The grilled cheese sandwich: beloved by the young and old alike. It can stand alone as a meal; serve as a crucial component of a combo meal when paired with soup, salad, French fries, or chips; or make an excellent quick snack that can be enjoyed on-the-go.
Built upon the simple principle of cheese melted between two slices of bread on a grill, the seemingly endless number of add-on and culinary twists this menu item can take on makes it one of the most versatile dishes in the American gastronomic canon. The grilled cheese sandwich even gets its own national day of recognition. National Grilled Cheese Day falls on April 12, and this year, Amused on New York’s Upper West Side is making sure 100 percent of the sales of chef and co-owner Stella Ballarini’s S’mores grilled cheese will go toward a good cause.
Ballarini’s S’mores grilled cheese embodies a playful marriage of sweet and savory flavors. Instead of marshmallow, the chef layers mascarpone cheese and Nutella between pieces of toasted rustic bread, all of which is then sprinkled with graham cracker dust.
On this year’s National Grilled Cheese Day you can feel good about indulging in this gooey treat, as Amused will donate 100 percent of the sales of Ballarini’s S’mores grilled cheese to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry: a campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. So, while this grilled masterpiece is excellent any day of the year, we highly recommend giving it a try on April 12 — it’s a delicious way to celebrate the grilled cheese sandwich while supporting America’s hungry children.
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