Ah, cheese and bread! Is there anything better? Nothing can rival the simplicity and the level of comfort a buttery, crisp and gooey grilled cheese affords. I realize I’ve already sung the praises of this simple snack over the equally glorious Open-Faced Warm Mushroom and Brie sandwich, but I cannot contain my love and admiration for this humble slice of culinary bliss.
When cheese, bread, butter and a hot pan come together magical things happen. Since these simple ingredients and implements are all that is required to make a knock out grilled cheese sandwich, the adaptations are endless. One such creation is this sweet, spicy and sharp number that I like to call the Hawaiian Grilled Cheese.
You may remember me telling you my beau discovered a love for pineapple this summer. It all started with this Hawaiian pizza. Then, to break the endless and somewhat daunting parade of Hawaiian pizzas I was badgered to prepare, I created this fruitful take on a plate of nachos. Stir-fries studded with pineapple followed and the fruit has since become a staple in our refrigerator; in fact, we gage how badly we need to go to the grocery store based on our pineapple supply.
After enduring a day that felt like three, I stumbled home horrifically hangry only to find that my beau was in the same state. The situation was dire so, I knew I had to pull a rabbit out of my hat and fast. Grilled cheese sandwiches (even fancy ones) require less than 15 minutes prep work and less than 10 minutes cook time; in other words, they are weekday perfection.
I caramelized the last bit of pineapple we had in the fridge, grabbed some ham, cheddar cheese and a jalapeno. I placed the whole mess between two pieces of nutty bread and introduced the happy bundle to buttered hot pan. In mere moments I was declared a hero as the golden brown sandwiches found their way to the table. If only all victories could come this easy and taste as sweet.
Throw some butter and pan and prepare to rid the world of hangriness one Hawaiian Grilled Cheese at a time
Hawaiian Grilled Cheese: Serves 4
8 slices of multigrain bread
¼ pineapple, sliced
2 tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp butter, divided
1 tbsp olive oil
1 jalapeno, deseeded and sliced
8 slices of deli ham
1-cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Heat 2 tbsp of butter in a small pan over medium heat.
Add pineapple and brown sugar and sauté until golden turning once – about 3 minutes per side.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Assemble sandwiches by placing dividing cheese amongst four slices of bread.
Next stack some ham followed by a roughly three slices of pineapple and top with a few jalapeno slices.
Close the sandwich with another slice of bread.
In a large pan heat the rest of the butter and olive oil over medium heat.
Add sandwiches to the pan and fry until golden brown – about 3 minutes per side.
Slide onto a plate and slice diagonally.
Serve immediately with a bowl of piping hot soup.