Apple& Raisin Grilled Cheese

Welcome to the year 2012. A new year usually spells a new set of resolutions for many but for the food oriented, dieting takes a back seat to whatever food trends o’ twelve has in store (exercise and eating healthy are always respectable goals in anybody’s books though).  Last year’s foremost trend saw the rise of nomadic dinning or what’s otherwise known as pop-up shops.

Tacos, grilled cheese, and even cupcakes were the fuel for these shops, trading in servers, plates and well… a permanent address for inexpensive eats and mobile kitchens that were powered through word of mouth… once those mouths finished eating of course.

So what will be the top trend of 2012? No one can say with certainty until this time next year but for the love of all things tasty, don’t let it be gourmet comfort food. Case in point: gourmet grilled cheese. In the last few of months Toronto’s seen a couple new grilled cheese places: Cheesewerks and The Construction Site. Both serve a variety of cheeses, paired with a variety of bread ranging from your old fashion cheddar on sourdough to more exciting options like swiss, pastrami on rye or walnuts, currents, and cambozola on flax bread.

Everything on their menus sounds intriguing (Kimchi and Gruyere) or salivating (oyster mushrooms with Swiss and Parmesan) but less appetizing are the prices. Ranging from $5.50 to $9.50, paying over ten dollars for cheese on bread is a little tough to swallow. The key to any good grilled cheese lies in the sum of its parts and I don’t doubt that either of these places skimp on the ingredients; it’s just difficult to stomach it can cost so much for something so simple to make. So here’s the recipe to prove that a good grilled cheese is dead easy to make and easy on your bank account: Apple & Raisin Grilled Cheese.

A 500g brick of cheese on a good day costs around $5.00, a loaf of raisin bread fetches for about $3.00, a 454g stick of butter goes for about $3.00. Fuji apples vary in price based on location and what season you’re buying in so to lower costs, feel free to change the apple to whichever you prefer or what’s currently is in season. Otherwise, you can expect to spend about 60 cents/apple. There’s also a dash of cinnamon thrown in to compliment the sweetness of the fruits and the mellowness of the cheese but you can omit if you don’t have any on hand.

All together, everything comes around to 23 dollars (two bricks of cheese, two loaves of bread, one stick of butter and six Fuji apples) and yields around 14 grilled cheeses which works out $1.61 for a grilled cheese. You could always go even further and stick to the tried and true method of Kraft Singles and white bread but someone has to draw the line between price and quality. There’s more to say but I’ll let the recipe do the rest of the talking.

Apple & Raisin Grilled Cheese

A BLT Original Recipe

-28 slices of raisin bread

-6 Fuji apples, peeled and cut into twelfths

-4 cups of cheese (2 cups of shredded harvarti cheese & 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese)

-1 1/4 cup of room temperature butter

– Grounded cinnamon (optional)

Makes 14 grilled cheeses  

1. Warm up your sandwich press or panini maker if using. Alternatively, set your griddle or frying pan to medium-high heat. Butter one side of eat slice of the bread and lay one slice, butter side down, onto the pan/press/maker.

2. Top the non-butter side of the bread with two tablespoons of the harvarti-mozzaerlla blend, followed by about five apple slices and a dash of cinnamon

3. Top it off with two more tablespoons of the cheese blend and the second slice of bread, butter side up. Grill each side for six minutes.

4. Savour with remaining apple slices and a side of walnuts.

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