First up, THE BEST grilled cheese you will ever eat. As one fan said, "I can never go back to any other kind." Next, a light chocolate shake that cuts calories, fat and carbs but not flavor...too good to be true? Not really.Especially when you can kick it up about 50 notches with some alcoholic additions that will be a sweet way to savor your favorite fanged summer show.
KICK A** GRILLED CHEESE
What you'll need:
-Loaf of sourdough bread
-Organic unsalted butter, room temperature
-2 packages of Sargento or deli sliced reduced fat sharp cheddar
-medium-sized saute pan or flat pancake pan
Have your sourdough loaf sliced thin at the bakery or, if home-made, pre-slice entire loaf for easy sandwiches all week (or, if you're hosting the TRUE BLOOD premiere, for up to 7 people.) Pair slices of bread on counter for up to 7 sandwiches; place top slice on counter and turn bottom slic over to prep for buttering. Spread organic butter over entire surface of both slices. To zip it up, you can use compound butter or flavored butter on your sourdough. Winning combinations include garlic-herb butter and white truffle butter; most grocery stores sell these combinations in gourmet sections. In a medium pan, you can probably make 2-3 sandwiches at a time. Place 2-3 slices of bread, butter side down, in pre-heated pan on medium heat (depending on the size of your pan). Build your cheese filling by tearing cheese slices to size. 1.5 slices per sandwich is optimum. Place matching buttered slice on top of cheese, butter side up. Let cook for 3-5 minutes each side on medium heat, checking to make sure there is no burning. When one side is a golden to deep brown color, flip with spatula and repeat cooking time. When both sides of the sandwich are golden-medium brown, remove from pan and place on serving tray, cutting each sandwich in half on the diagonal. Garnish with home-grown/organic flatleaf Italian parsley, et voila! THE MOST delicious grilled cheese sandwich you'll ever eat.
Add ins: If you want to add variety to your classic grilled cheese, you can add in a slice of bacon (veggie is preferred) per sandwich, or, cut big slices of organic beefsteak tomotatoes--1 slice per sandwich; another alternative is to add in thinly sliced apple or pear (any variety). The bacon and apple additions can be combined for a great flavor surge with the sharp cheddar. Yum! It's easy being green with hearty, filling food like this!
LIGHT CHOCOLATE SHAKE
What you'll need:
-1 cup of skim milk
-6 ice cubes
-2 tablespoons of Hershey's syrup
Optional add ins:
-1/2 ounce of Kahlua or Kahlua Peppermint Mocha (this is a favorite option for dessert)
-1/2 ounce of Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur or White Chocolate Liqueur
In blender, combine 6 ice cubes, syrup and milk. Blend on high until ice is fully incorporated. Mixture will be frothy. Add in and optional flavors, if desired, and blend on high for another 30 seconds.
You will have enough for about a glass and a half. Garnish with fresh raspberries or for the peppermint mocha, a chocolate dipped peppermint stick. And enjoy!!!
So that's it for this edition of Pop Culture Cooking! Next up, berry salad with home-made organic whipped cream (with a secret ingredient!), grilled zucchini and corn on the cob brushed with an insanely good butter mixture you'll want to whip out for your Fourth of July BBQ, and roasted organic carrots that will ROCK your food-world. And bonus! How to take all three veggie recipes and use the leftovers for a quinoa salad with blow-your-mind flavor that combines things like curry and maple syrup. For reals, y'all!!!
Until then...stay hungry!!!