Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Lazy, Snowy Weekend and Grilled Cheese

We are so busy during the week that when the weekends come along we simply crash. We make sure to get our favorite football game in, we try to cook a few meals together and most importantly we spend time catching up.

This weekend we pulled out a bunch of puzzles and made a date in front of the fireplace to spend a few lazy hours talking, laughing, teasing, listening to some soft music and puzzle building. These hours together are priceless. Check out this post for our puzzle tips.

Since we spend a lot of time around a table of puzzle pieces so when I found this adorable cookie cutter, I knew that i had to have it. I love putting a fun touch on an everyday staple like grilled cheese. And for us, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup is a winter staple so it is fun to give it a tiny make over every once in a while. I just happen to have a puzzle piece cookie cutter to use. This technique is only limited by your imagination. Here is another look at a grilled cheese I served at my son's birthday party.

The board of ingredients for our lunch is so refreshingly simple. I am adding a touch of fresh parsley to our soup because I happen to have some on hand, but it is not necessary at all.

Start with two slices of bread.

Center your cookie cutter in the middle of your bread and press.

Leave the bread cut out in the slice of bread.

Add a drizzle of olive oil to your non stick pan or griddle. I am using a griddle. You can also butter each slice of bread if you wish, but this method is much faster.

Place your bread on the skillet right over the olive oil and let the bread get toasty. Do no do anything until your bread has toasted completely.

When the bread is ready to flip, add two sliced of cheese and top with the second slice of bread.

This is what you wind up with. Make sure you are toasting the bread on a low heat so the cheese has plenty of time to melt before the bread and oil start burning.


Cookie Cutter Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


2 Slices of Bread
2 Slices of Cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cookie Cutter
Griddle or Non-Stick Pan


1. Cut Bread with cookie cutter.

2. Add a drizzle of oil to a non stick skillet over medium low heat.

3. Place cut bread in pan.

4. When bread is toasted add two slices of cheese and top with the second slice of bread. Flip the sandwich over and toast the second piece of bread.

5. Enjoy.

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