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Inside-Out Grilled Cheese

Inside-Out Grilled Cheese

The spring 2013 issue of Culture Magazine: The Word on Cheese has one seriously confused-looking grilled cheese on its cover. What happened? Grilled cheese may be one of the world's simplest sandwiches, and the food stylist put the cheese in the wrong place — on the outside of the bread.

Of course, I kid. The feature recipe, for the "Inside-Out Grilled Cheese" from Edzo’s Burger Shop in Chicago, could barely be more brilliant. Grilled cheese: with twice the cheese.

That said, I found the suggestion to use American cheese a bit, well, insulting — call me a cheese snob — and accordingly created my own rendition. The inside: slivers of green tomato sandwiched between slices of white Cheddar. And the outside: a generous smear of butter, plus an even more generous sprinkling of grated Gruyère. The extra cheese turns into a delightfully crispy crust, much like an Italian frico

Click here to see 12 Jazzed-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes for Grown-Ups (and Kids, Too).

Ingredients

  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 16 slices white Cheddar
  • 8 thin slices green tomato, drained briefly on a paper towel
  • 1/4 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 Cup grated Gruyère

Directions

Lay out 2 pieces of bread. To 1 piece, add 2 Cheddar slices, topped by 2 tomato slices, topped by 2 more Cheddar slices. (Putting the tomatoes between the cheese will help avoid any sogginess.) Close the sandwich and generously butter both sides. Sprinkle 1/8 cup of the Gruyère on the top piece of bread and press down lightly. Repeat the process to create 3 more sandwiches. 

Heat a (preferably nonstick) sauté pan over medium-high heat. Gruyère side down, add as many sandwiches as will fit in the pan — working in batches, since you don't want to crowd them! Add another 1/8 cup of the Gruyère to the top of each sandwich and press down.

When the bottom side is crispy and browned, give the pan a good shake, and flip each sandwich with a bit of confidence. Continue to cook until the inside is melty. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Slice each in half and serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving859
Total Fat62g96%
Sugar4gN/A
Saturated36g100%
Cholesterol181mg60%
Protein45g90%
Carbs30g10%
Vitamin A487µg54%
Vitamin B122µg26%
Vitamin B60.2mg11.8%
Vitamin C5mg8%
Vitamin D1µgN/A
Vitamin E3mg15%
Vitamin K12µg15%
Calcium1199mg100%
Fiber4g16%
Folate (food)62µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)62µg15%
Iron2mg11%
Magnesium92mg23%
Monounsaturated16gN/A
Niacin (B3)3mg15%
Phosphorus874mg100%
Polyunsaturated4gN/A
Potassium319mg9%
Riboflavin (B2)0.7mg41.1%
Sodium1252mg52%
Thiamin (B1)0.3mg21%
Trans2gN/A
Zinc6mg42%