There are few things in life more simple and perfect than the humble grilled cheese sandwich. Crisp, golden bread sandwiching scrumptious, melty cheese and with those two ingredients alone this humble sandwich is already something special. When I was invited to participate in Kitchen PLAY‘s “30 Days of Grilled Cheese” event, I jumped at the opportunity!
I have a love affair with the grilled cheese sandwich and all it has to offer. The grilled cheese is a blank canvas for any number of ingredients. Are you a minimalist? Keep it simple with good ol’ Land O Lakes® Deli American Cheese. As a mother, I love this cheese because it’s versatile for all kinds of dishes, tastes great and my girls love it! It’s smooth and delicious, with a melt-in-your-mouth creaminess that makes it the perfect cheese to have on hand when making a classic grilled cheese sandwich to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month this month.
If you want to jazz your grilled cheese up just a little bit, add crisp, fresh lettuce or perhaps a few strips of bacon. Want to get fancy? The addition of sweet, caramelized onions to your grilled cheese, seasoned sautéed mushrooms or perhaps pesto gives a sophisticated flair. Your grilled cheese sandwich can be anything you desire and your only limitation is your culinary imagination.
Of all the endless cheesy sandwich possibilities my very favorite addition is Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend because it’s the best combination of the most flavorful Italian cheeses – Asiago, Parmesan and Romano – blended with the creamy goodness of Land O Lakes® Deli American Cheese. I love this creamy cheese as a simple snack with the crunch of a good cracker, in my favorite 4 Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip but by far my favorite way to enjoy it is as part of a warm, creamy grilled cheese sandwich.
My perfect grilled cheese sandwich is thinly sliced sourdough bread paired with Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend, a juicy ripe tomato, fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. The creamy, decadent taste of Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend elevates the humble perfection of basic grilled cheese to a sandwich that makes lunchtime feel like something special. This vibrant grilled cheese sandwich is full of fresh flavors making it the perfect way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month.
You can also celebrate by pinning! Throughout April through May 1st, Land O’ Lakes will donate $1 to Feeding America every time someone pins or repins a Land O’ Lakes recipe on Pinterest. That’s eight meals for a hungry family when you pin a recipe – and eight more every time anyone else repins it. Giving goes viral! Find your favorite grilled cheese recipe to pin on landolakes.com.
Land O’ Lakes has produced a variety of top-quality cheese products, from farm to table, for over 90 years. Land O’ Lakes is a farmer-owner cooperative, consisting of independent farms, large and small. These farmers take pride in providing the best ingredients to into all Land O’ Lake cheese products. History and practices like these make me feel proud to serve Land O Lakes® Deli American Cheese to my family. No wonder it’s the number one seller in America.
America’s favorite cheese is sliced fresh at the deli counter, just how you like it, at a wide variety of grocery retailers and independent delis, primarily on the East Coast. Now go grab some and celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month by making your own grilled cheese sandwiches. You can find wonderful grilled cheese ideas on Kitchen PLAY as well as Land O’ Lakes.
Grilled crusty sourdough bread sandwiches 4 melty cheeses, fresh tomatoes, basil and a balsamic reduction for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.
- 1 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
- pinch of salt
- 2 slices sourdough bread
- 4 slices Land O' Lakes 4 Cheese Italian Blend
- 2 slices fresh tomato
- 2-3 large fresh basil leaves
- In a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Continue simmering until reduced to 1/4 cup and the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 10-15 minutes. Cool completely.
- Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of sourdough bread and place in the hot skillet. Top each slice of bread with two slice of cheese, overlapping as necessary. Cook until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted.
- Remove from heat and transfer bread slices to a plate. Top one slice of bread with tomato slices and fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with desired amount of balsamic glaze. Top with second slice of bread. Serve immediately.
*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’ Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY Sidecar series. All opinions given are my own.