Rainy and cold October days calls for grilled cheese sandwiches and a piping hot bowl of soup. But when you're feeling fancy in the kitchen and want to dress up that simple sandwich, I highly recommend you adding dates, basil, and ham to that melted cheese. It is at that point that grilled cheese sandwich then becomes a big deal.
I'm not sure why I love sandwiches so much. Maybe it's the crusty bread and all the glorious fillings in between those two pieces of awesome carbs. I find it melodious and this sweet and salty combo of ham and dates just sings with its delicious simplicity.
Have a great weekend. Xo.
Ingredients (Adapted from Food Network Magazine April 2011) Yields 4 sandwiches
4 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
8 slices crusty bread
8 slices ham or prosciutto (about 2 ounces)
8 slices monterey jack cheese (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup pitted dates, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1. Spread the butter on one side of each bread slice. Heat a large skillet over the medium heat. Put 2 bread slices in the skillet, buttered side down. Layer 2 slices of ham, 1 slice of cheese, one-quarter each of the dates and basil, and another slice of cheese on each piece of bread. Close each with another piece of bread, buttered side up.
2. Cook, pressing sandwiches occasionally with a spatula, until the cheese melts and the bread is golden, 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat to take 2 more sandwiches.