For National Grilled Cheese Month, I have for you the ULTIMATE grilled cheese sandwich that uses FOUR kinds of cheese! I have combined American and Italian flavours to name this invention the Quattro Formaggi Margherita Sandwich. The tartness of semi-dried tomatoes, the zing of basil and the differing intensities of the four cheeses – Gouda, Bocconcini, Blue Cheese and Goat’s Cheese make this a grilled cheese lover’s dream! Try it the next time you’re craving grilled cheese, perhaps tonight?!
When I was in high school, my mother would sometimes make us blue cheese sandwiches for lunch. “Do I smell feet?” My friends would ask – “No it is merely my delicious blue cheese sandwich which I eat while holding my breath” I would reply. Blue cheese was very new to me then. Our first experience of it was at Chilli’s on their Southern style fried chicken. I still remember feeling trembles while tasting that delectable blue cheese sauce. The world had spoken to me. I was now a cheese aficionado.
Now, growing up in Saudi Arabia, I got to savour all types of local and imported cheeses. Arabs are big on dairy products. The deli sections you see in Western supermarkets is measly compared to the ones in the Middle East. One long section dedicated to olives and pickles, another for every form of cheese imaginable, and the other side for the deli meats, the final side for a mix of spreads, dips and fruits. My dad loves cheese and olives and I imagine that is where I developed my taste for cheese as well.
A typical deli in Saudi Arabia. Source: panoramio.com
Grilled cheese is one of my favourite sandwiches to have. As a broke university student, I could devour grilled cheese sandwiches for days without a fall in marginal utility (for you Economics geeks out there). My waistline probably did not thank me for that, but my heart was content. With a more refined palette, I started incorporating semi-dried tomatoes, caramelised onions, fresh basil, garlic oil…all sorts of other condiments into my grilled cheese.
So when I heard that April is NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE MONTH, I had to jump on the bandwagon even though I don’t live in the States. I want to share the love too, y’all!
So here I have concocted for you the ULTIMATE grilled cheese sandwich. I do not want to be speaking in hyperbole, but this is probably one of the best I’ve had. A union between the Americans and Italians – it’s got FOUR kinds of cheese, with semi-dried tomatoes and fresh basil (from my little garden)! I call it the Quattro Formaggi Margherita Sandwich. If you love pizza, you know what I’m talkin’ about. Ooey gooey Bocconcini (or Mozarella), Gouda (or Cheddar), salty blue cheese (or feta) and some creamy goat’s cheese.
If I am ever put on death row, this will be my last requested meal. Sorry to be morbid and a little inappropriate. But this is just how much I’ve fallen in love with this invention of mine!
I hope you enjoy this sandwich today and every day (we won’t judge) and let me know how you like it! Happy Grilled Cheese Month!
For National Grilled Cheese Month, I've created the ULTIMATE grilled cheese sandwich that combines four kinds of cheese, merging American and Italian flavours. This will be your go-to family grilled cheese recipe!
- 2 slices good quality white bread
- 100 grams sliced bocconcini or mozarella
- 1 1/2 slices gouda or cheddar
- 20 grams blue cheese, crumbled or feta
- 20 grams goat's cheese
- 3 semi-dried tomatoes, sliced
- 4 leaves fresh basil
- 1 tbsp garlic olive oil (keep a clove of garlic in olive oil for 1/2 hour to use in dressings or this sandwich)
- 2 tsp butter
Place bocconcini, gouda, blue cheese and goat's cheese on a slice of bread. You may use the suggested cheese substitutes instead.
Place semi-dried tomatoes followed by fresh basil.
Drizzle one side of the second slice of bread with garlic olive oil and place face down on the assembled sandwich.
Met 1 tsp butter in pan and place sandwich. Toast till golden brown for 2-3 minutes.
Add remaining butter and turn sandwich over. Hold down with spatula or a small plate to melt the cheese properly for 2-3 minutes.
Slice the sandwich in half and watch the melty cheese ooze out. Bellissimo!
Watch how to make the ULTIMATE grilled cheese sandwich