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Day Fifteen: Gluten-Free with RR Challenge — Cheese, Puh-leaze.

by caroline

It all started with a cheesy dream …

… and turned into this …

Grilled cheese might seem like a dinner for the kiddos or even remind you of a cafeteria meal where a piece of something orange and rubbery called "cheese" was slapped between two pieces of white bread.

This, my friends, is the grown up version of grilled cheese.

When it came time to choose something for Day 15 of the Gluten-Free with Rachael Ray Challenge yesterday, I have to admit I was having a hard time for two reasons: (1) Because I am still fighting off the plague, and very few food items actually sound good to me, and (2) because while I was snacking on my morning granola a few days ago, I cracked a tooth and eating has been rather uncomfortable.

Yes, it's been one of those weeks.

So, since eating on one side of your mouth can become rather tedious (don't worry, I am getting this issue taken care of tomorrow), I have been trying to opt for foods that are on the softer side of the spectrum.

While I was contemplating what to eat, I suddenly remembered a Rachael Ray special I had seen on her site not too long ago about grilled cheese. And, folks, something about the idea of grilled cheese just felt right in my bones (… err … tummy).

Dan and I opted to make the French Onion grilled cheese, but there are also other fun takes on the classic sandwich, including The BLT and Cheddar, The Spaniard, and a Croque Monsieur. Take your pick or just use the recipes to get inspired and make your own creations. That's the fun of grilled cheese — the pairing options are endless when it comes to melted cheese and toasted bread!

Here's our take on the The French Onion:

RR's Ingredients The G-Spot Used
  • Sliced country white bread or inverted halved French bread
  • Sliced gluten-free bread (Last night I used a local brand, Sinfully Gluten-Free, but my go-to store-bought brand is Rudi's Gluten-Free bread.)
  • Softened butter
  • Softened butter
  • Ripe Camembert cheese
  • Piave Vecchio cheese
  • Caramelized onions: Caramelize 1 large onion per 2 sandwiches (thinly slice onions and season with ground thyme, salt and white pepper. Deglaze with a little white wine and add beef stock – use mushroom stock for vegetarian – to flavor, 1/4 cup per onion)
  • Caramelized onions: Caramelize 1 large onion per 2 sandwiches (thinly slice onions and season with ground thyme, salt and white pepper. Deglaze with a little white wine and add beef stock – use mushroom stock for vegetarian – to flavor, 1/4 cup per onion)
  • Grated Comté or Gruyère cheese
  • Grated Barbers 1833 Vintage Cheddar and Irish Cheddar
  • Cornichons, for garnish
  • Sliced sweet pickles
  • Dijon mustard, to pass at table
  • Light mayonnaise, as desired

 

Directions:

Butter one side of the sliced bread or cut the side of 6-inch lengths of halved and inverted French bread.

Build the sandwiches with the buttered sides out; put Piave Vecchio cheese, onions and shredded cheddar cheese on top of one slice of bread, then cover with another slice. Place the sandwich in skillet over medium heat, cover with foil and grill for 7-8 minutes. Turn occasionally and press as the sandwich turns golden brown. Serve with pickles, mayonnaise or other toppings of your choice.

 

Dan makes fun of me because I like mayo on my grilled cheese, but I think it's just the right combo! Anyway, I think boys have cooties, so THERE! :P

We paired the grilled cheese with some yummy looking asparagus which helped to give it a nice veggie punch!

Note: This recipe is gluten-free. (If you have allergies or food sensitivities, always check specific manufacturer’s products for allergens and/or cross-contamination issues.)

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The grilled cheese and asparagus were delicious and not too hard to chew which was just was this gal needed! It was also my first time trying the Sinfully Gluten-Free bread, and I was glad that I decided to give it a shot. It was a nicely textured bread and I wasn't left feeling like it was missing something. It actually tasted like BREAD!

Tomorrow morning I am off to the dentist bright and early. Here's hoping they can offer me a solution that will make my mouth happier than it has been for the last few days. The tooth already has a root canal, so it doesn't hurt too much, but when a piece of it is literally just hanging on … it's kind of uncomfortable. Ya know?

I'm curious: What seemingly kid-like food do you still like to indulge in every now and then?