leftover meat (preferably chicken or steak), and wrap it with shredded cheddar or monterey-jack cheese in a tortilla. Heat a skillet up, with just enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the skillet. When the oil is warm, add the wrap. Flip once when the bottom is brown, and cook until each side is brown. Remove from heat, cover with salsa and sour cream (and homemade guac, if available,) and dig in!

But, for a quicker lunch, I like a basic grilled mozzarella or cheddar with sliced tomatoes on wheat bread. At restaurants, I enjoy a good "Rachel," also called a Southern Reuben, which is grilled turkey, swiss, and cole slaw.