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Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! 3 Ways to Revamp Your Favorite Classic

By Emily Collins

Grilled cheese: An American classic, a staple of your childhood. The tasty, quick meal has come very far in the past few years and even has the entire month of April to celebrate its deliciousness. We all have our tried and true favorites, but to celebrate the delightful sandwich, here are some great, new ways to revamp your classic comfort food!

1. The Grilled Cheese Roll

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Grilled Cheese Rolls | Photo credit: gimmesomeoven on Tablespoon

 

First up is my personal favorite: the grilled cheese roll. They’re adorable, functional and only take about 10 minutes to prepare. These treats are perfect for a party appetizer or to eat on the go. If you like tomato soup with your grilled cheese, this recipe is the best way to maximize your dunking experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of your favorite type of pre-sliced bread
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Optional: a can of tomato soup

Directions:

  1. Take your two slices of bread (or more if it’s for a party!) and cut off the crust.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten your bread. If you don’t have one, a wine bottle always works.
  3. Take your slices of American cheese and place them on the flattened bread.
  4. Take the bread and cheese and roll it very tightly.
  5. In the meantime, take your 2 tbsp of butter and let it simmer in a frying pan on medium heat.
  6. Make sure your grilled cheese rolls are nice and tight and place them seam down in the pan. This will prevent your grilled cheese rolls from unrolling in the pan.
  7. Once the edge is sealed, flip the rolls so they’re cooked evenly for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Serve on a plate with a bowl of tomato soup while they’re still hot!

2. The Lazy Grilled Cheese

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Classic Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Closet Cooking

Next up is what I like to call “the lazy grilled cheese.” We all have those days. You forgot to shop. Bread and cheese are your only options, turning on the stove feels like such a chore. But wait! There’s hope! Got a toaster? How about a microwave? You’re in luck! This recipe is a life saver if you’re too busy to cook or are just feelinga little lazy.

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of white or wheat bread
  • Your favorite kind of cheese (I love to use shredded cheese for this quick recipe)

Directions:

  1. Place 2 slices of bread in the toaster until it’s nice and crispy.
  2. Take toast and place the cheese between.
  3. Put the sandwich in the microwave about 15-20 seconds, no more than that!

3. Date Night Grilled Cheese

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Tomato, Avocado and Jalapeno Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Delicious-Delightful-Delovely

 

Now, we’re about to step up our game a little bit. This is our date night grilled cheese. Don’t know how to cook at all, but want to impress your date? This is the meal for you. It’s a tomato, avocado and jalapeno grilled cheese. It’s a spicy twist on your favorite classic and totally easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • A thick bread, ideally French bread or Panini style bread. This is crucial to make your date fall in love with your grilled cheese in disguise
  • Sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • 4-5 cilantro leaves. Whole or chopped
  • Chopped and seeded jalapenos, as many or as little as you want
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a frying pan on the stove at medium heat.
  3. Butter the outside of both slices of bread.
  4. Place buttered bread onto frying pan.
  5. Start to layer your ingredients, cheese first.
  6. As the cheese is melting, lay the tomato, jalapenos, cilantro and avocado gradually. Be sure to check the bottom of the bread and make sure it is not burning.
  7. Add another layer of sliced mozzarella cheese and place the other slice of bread atop the sandwich.
  8. Once the bottom layer is melted, slowly flip your sandwich to the other side.
  9. Apply pressure to the sandwich gradually. Once the cheese is melted and warm, take your grilled cheese and place it onto a greased cooking pan.
  10. Place the sandwich in the oven for about a minute to ensure the cheese is completely melted.

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Texas College Eliminates Bacon from Cafeteria

Colleges across the country are struggling to compete with each other in several key areas, but not where you might think. Efforts to ‘go green’ have urged many colleges and universities to step up their sustainability programs, support their local communities, and even improve the health content of the food they serve.

Paul Quinn College in Texas just instituted a new policy banning pork from the school cafeterias. School president Michael J. Sorrell views pork as an unhealthy meat that can lead to a variety of health issues. Paul Quinn College is historically a black college, and Sorrell has been limiting the school’s dining options since he took office five years ago.

Among the other changes that have come to Paul Quinn College include eliminating the school’s football team program to turn the extra field in a garden producing vegetables and fruit, which are sold on campus and in local markets to the surrounding populace. Sorrell notified students at the college of his latest change in a news update on August 8th.

“We know there are many negative health consequences of consuming pork (eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sodium retention and heart problem, not to mention weight gain and obesity). Therefore, as a part of our continued effort to improve the lives and health of our students, Paul Quinn College and its food service partner Perkins Management have collaborated to create a pork-free cafeteria. From this semester forward PQC will no longer serve dishes containing pork. That applause you hear in the background is the blood pressure of our students, faculty and staff.”

Sorrell backs up his decision by remarking on the specific risks associated with the students at Paul Quinn College. “The reality is that our student population comes from a demographic that struggles with the type of health concerns that you see in an under resourced community,” he said.

School official are dubious about a Paul Quinn’s no-pork policy catching on at other schools, while more campus cafeterias strive to expand dining options rather than diminish them. Paul Quinn’s rejection of pork products also raises questions as to the true nutritional value of pork, and whether or not the school will ban more meats in the future.

Sorrell remains unconcerned with his decision to take pork out of the school cafeterias. “The reality of it is, it’s not as big of a deal as people make it out to be. You can be ok without pork. I think they’ll survive.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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College Students Create a Campus Food Truck Brand

Food trucks have proved to be a successful business model for many people with entrepreneurial aspirations. Given the low overhead costs and potentially high returns, it’s no wonder that three students from Bowdoin University in Brunswick, Maine decided to start their own food truck business on campus.

The three students come from varying backgrounds but all have an interest in food, particularly Isaac Brower, who already owns his own successful food cart in Rockland, Maine. The food trck business they are starting will be called CampusFoodTrucks, Inc., set to open in early March. The food truck will cater to late night crowds, operating from 10pm to 3am on weekend nights.

The ultimate goal of CampusFoodTrucks is to achieve success at Bowdoin and then expand to other schools. The business model can be easily translated across other campuses, and the founders hope to make a permanent impression upon Bowdoin University.

The food truck aims to fill a void students have complained about pertaining to a lack of late night activities. Eventually, the students hope that CampusFoodTrucks will become a permanent institution at Bowdoin, and are seeking to hire students to help cook and run the register.

Isaac Brower supplied the truck to the group, which belonged to him and a friend in Rockland, Maine as a seafood truck for tourists. The students have applied for local and state permits, and were approved by the college administration. They have also secured venture capital to set up the kitchen and powering up the truck, collected mostly from friends and family. Several items have already been selected for the menu, including burger, hot dogs, chicken tenders, French fries, onion rings and a signature sandwich called the CFT, a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with chicken tenders and bacon.

The founders plan to break even by the end of the semester, ultimately seeking to establish a permanent institution at Bowdoin and other colleges, rather than simply collecting profit.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com