Apparently Sue and I missed National Grilled Cheese Day by a day. Who knew there was a National Grilled Cheese Day?
What food doesn't have its own day yet?
Is there a National Chocolate Cake Day? Because that is a day I do NOT want to miss celebrating.
Anyway... back to grilled cheese...
I was inspired to make this after seeing a pierogi inspired grilled cheese on BS' In The Kitchen. You should pop over and see their version - their photos look way more melty then mine do.
My first thought upon seeing this creation was - OMG that looks amazing!
Followed shortly thereafter with - OMG that has to be the most unhealthy thing in the history of ever!
Followed shortly thereafter with - *singing* I know what I am having for dinner tonight!
This isn't going to make any one's Top 10 list for healthy foods. In fact, I'm willing to wager a lot of money that it makes a lot of Top 10 lists for 'Food most likely to induce a heart attack".
That being said...
It's totally worth the risk!
If you need to do something to justify eating this then serve it with a green salad. I'm pretty sure the vegetables in the salad will cancel out the carbs and calories in the sandwich.
Pierogi Grilled Cheese
(Inspired by BS' In The Kitchen)
1 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 clove garlic, minced
sprinkle garlic salt
1 soft bread bun, halved (I used Portuguese bread)
1/4 cup mashed potatoes, heated
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cheddar cheese, shredded & divided
1/4 of a small onion, diced
1 green onion, diced
1 slice bacon, diced
1 Tbsp sour cream
In a small dish, combine butter and garlic and garlic salt. Stir until well combined. Spread on both halves of bun.
In the same dish the butter was mixed in, mash together the potatoes and 1/4 cup of the cheese until cheese is melted. (If necessary you can microwave for a few seconds to assist melting.)
In a pan large enough to hold the sandwich, fry together the onion, green onion, and bacon until bacon is cooked.
On one half of the bun, spread the potato "pierogi" filling.
Top with the fried onion and bacon.
Top with remaining 2 Tbsp cheese.
Top with other half of bun.
Using pan that the onion was fried in, placed back over low heat, place sandwich in pan. Put a bit of weight on top of the sandwich to press it down - like another frying pan.
Cook over low heat until cheese starts to melt and bread is browned on the bottom. Then flip sandwich over and cook another few minutes to brown up the other half of the bun.
Remove from heat. Slice and serve with a little sour cream.
You can see my bread got a little over-browned. I had the heat too high, trying to rush it. If the heat is too high the bread will burn and your insides won't have a chance to get all hot and melty.
Don't rush it!!
This is like a giant crispy pierogi.
Who wouldn't want a giant crispy pierogi?
Please don't answer that.
It was a rhetorical question. Clearly EVERYONE wants a giant crispy pierogi.
If there is, perchance, someone out there who doesn't want a giant pierogi...well...then...I feel really sad for them.
It must be terrible being crazy.
*cough* Sue *cough*