Open-Faced Grilled Cheese

I don’t know if it’s being a thirty-year-old, or just the way things fell this year, but I’ve been busy! With the days being short and dark, it’s all I can do after work to cook dinner and watch a few episodes of Great British Baking Show or Grace and Frankie before calling it a night. And our weekends have been booked solid!

Those are just excuses for why I’ve — once again — fallen off the face of the blogging planet for a bit. Are we at a point where I can skip these intros and just pick up as if there haven’t been month-long gaps between posts? Maybe?

Anyway, one of these busy weekends, we visited family down in Naples, FL. It was glorious. The weather was a perfect 80s-and-sunny all weekend, we watched the sunset while walking on the beach every night, mixed some perfectly refreshing cocktails, and responsibly soaked up a little sun.

We also made these super easy and SO decadent grilled cheeses. I can’t take any credit beyond agreeing to every suggestion Charlie’s aunt made, but I’ve since made my own at least three times.

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I also found this recipe for crusty bread in under two hours (!!) so we’re eating pretty well this week. I actually baked the bread after work one night (which is unheard of, because, you know, rise-times). I’ll admit I prefer the depth of flavor (or is it texture?) a good slower-rise brings, but in a pinch, this recipe is great!

Basically, all you do is toast a slice of crusty bread (French is best), slather it with fig jam, cover it in slices of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese (or your cheddar of choice), then broil that bad boy for a few minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

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Best enjoyed with a fork and knife… but you do you, I won’t judge!

Other notes:

  • Once, we added sliced turkey between the jam and cheese, which was delectable
  • I bet apple butter (or thin-sliced granny smith apples), bacon, and cheddar would be super tasty
  • Really, any combination of jam and cheese that sounds good to you should work — let me know what you try!

Author: ramblingsofawildcard

Annie is a writer with a day job. She lives in Saint Louis with her husband, and enjoys good Tequila, crappy mac ‘n’ cheese, and she will never say no to ice cream.

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