Classic Pimiento Cheese

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Just a few more days and the game of the year will be here! Every game day needs a cheese dip of some type or another. Classic Pimiento Cheese.


Classic Pimiento Cheese

So, I thought making a recipe that was an homage to each team was a fun idea. After a little research, and some serious thought for Atlanta, I chose Classic Pimiento Cheese.

Classic Pimiento Cheese

Never have I had Classic Pimiento Cheese or any other pimiento cheese. Pimiento…….I wasn’t so sure? From bartending for about a thousand years……I’m not kidding,I did…..I do not care for pimento stuffed olives. Thinking of the olives with the pimientos stuffed inside, I couldn’t imagine that Classic Pimiento Cheese would be good at all!! Continue reading “Classic Pimiento Cheese”

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Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

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It has been HOT!!!! Let’s not heat up the house with the oven…….let’s GRILL.   Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms.      Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms


Grilled stuffed mushrooms, full of gooey cheese, crispy bacon, and spinach. What’s not to love?????

I don’t know about anyone else, but when its ubber hot like it was last week, the last thing on my mind is cooking indoors. Outdoors is another story. No need to heat up the house and over tax your AC…thank you Mr. Carrier for inventing the best thing since sliced bread.

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

Sometimes the grocery store has a pre made item that will catch the eye. Such was the case of some stuffed mushrooms. They were stuffed with cheese and we were grilling so we threw them on the grill.

Other than the fact that they were probably not the healthiest things in the world. I recently have issue with too much pre-packaged foods, maybe because we have been eating too much of it. But they were little bites of heaven.

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

My mission was clear……to make my own version. Stuffed mushroom are pretty straight forward to make and you can stuff them with most anything.

I knew I wanted to use cheese,a given and cream cheese makes things super rich and creamy, besides every recipe I researched had cream cheese. They all couldn’t be wrong!

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

If all else fails, bacon is your friend. I swear it could make the worst thing take great. O.K. maybe not liver, but most anything else. So, a veggie would be nice, spinach. A nice green color, good for you, and tastes great with bacon.Everything gets all mixed up and stuffed in the mushroom cap.

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

For my money, baby bellas are the best stuffing mushrooms, but any nice sized mushroom will work. Be sure to remove the stem and wipe them clean with a damp paper towel or a mushroom brush.

I had a mushroom brush at one time and I don’t know what happen, but it disappeared. I can hear my Mom saying “Well it didn’t grow legs and walk off”……I sure do miss my Mom. But for cleaning mushrooms they are a great gadget to have.

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

The cool part of stuffed mushrooms is, you can make them in advance and cook them at your leisure. Outside, on the grill, with your choice of beverage.

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms make a great appetizer, or can be a side dish for grilled meat. Give them a try for your next cookout!

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 8 pieces bacon, cooked crisp, reserving 2 tablespoons for topping, reserve
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 16 oz whole mushrooms
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese mix
  • Salt and Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare grill.
  2. Using a damp paper towel or mushroom brush wipe mushrooms of any visible dirt and remove stems.
  3. In a small skillet, heat reserved bacon fat over medium high heat. Add shallots and sauté just until translucent. Add spinach and cook until spinach is wilted.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, Panko crumbs, 1 cup cheddar cheese mix, egg, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  5. Add spinach and bacon to the cheese mixture. Mix until evenly incorporated.
  6. Place mushroom caps onto a small sheet that will fit your grill or use a grate made for the grill.
  7. Fill mushroom cups with cheese mixture I used a small ice cream scoop and then pressed down lightly so you can get more filling in.
  8. Sprinkle each stuffed mushroom with a little bit of reserved cheese and bacon.
  9. Grill about 20 minutes.
  10. Alternately you can bake in a 350* oven for the same amount of time.

 

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Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

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Who doesn’t love a loaded baked potato????? Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese ……..a loaded baked potato sandwich style.


Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Last Sunday was a gloomy, yucky, rainy, icky……you get the picture day. On days like that comfort food is just what a body needs. It gives you internal sunshine……since Mother Nature has not cooperated this Spring!

A nice warm baked potato, smothered in sour cream , bacon, cheese, and green onions, is the perfect comfort food. How about we turn it into the ultimate grilled cheese? Now there is a sparkling idea. I have always loved grilled cheese and tomato soup when I am feeling down, so at super duper grilled cheese should be a pick me upper!

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

And boy howdy was it ever. Sour dough bread toasted to perfection, stuffed with cheddar cheese, sour, cream, bacon, potato slices, and green onions. It was lip smacking good!

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese is all that a loaded baked potato should be….with bread!!
Buttery crispy outside, cheesy melty, gooey, bacony, potatoey, sour creamy, green oniony inside, you can just feel the warmth and comfort.

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Sour dough bread was my bread of choice, but use whatever kind of bread you want, its for your comfort. Spread with butter on the outside, sour cream on the inside.

Crispy bacon, and reserve that bacon fat to fry the potatoes. Speaking of the potatoes…….I sliced them thinnish, not see through thin but thin. I fried them in the reserved bacon fat…….this sandwich is not for the calorie faint of heart.

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Let the layering begin………sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, potatoes, green onions, a touch more sour cream, just to hold things together, more cheddar cheese, the top piece of bread…….lets get grilling.

Not the outdoor grill….to a skillet or griddle heated over medium heat. Grill/toast until golden brown and the cheese is all melty.

All thats left……..slice and serve.

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Next time you need some comfort…….Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese.

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 3 pieces bacon
  • 1 potato sliced into even slices
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 slices mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 2 pieces sour dough bread
  • Butter
  • Garlic pepper
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. On medium heat cook bacon, until desired doneness, I prefer crispy. Reserve about 2 tablespoons bacon fat.
  2. Cut your potato into even slices, about 4-5 slices for each sandwich. In the reserved bacon fat, fry the potatoes until browned and crispy. Seasoning with garlic pepper and salt to taste.
  3. To assemble the sandwich, coat one side of the sour dough bread with butter, be sure to cover the entire surface.
  4. Flip the slices over and on the other side spread the sour cream using 1 tablespoon on each pieces of bread.
  5. Layer beginning with cheese slices using two slices to start. Top with bacon, potatoes, and green onions, using the remaining sour cream to keep the layers in place, then top with remaining two slices of cheese. Place the remaining piece of bread sour cream side down over the layers.
  6. Over medium heat grill your sandwich until each side is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  7. Cut in half and enjoy!

 

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